"Hedi" can be read as an intimate relationship film as well as a comment on Tunisia's desire to break free from decades of expectation.
As an introspective study of man's place in nature, Pablo Lamar's film has its merits, but as a mournful reverie on age and death, the film emptily grasps at transcendence.
Non-fiction elements hold considerably more emotional weight than scripted parts, though the premise of mixing a stranger with real small town locals is intriguing.
A doctor in his 40s becomes obsessed with a hedonistic young woman in this potent cautionary tale of age knowing its place.
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.