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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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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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A Cat in Paris (Alliance Française French Film Festival 2011)

Sarah Ward March 22, 2011 0

When it comes to animated features, Disney’s Pixar Animation Studios seems to hold all the cards. From humble beginnings with a little film called Toy Story, it has gone on to produce eleven full-length

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Potiche (Alliance Française French Film Festival 2011)

Sarah Ward March 19, 2011 0

Celebrated French writer / director François Ozon has crafted an interesting career over his 22 years in the business, graduating from shorts (with no less than 18 to his name) to documentaries (Jospin s’éclaire)

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Outside the Law (Alliance Française French Film Festival 2011)

Sarah Ward March 14, 2011 0

A stand-alone follow-up to writer / director Rachid Bouchareb’s Cannes Film Festival François Chalais award-winning world war two film Days Of Glory, Outside The Law provides a lengthy interpretation of the impact of French

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The Three Way Wedding (Windows On Europe Film Festival 2011)

Sarah Ward February 3, 2011 0

The inner workings of a relationship that involves more than two participants – either implicitly or explicitly – have regaled audiences for generations, with the more titillating titles amongst the canon certainly drawing a

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Melbourne International Film Festival: I Love You Phillip Morris

Sarah Ward July 31, 2010 0

To many members of the population, the name Philip Morris is synonymous with big tobacco, with the British-formed multi-national company a titan of the industry. Hence when a film entitled I Love You Phillip

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