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"THE WEDDING SONG, a seductively fluid and tactile drama from the writer and director Karin Albou, explores love and identity..."New York Times "Writer-director Karin Albou has a sensuous, intimate filmmaking style..." -- Grade: BEntertainment Weekly "[E]xquisite yet harrowing....With intimacy and sensuality, Albou explores what it means to be a woman and the bonds that women form with each other in an increasingly precarious situation."Los Angeles Times "A small-scale feature made with modest resources, THE WEDDING SONG seeks, and finds, larger meaning as a multipurpose parable..."Wall Street Journal 4 stars out of 5 -- "Albou even steps in front of the camera to give a strong performance as Myriam's struggling mother, Her scenes with Brochere are some of the best in the film."Box Office26.3135

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"Bold, vibrant and impassioned, YES is the work of a high-risk film artist in command of her medium and gifted in propelling her actors to soaring performances."Los Angeles Times "Potter and the cast are to be warmly commended for their unabashed artistic ambition." Uncut "[A] bold romantic drama, with dialogue in iambic pentameters..." Sight and Sound26.26484

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"[A] gently observed film....Mr. Deville's direction is clean, unfussy and to the point."New York Times "[A] quietly impressive film....ALMOST PEACEFUL succeeds as a delicately moving memory piece about a subject not often put on film: the process of moving on into ordinary life after surviving the Holocaust."Los Angeles Times "Several stories play out, some sad, some romantic. The horror of the war is just offscreen, just out of sight, still present in the memory of every character."Chicago Sun-Times26.02152

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"Mixing memoir, history, and childhood fantasy, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's PERSEPOLIS glides effortlessly from one realm to another."Film Comment "[A] tale that unfolds with such grace, intelligence and charm that you almost take the wondrous aspects of its execution for granted."New York Times "By turns lyrical, serious, funny and acerbic, PERSEPOLIS raises the bar for animation and illustrates the true power of storytelling in illuminating the world and its conflicts."Box Office "[I]t's a paean to the universality of human experience, a testament to the endurance of individuality during great political and fanatical upheaval..."Los Angeles Times "[T]he sassy, nonchalant juxtaposition of political and personal specificity in PERSEPOLIS is a marvel." -- Grade: AEntertainment Weekly 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "It's a mind-blower. Using a few deft strokes of her black pen, Satrapi brings a whole world to life."Rolling Stone 4 stars out of 5 -- "This largely black-and-white, defiantly undetailed and sometimes stylised film could have been made at any point since the dawn of cinema, and yet it's a thoroughly modern affair."Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]martly wry, searching and truthful....The confidence of this self-portrait proves one thing: Satrapi sure found her creative vocation."Total Film "[A] movie made up of small, telling moments that gifts us with much larger truths."Sight and Sound 3 stars out of 5 -- "PERSEPOLIS offers an excellent, child's-eye guide to recent Iranian history."Uncut0.2433182

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