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IN THE FADE: a moral choice in a revenge thriller

Diane Kruger gives a brilliant performance in the searing and emotionally devastating German thriller In the Fade.  Kruger plays a German woman whose husband and child are murdered.  Her life essentially disintegrates, as a whodunit carries on mostly beyond her.  … Continue reading

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MUSTANG: repression challenged by the human spirit

Mustang is about five exuberant Turkish teenage girls who challenge the repression of traditional culture.  It’s a triumph for writer-director Deniz Gamze Ergüven, and one of the best films of the year. The five parentless sisters are living with their … Continue reading

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Cinequest: The Circle Within

The Circle Within (Icimdeki Cember) is a Turkish fable that turns into a psychological drama. An old peddler trudges between isolated hamlets when a younger man knocks him senseless and draws a circle in the dirt around the fallen old … Continue reading

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Cinequest: One Day or Another

In the Turkish dramedy One Day or Another (El yazisi), writer-director Ali Vatansever does a better job writing than directing.  The story seems to contain four threads, each about a different couple; but Vatansever cleverly reveals one decades-long romance by … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia: a road trip to the depths of the human condition

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia,  one of the best movies of the year and an extraordinary achievement in filmmaking, is too long and too slow for most audiences.  That’s okay with its director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who says that … Continue reading

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