Pic maintains a marvelous tension between a prim comedy of manners and unbridled slapstick.
Crime-thriller elements meant to complement the pic's narrative of rediscovered national identity fall by the wayside, resulting in loose ends.
An exquisite study of a rapidly expanding cemetery at the center of Mexico's drug wars.
With little at stake, pic coasts on familiar sentimental tropes with a hint of nostalgia for youthful ambitions.
Pic's length and lack of an immediate hook make theatrical play a longshot, but "Fortune Teller" could get luckier in ancillary.
"Peace" proves newly relevant in the wake of the Honshu earthquake and subsequent tsunami, suggesting increased arthouse viability.
"Motherland" lacks focus, stumbling from one emotionally fraught stopping place to another but arousing less and less curiosity along the way.
Spectacular orchestration of visual elements seems wasted on a threadbare, inanely repetitive plotline.