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“La Prière,” the strange journey of an addict toward himself

A film that's both moving and stimulating
Anthony Bajon and Louise Grinberg
Directed by Cédric Kahn

He arrived. We do not know where from, nor how. With his round face marked by blows, this teenager looks like a kid and a tough guy all at once. We do not know where he comes from, but we know what he’s become a product of: his addiction to hard drugs. We don’t know how he got there, but we understand where he hails from: a community of men living in the mountains, aging addicts, now devoted to ... more >

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How is “Call me by your name” a masterpiece? Let me count the ways

The best in arthouse fare in 2018, so far
Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer
Directed by Luca Guadagnino

More than thirty years after his first Oscar nomination, James Ivory has finally been honored with his first win at the Oscars on Sunday, that of Best Adapted Screenplay, for "Call Me by Your Name." In his acceptance speech, Ivory called the film, about first love, “a story familiar to most of us, whether we’re straight or gay or somewhere in between.”  [James Ivory previously got nominations for ... more >

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OSCARS : “THE SHAPE OF WATER” IS THE WINNER !

Frances McDormand wins Best Actress

No surprises to be had this year, and thankfully so. Prizes were just and fair, and there were no envelopes mixups. The top prize went to “The Shape of Water,” Gary Oldman won Actor in a Leading Role for his Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” and Frances McDormand won Best Actress in a Leading Role for her turn in “Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.” "Shape" also won accolades for "Best ... more >

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A.J. GOLDMANN’s Berlinale recap: “Madeline’s Madeline” and “Waldheim’s Waltz” stand out

(featured image: "Madeline's Madeline") After nearly four hundred films screening over ten days to 21,000 accredited guests and a third of a million ticket buyers, the Berlin International Film Festival drew to a close this past Sunday. The 68th installment of Europe’s largest film festival was a robust edition, with an unusually-high number of worthy films spread over the Berlinale’s dozen ... more >