Leisurely but decidedly un-PC comedy-drama could easily lose a reel, but nonetheless has more than its fair share of cantankerous charms.
Berlin Film Festival
A dysfunctional family dependent on the pension of a widowed relative raids an old folks' home for a substitute when the original dies in the flat dark comedy "72 Hours."
"Free Hands" is a strongly acted but thematically imprecise debut from thesp-turned-helmer Brigitte Sy.
A high-school dropout determines to transcend her troubled past, no matter the cost, in intense drama "Pure."
A schoolgirl falls in love with a cutie who, unbeknownst to her, is Germany's latest pop sensation.
Intriguingly non-standard docu "Bombay Beach" captures the fading California community's white-trash denizens with a fresh eye and deeper sensitivity than most who have come before.
Argentinean low-budget drama "Idleness" lives up to its name by unspooling large chunks of screentime in which its characters loaf around doing nothing.
The Berlin Film Festival often celebrates Latin American artistic excellence, but this year, financial clout was also on the program
"Khodorkovsky" deserves to run free in cinemas, but will probably be confined mostly to fests and upscale TV enclosures.
Though pic played well in Berlin, it won't stray far from the fest circuit.
It can't be easy to find the right roles for Yolande Moreau, whose brutishly unladylike features often appear in sharp contrast with the soft-spoken dignity of her characters.