Day: May 16, 2015

Cannes Film Review: ‘Nahid’

May 16, 2015

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival Were the title not already taken, “Nahid” writer-director Ida Panahandeh could easily have called her debut feature “A Separation,” for its similarly fraught portrait of the byzantine legal complications and social stigmas concerning divorce and remarriage in Iran. That thematic connection is hardly lost on Panahandeh, who has cast “A […]

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Film Review: ‘One Cut, One Life’

May 16, 2015

When Ed Pincus (“Black Natchez,” “Diaries 1971-76”), the oft-proclaimed father of the first-person documentary, was diagnosed with a lethal bone marrow disease, he decided to chronicle his post-diagnostic existence from two separate but intersecting points of view: his own and that of his sometime muse/collaborator Lucia Small, herself still reeling from the violent deaths of her […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Carol’

May 16, 2015

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival With his groundbreaking examinations of queer identity and his fondness for the heyday of classic melodrama, Todd Haynes seemed almost too perfect a choice to film an adaptation of “The Price of Salt,” Patricia Highsmith’s ahead-of-its-time 1952 novel about two women who boldly defied the stifling social conformity of the times. […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Disorder’

May 16, 2015

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival “Maryland” is the original title of “Disorder,” the second feature by Parisian writer-director Alice Winocour, and while not one minute of it takes place in the American state of the same name, it’s a film that hints at bright transatlantic possibilities for its helmer. A fine-cut tension exercise that eventually ignites […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One’

May 16, 2015

The number of films dealing head-on with the global economic crisis have been shockingly few, leaving the field wide open for someone with the creative complexity and storytelling verve of Miguel Gomes, whose three-part “Arabian Nights” tackles the subject with characteristic imagination and, unsurprisingly, righteous anger. While too early to tell how the trio of […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Shameless’

May 16, 2015

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival A cop gets entangled with a bar madam he uses as bait to hunt down a murderer in “The Shameless,” a stylish film noir that owes its mood of slow-burning heartbreak to the masterful performance of female lead Jeon Do-yeon. Helmer-scribe Oh Seung-uk, an accomplished screenwriter who contributed to the […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘A Perfect Day’

May 16, 2015

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival “Welcome to Hell,” reads a piece of wall graffiti in an unspecified Balkan territory, though what we see onscreen feels more like a dry, over-tilled stretch of seriocomic purgatory in “A Perfect Day.” Taking stock of a nation’s war wounds through an outsider’s lens, this first English-language effort from Spanish […]

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Cannes Film Review: Amy Winehouse Documentary ‘Amy’

May 16, 2015

“Self-destructive” is the label commonly attached by armchair pop psychologists to tragic figures like Amy Winehouse, the nervy, unruly and viciously talented British jazz-soul singer who died in 2011, aged just 27, from the cumulative effects of substance abuse. That term only tells half the story, however, in Asif Kapadia’s factually exhaustive, emotionally exhausting documentary […]

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