If it weren't for the luminous face of Belgian actress Pauline Etienne ("Restless"), this plodding adaptation of Diderot's anti-clerical novel would be a snoozefest of epic proportions.
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That you don't need more than one riveting talking head and a little intelligence to make a terrific docu is amply demonstrated by "No Man's Land," from Portuguese vid artist and scribe-helmer Salome…
There are no easy rewards for the protagonist -- or indeed, the viewer -- of "It's All So Quiet," the austere but subtly powerful fifth feature of Dutch auteur Nanouk Leopold ("Wolfsbergen,"…
Sex sells, but what can it buy? That's the intriguing question behind the fittingly explicit documentary "Fuck for Forest," which portrays members of the eponymous, Berlin-based activist coterie that…
Staging what could be described as a Moliere-off, the new film from Philippe Le Guay casts his regular star, Fabrice Luchini, as a nebbishy, reclusive thespian who's coaxed out of retirement by a…
Subarna Thapa's film benefits from nice dance sequences and exotically unfamiliar locales, but is otherwise a rather by-the-numbers coming-out narrative and, sadly, includes what feels like a…
A countryside schoolboy tries to stand up against an albino bully in the charming and gorgeously assembled "Buta," this year's foreign-language Oscar submission from Azerbaijan. The titular orphan is…
Colombia's mid-1990s drug barons get the "Scarface" treatment in "The Snitch Cartel," a snazzy, fast-paced pic that's nonetheless somewhat enslaved by the get-rich-quick and crime-doesn't-pay cliches…
David Charhon's "On the Other Side of the Tracks" is an efficient Gallic buddy-cop movie that's so eager to please it's almost endearing.
A cast of beloved comedian adds a glow of human warmth to this feather-light story from Gallic scribe and occasional helmer Eric Besnard.
Appropriately shambolic yet finally too unfocused, "Pirate TV" follows an idealistic country bumpkin who joins a rebellious DIY television station in Paris.
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