Posts Tagged ‘foreign films’
Àlex Brendemühl and Florencia Bado first meet in The German Doctor.

Das Experiment

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The deeply unsettling The German Doctor begins in 1960 with an Argentinian couple (Diego Peretti and Natalia Oreiro) opening a lakeside resort hotel, where one of their first guests is a Teutonic physician (Àlex Brendemühl). ...


Rome

There’s No Place Like Rome

After its Oscar win, The Great Beauty comes out again.
KRISTIAN LIN
Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty picked up an Oscar last week for the Best Foreign Film, so its distributors are re-releasing it after it enjoyed a brief run last December (in North Texas, it screened only in Dallas). Now ...



Fabrice Luchini critiques Emmanuelle Seigner and Ernst Umhauer’s kiss in In the House.

Ozon Layers

The French comic thriller In the House will leave your head spinning.
KRISTIAN LIN
For the last 15 years, François Ozon has been one of the world’s most fascinating filmmakers. On one hand, he makes airy, farcical, Almodóvar-on-a-sugar-high period fantasias like Potiche, Angel, and 8 Women. On the other, ...


Omar Sy takes François Cluzet out for a snow day in The Intouchables.

Intouchables: Comédie Noire

France grapples with race beneath the surface of this feted buddy movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
Officially, France is a colorblind society. Unofficially, many French people of color don’t have access to the same economic and educational opportunities that white people do. This is a big reason why black and Arab youths r...



Mohamed Fellag (standing) takes over this group of kids in Monsieur Lazhar.

Monsieur Lazhar: Bonjour, Classe

This Canadian school drama is smart but too well-behaved.
KRISTIAN LIN
The French-Canadian drama Monsieur Lazhar was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film this past year, and there were observers who tipped the movie to take home the statuette. It wound up losing to A Separation, ...