Film Reviews

The Cakemaker A subtle, unexpected love story steeped in pain. Love
Memoir of War (La Douleur) An emotionally intelligent French film about a woman dealing with the losses of wartime. Love
The Swan (Svanurinn) A sober-minded and intense girl in Iceland deals with epiphanies about adults and nature. Transformation
First They Killed My Father A deeply human study of the Cambodian genocide and the brave survival of one little girl. Attention
The Nile Hilton Incident An anatomy of a Cairo crime investigation clouded by corruption. Shadow
The Woman Who Left An intense morality tale about the resilience of a good-hearted woman. Compassion
Afterimage An intense biopicture about a Polish avant-garde painter persecuted by the Communist government. Shadow
All These Sleepless Nights A documentary drama of the night-time quests for pleasure via booze and drugs of a twenty-something pair in Warsaw, Poland. Shadow
In the Forest of Siberia A French film about a burnt-out man who spends some prime time in the wilderness of Siberia seeking the insights of solitude. Meaning
Journey to Greenland The cross-cultural journey of two long-time friends visiting one of their fathers in a remote Inuit village. Openness
Right Here, Right Now A French film that excoriates a firm that specializes in mergers and takeovers and reveals the toxic nature of secrets. Shadow
The Stopover A look into the emotional fireworks that emerge when a band of stressed out soldiers from Afghanistan arrive for some R & R in Cyprus. Meaning
The Together Project A French/Icelandic romantic comedy about love, swimming pools, and the yearning to be rescued. Love
150 Milligrams A riveting French social justice drama about a courageous female whistleblower who discovered the health hazards of a diet drug. Justice
Heal the Living A very fine French film about death, organ donation, and the importance of illness narratives. Compassion
I Am Not Madame Bovary A Chinese comedy about a distraught peasant woman on a quest for justice. Justice
A Stray A parabolic film about a Somali refugee who lives on the streets of Minneapolis with his devoted dog. Faith
Haramiste Short story about the sexual initiation of two Muslim sisters. Questing
U.S. Go Home A poignant probe on sexual yearning. Yearning
Sand Storm A story about a young Bedouin woman and the tough values choices she must make. You
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