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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Ken Loach’s ‘Looking for Eric’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – The term “crowd-pleaser” is not often attached to the work of Ken Loach, the British Palme d’Or-winning director of films of social realism, but his latest Festival de Cannes Competition entry, “Looking for Eric,” is … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Olivier Cohen’s ‘Invisible Eyes’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Olivier Cohen’s intelligent mystery “Invisible Eyes” has all the conventions of a thriller about a woman alone in a house but confounds expectations by moving pleasingly into “Twilight Zone” territory. The offbeat story, which stars … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Kamen Kalev’s ‘Eastern Plays’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Uneven but gripping, Kamen Kalev’s “Eastern Plays,” which screened in Directors’ Fortnight, is a portrait of a young drug addict artist caught up in the violent racial strife of present-day Bulgaria. There’s a sudden crime … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Caroline Strubbe’s ‘Lost Persons Area’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – The setting of Caroline Strubbe’s “Lost Persons Area”, which screened in Critics Week, is a wide flat plain populated by vast pylons bearing power cables that dwarf the human beings below. The symbolism is the … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Mathias Gokalp’s ‘Nothing Personal’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – It’s been said of some Hollywood studios that executive competition was so bad that colleagues stabbed you in the front. That’s pretty much what happens with the suits at a pharmaceutical company in Mathias Gokalp’s … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Keren Yedaya’s Jaffa

By Ray Bennett CANNES – “Jaffa,” directed by Keren Yedaya, whose 2004 film “Or” won five awards at the Festival de Cannes including the Critics Week Grand Prix and Camera d’Or, is an absorbing and touching family drama set in … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Andrea Arnold’s ‘Fish Tank’

By Ray Bennett CANNES — Following her Festival de Cannes Jury Prize-winning debut feature “Red Road” in 2006, British director Andrea Arnold creates another vivid portrait of a woman in Competition entry “Fish Tank,” in which newcomer Katie Jarvis (pictured) … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM BRIEF: Kelly Reichardt’s ‘Wendy and Lucy’

By Ray Bennett CANNES: Michelle Williams does her best but she cannot prevent Kelly Reichardt’s Un Certain Regard entry “Wendy and Lucy,” a weak tale about being broke and on the road in rural America, from dwindling into boredom. Prospects … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Sergey Dvortsevoy’s ‘Tulpan’

By Ray Bennett CANNES: Polished, funny and utterly charming, Kazakhstan director Sergey Dvortsevoy’s first feature film, “Tulpan,” which won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard sidebar at the Festival de Cannes, tells of a family not only surviving … Continue reading

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CANNES: Charles Kaufman’s ‘Synecdoche, New York’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s first film as a director, “Synecdoche, New York,” will mesmerize some and mystify others, while many will be bored silly. It’s not a dream, Kaufman says, but it has a dreamlike … Continue reading

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