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Film, "Unforgivable": How the French Romanticize Antiromanticism

"Unforgivable": How the French Romanticize Antiromanticism

André Téchiné's epic neo-family drama depicts offenses — attempted murder, mid-funeral beat downs, sex videos for Daddy — that no relation should have to countenance. Alain Resnais mainstay André Dussollier plays Francis, a bestselling mystery writer who travels to Venice…
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Film, When Everything Changed

When Everything Changed

Sex and chance brought them together, one furtive summer night, in the cruising grounds of a wooded Parisian park. Adrien (Michel Blanc), a doctor: bourgeois, middle-aged, world-weary, on the prowl for boys. Manu (Johan Libéreau), a boy: beaming, naive, freshly…
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Film, Feeling Blue

Feeling Blue

Furtive anonymous sex and deep psychological insight don't usually accompany one another -- except in the writings of John Rechy and Irving Rosenthal. But they most certainly do in Porn Theatre, writer/director/actor Jacques Nolot's uncannily subtle mood piece, helpfully retitled…
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Fights for Freedom

For the length of Abolfazl Jalili's masterful, mysterious Delbaran, an Afghan boy scampers about, trying to earn a living at a primitive truck stop in the unforgiving Iranian wilderness. Kaim is a war refugee and an illegal immigrant who expects…
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Bits and Pieces

No great feature films this year! Only some very good ones: Ma Saison Preferee (a 1993 film by Andre Techine), Big Night (Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott), James and the Giant Peach (Henry Selick), Flirting With Disaster (David O. Russell),…
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