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45 years

Movie Review It’s not every film that wins two major awards for acting at a film festival. This one did, in Berlin. The Mercer couple prepare to celebrate the 45th anniversary of their marriage. A week before the celebration, Jeff receives a letter in German saying that a girl’s body has been found in the …

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A Man Called Ove

Movie Review There’s a special direction in contemporary European cinema that hasn’t yet been named. Let’s call them tragicomic stories about lonely grumpy old men who find meaning in life through casual encounters with strangers. “Uwe’s Second Life is just one of these. Uwe, in his seventh decade, is angry and discontented all the time, …

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Testament of Youth

Movie Review Starring Alicia Vikander and Keith Harrington, the film is adaptation of Vera Britain’s autobiographical book Testaments of Youth (hence the film can also be found under that title). The year is 1914 – Vera, her brother, her friends – on the threshold of something new and big. She has just started college, she …

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Labor Day

Movie Review A single woman and her son live in a small town where everyone knows everyone else. She wants for nothing – she tried to live once, but it didn’t work out and she shut herself away in her house. She tries to communicate with the world only through her son. That is until …

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Calvary (2014)

Movie Review The protagonist is a priest who considers it his duty to heal his parishioners’ wounds and absolve them of their sins. The drama here revolves around such difficult topics for humanity as the crisis of faith, compassion and, of course, forgiveness. And the whole plot revolves around the fact that in confession one …

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The Hunt (2012)

Movie Review How easily and, worst of all, with gusto, people are prepared to ruin another man’s life – director Thomas Vineberg tells us with his film. Once upon a time, an acquaintance, a psychologist, showed up on his doorstep to follow cases where fantasies replace real memories. He told Vineberg that he should definitely …

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Poetry (2010)

Movie Review “Poetry is a beautiful, deep and unpretentious film that won Best Korean film in 2010 and was admired at Cannes. The film’s protagonist, Mia, has three passions in life: a love of pretty clothes, flowers and her grandson. Later, another one will be added to them – poetry and the desire to write …

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