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A changing society examined: “Niki and Flo” [2003 Romania]

At seventy, Luciane Pintilie hadn’t lost any of his sardonic wit and biting satire when he made “Niki Ardelean, colonel în rezerva” [Eng. Title: Niki and Flo], a probing examination of conflict within a society that’s changing suddenly and … Continue reading

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Rediscovering a sacred bond: “Toni Erdmann” [2016 Germany, Romania]

Maren Ade’s oddball comedy “Toni Erdmann” is a uniquely German attempt at highlighting the need for reinforcing familial bonds even while pursuing hectic lifestyles and careers. The film wryly focuses on a father-daughter relationship weathering changes in their individual … Continue reading

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A film review: “La pelle” [1981 Italy]

Liliana Cavani:
Veteran Italian director Liliana Cavani’s films aren’t always easy to love because they tend to tackle subjects that are often skirted around during mainstream discourse, and because they make for uncomfortable viewing and also leave behind a bitter aftertaste. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Sublime cinema: “Angely revolyutsii” [2014 Russia]

There’s now plenty of proof that Aleksey Fedorchenko has a deep reverence and fascination for the customs of ethnic tribes that cohabit his motherland. While his moving Silent Souls (2010) touched on the funerary rituals of the Merya, and his richly … Continue reading

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A gentle summer breeze: “Ventos de Agosto” [2014 Brazil]

Gabriel Mascaro makes a refreshing feature film début with the quirky slow-burning drama “Ventos de Agosto” [Eng. Title: August Winds]. Yes, it’s a drama only in the broadest sense of the word, but that shouldn’t distract from the high … Continue reading

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