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October 26, 2008

Wendy and Lucy

Wendy and Lucy

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zmQSv7T8wc[/youtube] The House Next Door: Reichardt’s artistry outweighs (or at least sufficiently counterbalances) her ambition to Say Something About Amerika. Reichardt’s style clears the mind: dialogue is minimal‚Äînot artificially, just leaving Williams on her own‚Äîframings elegant and magisterial. I didn’t realize how much I liked it until 20 minutes after it was over. The world Reichardt explores‚Äîthe flat parking lots so close to the woods‚Äîis one I recognize. Reichardt’s political…

Kristin Scott Thomas in “Il y‚Äôa longtemps que je t‚Äôaime”

Kristin Scott Thomas in “Il y‚Äôa longtemps que je t‚Äôaime”

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Il y‚Äôa longtemps que je t‚Äôaime, opening in limited release this weekend, is a powerful film about loss and renewal( see capsule review in Festival Diary, Sept. 11 2008). In Philippe Claudel‚Äôs directorial debut, Kristin Scott Thomas gives a staggering performance of a woman who has been imprisoned for 15 years for a horrific murder and is reunited with her sister Lea (Elsa Zylberstein), now married with two adopted children….

Dennis Hopper & Ben Kingsley in Elegy

Dennis Hopper & Ben Kingsley in Elegy

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We posted the Red Band trailer for Elegy in August. Here’s a more reflective clip that rumbles with distant thunder as seasoned veterans Dennis Hopper and Ben Kingsley remind us of a perennial Oscar axiom: there’s No Contender Like Older Men.