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  • Stage Door
  • Life, and Nothing More...
  • Toute une nuit
  • Fourteen

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  • Vanina Vanini

  • Portrait of a Young Girl at the End of the 60s in Brussels

    ★★★★½

  • U.S. Go Home

    ★★★

  • Risky Business

    ★★★★

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  • Beau Travail

    Beau Travail

    The relationship between Galoup, Forestier, and Sentain has the character of an equation rather than a dramatic situation, the addition of the three characters equating to the single event which constitutes the action, or the act, of the film. The film's climax is not marked by a qualitative shift in the nature of events, or a twist of the knife, but is rather equivalent to what has gone before. If we were to imagine the film as an utterance, then…

  • The Child

    The Child

    ★★★★½

    The first half of the film is a variation on a familiar conceit for the Dardennes -- a relationship between two people which is founded on unstable grounds, but only one of the two characters know it. While in THE PROMISE and THE SON there is a secret, a certain event which has passed, here it is a matter of the man's whole character. It is a little bit of a puzzle then how and why his character is "revealed"…

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  • All About Lily Chou-Chou

    All About Lily Chou-Chou

    ★★★

    There's something striking in the film's very moralistic dramaturgy - a sense of being overawed by wrongdoing. The first major incident in the film is to do with Hasumi shoplifting a CD, which activates a very elaborate system of punishment and education; he is scolded by the employees of the shop, kindly but firmly rebuked by his teacher, and finally beaten by his mother before a warm reconciliation. In miniature, we have a demonstration of the moral machinery of society…

  • My Darling Clementine

    My Darling Clementine

    ★★★★★

    In MY DARLING CLEMENTINE, Ford approaches the film's tiny, intimate material in the same poetic mode through which he renders its large, mythic movements - primarily a poeticism of space, atmosphere, faces where the random materials of reality reveal a deeper design and order. This is to say that Monument Valley has never looked quite so forbidding, clouds constantly churning and fog gathering, and we feel an awe in the connection of the largest, most uncontrollable phenomena with a relatively…