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Yesterday Children

Roman Catholicism and traditional animistic beliefs clash in this well-intentioned social drama from the Philippines, set in a remote village during a prolonged drought. Not surprisingly, the natural disaster brings to the surface a variety of prejudices and reveals the community’s hierarchy of values pertaining to God, man, and nature: a few villagers seek solace […]

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Barracks

In the Soviet Union communal living arrangements in multifamily dwellings were considered a normal part of life. To contemporary Russian filmmakers they can serve as a handy metaphor for both the achievements and shortcomings of the communist system. Valeri Ogorodnikov’s Barracks is set in the early 50s within the barren landscape of a small provincial […]

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Chicago International Film Festival

Friday, October 10 Private Confessions Private Confessions was scripted by the retired Ingmar Bergman, who seems to delight in having other filmmakers expand on his parents’ private lives. Pernilla August and Samuel Froler reprise the roles of Anna and Henrik Bergman they played in Bille August’s 1989 The Best Intentions, with Bergman standby Max von […]

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29th Chicago International Film Festival: The Week’s Worth

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 Rudy A worthy addition to the “faith, grit, and hard work conquers all” genre that includes Rocky and Hoosiers (which was directed by David Anspaugh and written by Angelo Pizzo, the same team that created Rudy). This is a surprisingly involving, deceptively straightforward story of an average–maybe less-than-average–guy who dreams of going […]