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Bonjour Tristesse (1958) Directed by Otto Preminger “You go to a place, you leave a place.” Such is the hollow existence the carefree bourgeoisie playboys (and girls) lead along the Riviera in Preminger’s adaption of Françoise Sagan’s novella. It’s clichéd, undoubtedly, and not perhaps the subject matter one usually associates with the Austrian auteur, more commonly aligned with the left-leaning epics he would come to produce. Indeed, Bonjour Tristesse marks the end of a phase in...
Ebb and Flow (2014) Directed by Gabriel Mascaro The Brazilian filmmaker Mascaro’s half-hour-long film (which will screen together with his feature-length documentary Housemaids) follows, in closely observational and often sweet fashion, the daily routines of Rodrigo (played by Márcio Campelo Santana), a young deaf-mute man who lives with his mother and young sister in a lower-class neighborhood of Recife. Rodrigo is also HIV-positive, and by following him as he meets with doctors and jokes with friends,...
The Assassin Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien Opens October 16 “Of course a woman always seems to choose, with a dismaying instinct, the god-damndest moments to end a love affair. Her dismissals always seem to come the way assassinations do, from the least expected quarter.” —In Love, Alfred Hayes For romantic torment, it’s hard to beat the premise of The Assassin: A princess, abducted as a youth and trained to kill, is ordered to dispatch the man she was...

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