Essentially a more minimalist remake of Roi Werner's 2011 "2 Night," this Italian version derives mixed results from the age-old male-female divide.
Trying to identify thematic patterns in the submissions for the foreign-language Oscars is harder than detecting "notes of loam, peach and toast" in a bottle of Chardonnay – you tend to wonder…
Director Streker strives to offer a balanced view of a traditional family in Belgium forcing their daughter into an arranged marriage, yet in the end he hits far too many expected buttons.
An exciting, sharply made thriller that lays no claim to inventing the genre, yet Grande's script is fun, his characters intriguing, and his build-up expertly paced.
Gordian Maugg is more interested in Dan Brown style mythologizing than in truth, and his b&w pseudo bio pic of Fritz Lang is a fictionalized mess.
A damning vision of Israel targeting the socialization of children in a battle-focused nation where animalistic alpha male posturing creates a society marked by cold-blooded cruelty.
Two women on parallel tracks struggle to make full lives for themselves in this well-meaning yet not quite believable drama.
Adriana Barraza gives a strong performance as a benumbed bureaucrat, representative of a society that makes its women feel disassociated from civil society.
A no-dialogue conceptual meditation on the African migrant experience that boasts handsome images yet feels trapped in a rigid theoretical blueprint.
Another working class-themed documentary from Wang Bing, yet his subjects seem too randomly chosen, and the lack of direct engagement stymies involvement.
The director's penchant for the kind of realism that celebrates the ugliness of tawdry lives makes the film difficult to warm to, despite strong performances.
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