Monthly Archives: August 2008

Le Silence de Lorna

Le Silence de Lorna (2008, Directors: Jean Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne): Sadly, once again I come to the work of acclaimed film­makers with no pre­vi­ous exper­i­ence of their work. The Dardenne broth­ers have been min­ing their own seam for … Continue read­ing

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TIFF 2008: Early Picks

As always, here is a list of the films I’ve reques­ted tick­ets for. Depending on how the ticket lot­tery goes, I could get any­where from none to all of these. Disturbing news this year: “donors” to the new Bell Lightbox … Continue read­ing

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Un conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale)

Un conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) (2008, Director: Arnaud Desplechin): Much like fam­ily life itself, Desplechin’s film about a pro­foundly dys­func­tional fam­ily com­ing together over the hol­i­days is chaotic, con­fus­ing, messy and a little bit infuri­at­ing at times. The … Continue read­ing

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24 City

24 City (2008, Director: Jia Zhang-ke): Despite my best inten­tions, I have yet to see a film from the man some crit­ics are now cheekily refer­ring to as “Jay-Z.” Known for films like The World (2004), Still Life (2006) and … Continue read­ing

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TIFF 2008: Preliminaries, Part 2

Entre Les Murs (Director: Laurent Cantet): Winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, this film was shot doc­u­­ment­ary-style in a real French classroom with non­pro­fes­sional act­ors. The teacher (François Bégaudeau) plays him­self in a screen­play he … Continue read­ing

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