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A tout de suite

In Benoit Jacquot’s excellent Sade (2000), lissome French ingenue Isild Le Besco gave a seductive performance as a teenage girl corrupted by the legendary marquis. This absorbing thriller by Jacquot casts her in a similar role, as a comfortable Parisian art student who falls for a handsome Moroccan criminal (Ouassini Embarek) and impulsively follows him […]

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Abouna (Our Father)

This understated but affecting 2002 drama, which director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun says is one of just three features ever made in Chad, should be required viewing for American kids who think they’ve got troubles. The father of two boys disappears; the mother, unable to cope, enrolls the boys in a remote and harsh Islamic school. Haroun’s […]

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A Tale of the Wind

This poetic masterpiece (1988) is the crowning work of Joris Ivens, the great Dutch documentarian and leftist, who made it in collaboration with his companion, Marceline Loridan, shortly before his death at age 90. (In fact there’s reason to believe the film was mainly written by Loridan, though this makes it no less Ivens’s own […]