An utterly guileless charmer in which the helmer's tender filial devotion and emotional commitment will disarm the most cynical auds.
Yves Angelo's engrossing though exaggerated psychological noir excels in creating fascinating characters, though the pic suffers from an overextended middle.
A young Dutch geologist loses his way and his reason in this elliptical tale contrasting the protag's instability with the immutability of Mother Nature, Norwegian style.
Philippe Claudel offers no surprises after establishing the initial set up of lonely child and irresponsible white trash adults in eastern France, though the Chicago jury gave the pic several prizes.
Washed-out visuals and overbearing close-ups are the hallmark of this lurid noir which appears to be oblivious to its troubling anti-Arab subtext.
Lebanese helmer Assad Fouladkar's "Halal Love (and Sex)" just received its North American premiere in Sundance, following a gala screening at the Dubai Intl. Film Festival in December. The film's…
Terrific editing, an evocative score by Sigur Ros, and an impressive selection of archival footage combine to capture the varied emotions of circus spectacles, from wonder to unease and back again.
An engrossing though predictable drama that excels at capturing the sensation of being trapped in both a dead-end location and within the bosom of the family.
Artificiality clings to Giuseppe Tornatore's English-lingo mystery, hampered by an Italian-to-English script translation that may be precise, but lacks naturalism.
Offshore auds may be put off by the Egyptian meller stylings, but Hala Khalil's pointed drama about a maid working for Mubarak cronies offers sharp-edged critique.
Sebastian Brahm's compassionate script grants his characters and his audience a refreshing maturity in this intimate woman-focused drama.