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Melbourne International Film Festival: 23 July 2011

Sarah Ward July 24, 2011 0

In the second full day of screenings, and the first to fall on a weekend, the Melbourne International Film Festival wasted little time filling its many venues. With nine sold out sessions (including Werner

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Beautiful Lies

Beautiful Lies

Sarah Ward July 24, 2011 0

The latest in a long line of romantic comedies to grace screens this year, Beautiful Lies unravels an unconventional love triangle with a farcical twist, yet can’t escape its ever present reliance on contrivance and coincidence.

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Special Treatment

Special Treatment

Sarah Ward July 16, 2011 0

Exploring the many parallels between prostitution and psychoanalysis, Jeanne Labrune’s Special Treatment may be amusing and moving, smart and sophisticated, and even humorous and heartfelt, however it feels somewhat insubstantial beyond its brief running time.

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Mozart’s Sister

Mozart’s Sister

Sarah Ward July 9, 2011 0

Exploring femininity and family, period piece Mozart’s Sister weaves strength, sadness and speculation into a bittersweet biopic of the teenage years of the talented, troubled sibling to the musical maestro of the eighteenth century.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Sarah Ward July 5, 2011 0

Whilst meandering and melodramatic, and also over-reliant upon the eclectic collection of ensemble characters often seen in such efforts, French feature Little White Lies offers a moderately interesting exploration of the half truths that fuel friendships.

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The Trip

The Trip

Sarah Ward June 30, 2011 0

Whilst neither are household names outside their home continent, comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have enjoyed fruitful careers for over two decades. From the small screen to the larger canvas, each has carved

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Sydney Film Festival 2011: Day 5

Sarah Ward June 14, 2011 0

The Forgiveness of Blood The Silver Bear winner for best script at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival, The Forgiveness Of Blood delves into violence and vengeance between Albanian families. Unpacking the consequences of a

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Sydney Film Festival 2011: Day 4

Sarah Ward June 13, 2011 0

The Future Whilst protagonists and omnipresent observers are often placed in the role of the narrator in cinema, few features cast an injured feline as the guiding voice of the story. This niche is

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Sydney Film Festival 2011: Day 3

Sarah Ward June 12, 2011 0

Sleeping Beauty: The feature film debut of award winning Australian author Julia Leigh (“The Hunter” and “Disquiet”) under the mentorship of Academy Award recipient Jane Campion (The Piano), Sleeping Beauty is far removed from

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Carlos (Alliance Française French Film Festival 2011)

Sarah Ward March 29, 2011 0

The name Ilich Ramírez Sánchez may not inspire instant recognition amongst the majority of the populace, however his nom de guerre certainly will. Under the guise of Carlos the Jackal, Venezuelan militant Sánchez was

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