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Slack Bay Directed by Bruno Dumont Opens April 21 Once labeled as part of a “New French Extremity,” Bruno Dumont for years had a reputation as one of the European art-house’s most stalwart killjoys, a Hanekean exponent of austerity and provocation. That began to change with his last film, the shaggy-dog policier Li’l Quinquin: without relinquishing any of his gravity, Dumont revealed (or discovered) himself to be a nimble conductor of majestic, filigreed slapstick. The new Slack...
The Wait Directed by Piero Messina Opens April 29 at the Landmark Sunshine “Your mom is odd,” says a young woman in a voicemail to her boyfriend in the Italian film L’Attesa (The Wait), a sentence that’s repeated a few times throughout the moody—and rather tedious—first feature. Juliette Binoche calls to mind the glassy-eyed role-play of Certified Copy as the mother in question, Anna, who indeed acts oddly here—in large part because her only son, Giuseppe, has...

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