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Review: ‘Grandsons’

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An octogenarian grandmother with no prior acting experience easily steals the show in "Grand-sons," a genial DV feature picking up the Venice Horizons prize. More nuance is needed, but pic's award…

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Review: ‘Saimir’

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Father-son relationship forms the surface of novice helmer Francesco Munzi's "Saimir," but the broader theme is the difficulty East Europeans face trying to build a life in a largely insular Italy…

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Review: ‘Testament’

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Quietly engaging tale held together by two charismatic leads may offer little drama, but its sweet-natured approach to emigrant identity makes points about the meaning of home and place with the…

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Review: ‘Ordo’

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Taking prolific novelist Donald Westlake's story of a sailor rediscovering his ex-wife, helmer-scribe Laurence Ferreira Barbosa ("Modern Life") crafts a pleasant character study that seeks to answer…

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Review: ‘Sternenberg’

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"Sternenberg" is a genial but utterly predictable light comedy whose bland nature won't produce more than a few chuckles. Christoph Schaub's sophomore feature was subsequently considered good enough…

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