Here are all our reviews of dramas.

Post Tagged with: "Drama"

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Land and Shade

in Colombian Movies

With its rather bare setting mostly focusing on 4 family members gathered in a house surrounded by sugar cane plantations, Land and Shade could easily be just a play and shouldn’t be recommended to anybody suffering from claustrophobia.  The fact that, despite its assumed minimalism, César Augusto Acevedo’s movie has garnered quite a few movie awards – including Cannes’ Critics […]

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The Lobster

in Irish Movies

Amusing, disturbing and quite surreal, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster is a very singular work delivering an incisive portrait of a totalitarian society. Supported by a cold, meticulous direction and subtle performances, Mr. Lanthimos’ work clearly takes a stand against normality, both surprising and frightening spectators. The movie is set in a rehabilitation center for bachelors located in a grand hotel. During their […]

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Olvidados

in Bolivian Movies

Arriving on our screens after having enjoyed quite a glorious run in South America, this big budget Bolivian/Mexican production sheds light on a dark era known as Operation Condor where Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay joined force to eradicate communism, imprisoning, torturing and executing militants, thinkers and innocents alike. Alternating between present time and flashbacks, Olvidados (Forgotten) uses a Bolivian […]

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Breathe

in French Movies

For her sophomore directing effort, the French actress Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds, Enemy) explores once again relationships between women, this time focusing on a couple teenage girls. Charlie (Joséphine Japy) is a studious and introverted 17-year old girl raised in a broken home. While she seems to see her young mother (Isabelle Carré – Romantics Anonymous, Beautiful Memories) almost as […]

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The Golden Dream

in Mexican Movies

While there have been quite a few films about the long and perilous expedition that migrating illegally to the US is, The Golden Dream (La Jaula de Oro) certainly hits our screens at the right time, the current migrating situation in Europe – mostly Iraqis, Syrians, Africans fleeing their respective countries for Germany, France, Spain and the UK. – making […]

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Güeros

Güeros

in Mexican Movies

A surprisingly well crafted debut feature from Mexico City director Alonso Ruizpalacios, Güeros follows three young men – 2 brothers and a friend – on a journey involving self-discovery, political consciousness and musical heritage. The film opens with a somewhat deplorable sequence where younger brother Tomás (Sebastián Aguirre) drops a water balloon from a roof on a stroller passing by. From […]

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Maps to the Stars

Maps to the Stars

in Canadian Movies

While I have been a David Cronenberg fan since the early days – seeing Scanners’ heads explode was certainly one of the most memorable moments of my cinephile youth – I must admit that I have been pretty puzzled by his two latest movies. After taking us on a tedious – limo – ride with Cosmopolis, Mr . Cronenberg is […]

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Tu Dors Nicole

Tu Dors Nicole

in Canadian Movies

For his third feature film, Québécois director Stéphane Lafleur (Continental, a Film without Guns) follows Nicole (Julianne Côté), a twenty-something spending the summer at home, with her brother, while her parents are away. Nicole seems to be sleepwalking through life, unable to emotionally connect with people and lacking any sense of responsibility. When she’s not working at a thrift store […]

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The Absent

The Absent

in Mexican Movies

Nicolás Pereda The Absent (Los Ausentes) opens with a lengthy shot of a cow chewing before panning to an old man cooking in his house. The man then gets out of the house and stands still, the whole sequence consisting in just a couple shots. This opening should give you an idea of what to expect, the only rare moments of […]

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Reality

Reality

in French Movies

In just 4 years, Quentin Dupieux has established himself as one of the most iconoclastic filmmakers on the international film circuit and with Reality he delivers his most ambitious and weirdest work to date – which says a lot. The French director who also had a successful electronic music career as Mr. Oizo came under the spotlight with his second […]

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Jimi: All Is By My Side

Jimi: All Is By My Side

in American Movies

While I always complain that most filmmakers play it safe, most particularly when it comes to creating formal biopics, this little indie film about the great Jimi Hendrix surprised me with its ingenuity. I’m not sure what artistic choices writer/director John Ridley (12 Years As A Slave) originally had in mind but the fact that the Hendrix estate refused to […]

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Recommended By Enrique

Recommended By Enrique

in American Movies

As I was reading the synopsis for Recommended by Enrique on the LA Film Fest guide, I couldn’t really figure out what this movie was about: saying something like “based on a bizarre true story about an aspiring actress and a mysterious cowboy stranded in a border town”, this film seemed to wander in Mulholland Drive territory, which was leaving […]

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Los Ángeles

Los Ángeles

in Mexican Movies

Despite what its title might suggest, Los Ángeles does not take place in the city of angels but rather in a small Zapotec community in Oaxaca, Mexico. Contrary to most Mexican movies dealing with emigrating to the US, Damian John Harper’s film isn’t about the journey but about the destination. For the locals, LA is seen like an almost dreamlike […]

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