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  • Deeply ambitious, Bent Hamer's 1001 Grams deserves recognition for pure nerve. Earning its place in the Gutsy Premises Hall of Fame, it's a straight-faced drama about a seminar on the kilogram held in Paris by the Bureau of International...

  • 3 months ago

    Deeply ambitious, Bent Hamer's 1001 Grams deserves recognition for pure nerve. Earning its place in the Gutsy Premises Hall of Fame, it's a straight-faced drama about a seminar on the kilogram held in Paris by the Bureau of International Weights a...

  • Surprisingly -- and pleasantly -- restrained in its delivery, Abel Ferrara's Welcome to New York is the sort of picture that withholds judgment of its protagonist so that viewers have space to make their own. The approach is fitting since...

  • 4 months ago

    Thoroughly nonjudgmental in its observations, Pierre Salvadori's In the Courtyard ranks as one of the funnier films about victims of depression and mental illness. The afflicted are Antoine (Gustave Kervern) and Mathilde (Catherine Deneuve), and t...

  • The Mid-Atlantic Accent, that most self-conscious of acting choices, can still provide a good self-aware laugh. A particularly snooty variant appears early in François Girard's Boychoir, by way of Eddie Izzard playing a teacher at a...

  • Hal Hartley is nothing if not the progenitor of his own carefully cultivated cinematic world: the Hartleyverse, always filled with comically affected characters, allusions to other works of art, and dry social commentary. It's all there in Ned...

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