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JUST LIKE A WOMAN

In his American feature film debut, award-winning French director Rachid Bouchareb (plus screenwriters Marion Doussot & Joelle Touma) riffs THELMA & LOUISE, but how times have changed! Chicago-born “Marilyn” (Sienna Miller) married for love, but now her husband is unemployed & acting out. Meanwhile Egyptian-born “Mona” (Golshifteh Farahani) is in an arranged marriage, therefore a…

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BYZANTIUM

Oh, no, not ANOTHER vampire movie! And yet with Moira Buffini adapting her own play & Neil Jordan at the helm, Byzantium–lush romantic & heart-breaking–is a must see! Two “sisters” are adrift in a seedy coastal town. 20something “Clara” (Arterton) does what she must to keep them alive while teenage “Eleanor” (Ronan) suffers with the…

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THREE WORLDS

Two worlds collide & a drunk-driving incident becomes the occasion for a trenchant analysis of contemporary French culture. Excellent acting by the three principals, but alas the third world (ironically here the upper middle class world of the witness who becomes a reluctant intermediary) is more assumed than depicted. Otherwise? Perfect! (JLH: 4.5/5) Click HERE…