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Bitter Money Directed by Wang Bing February 23, 6:30pm at Film Comment Selects Dramatizing the plight of the masses is a tough trick. A lack of discernible individuals bores audiences and threatens to turn victims into statistics, but too much focus on individuals means they fail to convincingly and effectively stand for more than themselves. It’s a shame, then, that one of the few directors able to consistently strike the balance is so rarely screened in the...
Dogs Directed by Bogdan Mirică February 23, 9:30pm at Film Comment Selects Twelve years since Cristi Puiu’s The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005), a spate of dour Romanian films in the latest iteration of realism, and grouped together as a “New Wave,” have made their way to arthouse theaters. Parallel to these films arrives Dogs, directed by newcomer Bogdan Mirică. A moody and stylized work with genre trappings, this debut feature is about inborn violence linked to...
A Woman's Life Directed by Stéphane Brizé February 17, 6:30pm at the Film Society of Lincoln Center as the Opening Night film of Film Comment Selects Those familiar with Stéphane Brizé’s contemporary morality tale The Measure of a Man may be surprised by his latest film, A Woman’s Life. To be fair, both films show people who are forced to adjust to brutal, unforeseen circumstances. The Measure of a Man, about a worker who is suddenly laid...

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