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TIFF Review: La Danse—The Paris Opera Ballet

At this point Frederick Wiseman’s documentaries are almost beyond reproach. For more than 40 years he’s stuck to the same ascetic storytelling style: no title cards, no voice-over narration, no talking-head interviews, no staged re-creations or archival clips. His films can be demanding, but after one has been poked and prodded by more commercial documentaries, […]

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TIFF Review: A Serious Man

When I covered the 2008 Toronto film festival, my first screening was a Friday 9 AM showing of Joel and Ethan Coen’s Burn After Reading. This year my first screening was a Friday 9 AM showing of Joel and Ethan Coen’s A Serious Man. It took place in the same theater, and I think I […]

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TIFF Review: Le Pere de Mes Enfants

I’ve never heard of Mia Hansen-Love, and it’s too early in the morning for me to phone Gabe Klinger and inquire about her. According to the Internet Movie Database, she’s made three movies in France, none of which were released in Chicago. Her third, La Pere de Mes Enfants, which screened yesterday at the Toronto […]