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35 Shots Of Rum [35 Rhums] Review

Quietly establishing her characters and their inter-relationships with very little dialog, filmmaker Denis uses her typically moody, vague style to explore multicultural France with dark humour and warm emotion.

Jo (Diop) lives with her widowed train-driver dad Lionel (Descas) in a Paris flat. Also in the building are Lionel's ex Gabrielle (Dogue) and Noe (Colin), a neighbour Jo has her eye on. Together, they're a sort of family, watching out for each other even as circumstances change around them. When a friend (Toussaint) retires, Lionel becomes terrified of his own old age, which opens him up to potential romance with a local cafe owner (Ado). And besides Noe, Jo is also drawn to a cute shop clerk (Folly).

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In The Arms Of My Enemy Review

Very Good
One of the nice things about being alive at this point in history is that we all pretty much agree on the basic concepts of human rights and the idea that every human life has value. But it wasn't always so. Take, for example, Eastern Europe in 1810, when Cossacks stormed across the countryside grabbing territory and brutally smiting down innocent civilians under the vaguest of religious and political pretexts.

In the Arms of My Enemy drops us into this wet, cold, poverty-stricken environment with great effectiveness. You can almost feel yourself getting muddy as you watch. A story of two sets of brothers who collide with disastrous results, it's violent and relentlessly depressing but ultimately sort of uplifting. It's quite a ride.

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The Intruder Review

There are dozens of reviews of The Intruder online that will tell you exactly what it isn't: It isn't a conventional story, it isn't a narrative in any traditional sense of the word, and it isn't even about an intruder. What few people will actually come out and say is that it isn't really very good. It's yet another meandering piece of existentialism, signifying nothing except for what you're willing to project onto it. But director Claire Denis has built a name as an arthouse favorite based on a string of films like this, and no one's calling out the emperor.

You want this movie to be a piece about the loneliness of growing old? Sure, it can be that. You want it to be about redeeming yourself for a bad life before you die? It can be that too. It can even be a psychological mystery about spies, the black market for human organs, and illegitimate children. It's barely any of these things, but if you try real hard you can convince yourself that Denis has a point somewhere in this.

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Sex Is Comedy Review

Sex may indeed be comedy, but Catherine Breillat's film is woefully lacking it altogether.

This extremely small and shallow film tells a singular tale: A movie director (Anne Parillaud) is having trouble getting her stars to go through with the movie's big sex scene. She tries everything: Gentle pressure, the hard sell, different settings. Ultimately it all comes down to using an oversized plastic phallus in the scene instead of the actor's real member, and our director is sure this will solve all the problems.

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Beau Travail Review

Claire Denis's updating and Frenchification of Herman Melville's Billy Budd -- and both turn out to be roughly as equally snoozy. The story of a sailor who spars with his captain is told slowly, sparely, and virtually entirely voiced-over. Uncompelling and tiresome, though not without a certain sense of cinematographic flair. But geez, what's with all the yoga, huh?

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Sade Review

It would be hard for anyone to follow the critically acclaimed Quills, a vibrant portrayal of the Marquis de Sade, brilliantly coming alive through the talents of Geoffrey Rush. As a point of interest, the recently released Sade was actually made in the same year (2000). Having another strike against it for being foreign with subtitles, it had to take its time coming over to the United States. Being based on a similar subject, and created at the same time, it's nearly impossible to discuss without some sort of comparison.

This Sade (Daniel Auteuil) is no less seductively charismatic than Rush was, but he has less to do, as Sade chooses to focus more attention on the cultural climate than any specific, provocative interaction between characters. Rush was allowed more leeway to display range from torment to arrogance while Auteuil's Sade is a bit too impervious to his surroundings. What they do both achieve is providing an easy attraction. Neither have the stereotypically sexual physique the average woman clambers for, but their wit and intelligence are arousing. The acting isn't necessarily better in the English counterpart, but there is more weight given to individual motivation so that you're more attuned to personal struggles in the progressively oppressive Napoleonic era.

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The Dreamlife Of Angels Review

Two penniless French girls who work the assembly lines become friends. In a nutshell, that's about it. They're the angels. Their dreamlife involves their really messed-up love life and uncomfortable friendship with one another. Not overly bad, just not a lot going on in this sleepy melodrama.

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35 Shots Of Rum [35 Rhums] Movie Review

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Quietly establishing her characters and their inter-relationships with very little dialog, filmmaker Denis uses her...

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