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Film, "In Another Country": The Many Faces of Isabelle Huppert

"In Another Country": The Many Faces of Isabelle Huppert

The comedy of misunderstanding is afoot in Hong Sang-soo's misty beachfront divertissement, an improbably endearing three-way Isabelle Huppert vehicle. Framed as notes toward a film (scribbled on a legal pad and then twice revised), the actual film gamely riffs on…
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Film, "Amour": The Letting Go

"Amour": The Letting Go

There are two things that are certain in life. One is that death will come for every one of us. The other is that every film Michael Haneke makes will have a fair shot at the Cannes Palme d'Or. Amour,…
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Film, "My Worst Nightmare": Love Has an Agenda

"My Worst Nightmare": Love Has an Agenda

The early, awesome stage of romantic relationships, characterized by firehose neurochemistry, socially off-putting behavior and a lot of chafing, eventually diminishes into bored, sexless collegiality, open bathroom doors, and socks in bed. Love has an agenda (babies) and once a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Talking with '80s Sweetheart and New Author Molly Ringwald About Her Debut Novel

Talking with '80s Sweetheart and New Author Molly Ringwald About Her Debut Novel

This summer, a friend and I were watching Sixteen Candles in Dolores Park where a group of girls on the blanket next to us would not shut their faces. People were shooting them contemptuous looks the same way Molly Ringwald's…
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Calendar, Night&Day Get Out of Africa

Get Out of Africa

Claire Denis's tense, convulsive White Material is a portrait of change and a thing of terrible beauty. The time is unspecified. The subject is the collapse of an unnamed West African state, and the protagonist, Maria, a French settler unflinchingly…
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Film, "White Material": Isabelle Huppert anchors Claire Denis' colonial Africa movie

"White Material": Isabelle Huppert anchors Claire Denis' colonial Africa movie

Claire Denis' strongest movie in the decade since Beau Travail, her tense, convulsive White Material, is a portrait of change and a thing of terrible beauty. The time is unspecified. The subject is the collapse of an unnamed West African…
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Cannes 2009: This time, it's visceral

CANNES, France — Memorable for its in-your-face sensationalism, the 62nd Cannes Film Festival opened with the 3-D computer animation Up, saving the "Yours" for the final minutes of the competition's penultimate movie, Gaspar Noé's "psychedelic melodrama" Enter the Void. The…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Hitchcock on Holiday

Hitchcock on Holiday

To Catch a Thief: Special Collector's Edition (Paramount) Starring Cary Grant as a cat burglar and Grace Kelly as a hot-to-trot heiress, this is easily one of Alfred Hitchcock's slightest films, especially coming on the heels of Rear Window; indeed,…
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Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr2006@yahoo.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video…
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Film, Hello, Oblivion

Hello, Oblivion

Consider a world in which morality and legality have been replaced by frontier-style justice and freakish despotism. In which dwindling resources and a diseased environment summon the most callow and petty aspects of human nature. In which confused urbanites join…
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Film, Porn to Lose

Porn to Lose

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the French film The Piano Teacher, aside from Isabelle Huppert's unnerving and masterful performance, is the totally nonexploitative manner in which the story is presented. A tale of sadomasochism and self-destruction, the film easily…
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Amour or Less

If it's any consolation, the French don't handle their complicated love lives any better than we do. The world-renowned masters (and mistresses) of romance have been undone by the sexual revolution and its promises of love without consequences -- or…
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