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The Dispossessed

Mullan has an amazing energy and range. He lets you understand that Joe's optimism is an act of will, his only defense against his terrible anger. Without being mushy, the film raises difficult questions about forgiving oneself, forgiving others, and the irreparable damage a word or an action can do to a relationship.

Grim fairy tale: Bening in In Dreams
Francois Duhamel
Grim fairy tale: Bening in In Dreams

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In Dreams
Directed by Neil Jordan
Written by Bruce Robinson and Neil Jordan
A DreamWorks release

My Name Is Joe
Directed by Ken Loach
Written by Paul Laverty
An Artisan release
Opens January 22

The last uncompromising leftist filmmaker, Loach shows how the economic and political system leaves basically good guys like Joe, trying to live one day at a time without hurting themselves or anyone else, little room for anything except bad choices. This is Loach's best film since Riff-Raff and, like Riff-Raff, it's being released in the U.S. with subtitles. Loach's commitment to the Glasgow dialect makes it difficult, even for most British audiences, to understand the dialogue. It's regional filmmaking at its radical best.

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