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Film, "Violette": The "Unpopular" Writer Makes Good

"Violette": The "Unpopular" Writer Makes Good

In Martin Provost's moving biopic, memoirist Violette Leduc (the fantastic Emmanuelle Devos) has a lot going against her by the standards of post-war France: She's pushing 40, she's the illegitimate daughter of a servant girl, she's queer, and, perhaps the…
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Film, "The Other Son": Forced and Uncomfortable Familial Drama

"The Other Son": Forced and Uncomfortable Familial Drama

Ham-fisted dialogue and clichéd characterizations trump genuine chemistry in The Other Son, a contrived Franco-Israeli drama about two 18-year-olds, an Israeli and a Palestinian, accidentally switched at birth. Joseph Silberg (Jules Sitruk), a wannabe singer, and Yacine Al Bezaaz (Mehdi…
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Film, Gallic Anxiety

Gallic Anxiety

The festival has displayed exceptional enthusiasm in recent years for the most transgressive inclinations of French filmmakers, from the serious self-mutilation study In My Skin to the bad-girls-with-guns hokum of Baise Moi. At first blush, Lucile Hadzihalilovic's exquisitely etched Innocence…
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