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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 FILM REVIEW BRIEF: documentary ‘Modern Life’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Veteran French photographer Raymond Depardon’s documentary “Modern Life”, in Un Certain Regard at the Festival de Cannes, is an elegy to ageing farmers and their fading way of life in remote but spectacular regions of … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW BRIEF: Andreas Dresen’s ‘Cloud 9’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – The 30-year itch proves to be pretty much like the seven-year version in German director Andreas Dresen’s “Cloud 9” in Un Certain Regard at the Festival de Cannes. It’s a cautionary tale about infidelity that … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: James Toback’s ‘Tyson’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – When he’s not pounding very large men to the ground, ex-fighter Mike Tyson speaks directly to the camera in James Toback’s film “Tyson” and it’s hard not to flinch. More a testimony for the defense … Continue reading

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The happy accident of Cannes delight, ‘The Band’s Visit’

By Ray Bennett The best film so far at this year’s Festival de Cannes, by a country mile, is Eran Kolirin’s little gem, “The Band’s Visit”, and I’m so glad I stumbled upon it by accident. A mix-up led me … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Francisco Vargas’s ‘El Violin’

By Ray Bennett CANNES — Brutal military repression looks the same everywhere and Francisco Vargas’ striking and poetic film “The Violin” in Un Certain Regard offers a plaintive cry on behalf of the oppressed.

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