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Film, "The Past": A House Full of Drama

"The Past": A House Full of Drama

Asghar Farhadi's The Past is a domestic drama with equal emphasis on both of those words. The drama is frequently intense, and much of it is set in a single house that has too many people in it, at least…
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Film, "Free Men": Shallow Protagonist Stunts Emotional Development

"Free Men": Shallow Protagonist Stunts Emotional Development

Another loosely factual gloss on a little-known chapter from Nazi-occupied Europe, Free Men tells of a Vichy France mosque that supplied North African Jews with fraudulent Muslim identification, even as Parisian authorities bore down on the place of worship. The…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>A Prophet</i>

A Prophet

Agreeing at the insistence of a Corsican mob boss to suck and then slash a fellow inmate, newly jailed Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim)—poor, illiterate, a "dirty Arab" in the prison's racist pecking order—gets what's coming to him, but in…
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Film, Jacques Audiard, the "French Scorsese," arrives stateside with <i>A Prophet</i>

Jacques Audiard, the "French Scorsese," arrives stateside with A Prophet

Agreeing at the insistence of a Corsican mob boss to suck and then slash a fellow inmate, newly jailed Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) — poor, illiterate, a "dirty Arab" in the prison's racist pecking order — gets what's coming…
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