Foreign

The Innocents (2021)

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The Innocents (2021)

Norwegian director Eskil Vogt got a double-honor at this year’s Academy Awards, first by getting a writing nomination along with his collaborator Joachim Trier for The World Person in the World and also saw his film nominated for Best International Feature.  That film, about the adventures of a young woman that could easily be written […]

| May 13, 2022
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Happening (2021)

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Happening (2021)

Audrey Diwan’s French drama Happening arrives in the United States at the very moment when the SCOTUS leak has led to raging protests over the possibility of overturning the historic Roe vs. Wade decision, giving individual states the right to control and even ban abortions, which, for the past 48 years, have remained legal.  If […]

| May 9, 2022
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Anaïs in Love (2022)

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Anaïs in Love (2022)

If I were living in a space that included a girl like Anaïs I might be inclined to want strangle her, or at the very least thrust her out of my immediate surroundings so I could get on with the normal patterns of my life.  She is the kind of person that I generally dislike.  […]

| May 4, 2022
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The Tale of King Crab (2022)

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The Tale of King Crab (2022)

    Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis’ The Tale of King Crab opens with a moment that I found completely inviting.  We’re in Tuscia in the company of a group of grizzled Italian fisherman, their faces weathered as much by the storms of life as by the elements of mother nature.  They are […]

| April 15, 2022
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Paris, 13th District (2021)

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Paris, 13th District (2021)

I saw Jacques Audiard’s Paris, 13th District on a day when I saw five other movies.  It was the only free day that I had in the week so I was cramming, therefore I didn’t have a lot of time to ruminate before whisking off to the next movie.  Yet, out of the sextet of movies that […]

| April 15, 2022
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The Girl and the Spider (2022)

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The Girl and the Spider (2022)

One is tempted to look at The Girl and the Spider and toss it into the bin of ‘art for art’s sake.’  I get that.  It contains no moment of high drama, no conventuous leerings that paint the actor’s performances with Oscar clips.  It is a drama, but not a riveting drama in any conventional […]

| April 8, 2022
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Ahed’s Knee (2022)

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Ahed’s Knee (2022)

When Ahed’s Knee ended, I experienced a somewhat frustrating day-long period of trying to decide how I felt about it.  The film is challenging, there’s no doubt about that, an artistic statement about the state of director Nadav Lapid’s native country and his desire to be free as an artist, but how does this all […]

| March 18, 2022
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Ema (2019)

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Ema (2019)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] Pablo Larraine’s Ema opens with one of the most striking images that I can recall.  It’s nighttime on an empty street and we are looking at a stoplight on fire.  I hoped and prayed that […]

| August 29, 2021