• Cannes Film Review: ‘The Gentle Indifference of the World'

    8 days ago - By Variety

    Two penniless villagers try their luck in the big city in the poetically titled “The Gentle Indifference of the World.” The latest from Kazakh indie helmer Adilkhan Yerzhanov once again indicts bureaucratic corruption and abuse of power in the post-Soviet wild East. Despite the titular tip of the hat to French philosopher and...
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  • Cannes Film Review: ‘My Favorite Fabric'

    8 days ago - By Variety

    A buttoned-up young woman in 2011 Damascus is lured by the possibility of personal liberation when a brothel opens upstairs in debuting director Gaya Jiji's fuzzily reasoned “My Favorite Fabric.” Inspired by “Belle du Jour,” though with little of that classic's trenchant subversiveness, this thematically ambitious femme-centric drama aims to weave together the repressiveness of...
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  • Cannes Film Review: ‘Capernaum'

    8 days ago - By Variety

    Nothing in director Nadine Labaki's first two pleasant but tonally inconsistent features, “Caramel” and “Where Do We Go Now?,” approaches the power and skill of “Capernaum,” which represents a major leap forward in all departments. Proving herself an astonishingly accomplished director of non-professional performers as well as a measured storyteller, Labaki draws attention to the...
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