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Cartel Land

The film provides a fascinating, on-the-ground account of people struggling with situations that range from challenging to horrific.

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Stray Dog

"Stray Dog" largely succeeds because Granik's technique complements her subject. Both he and the film are modest in their goals and cherish the value of…

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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God bless you, Sean Penn! You made me cry. I cry at the happy parts, not the sad.

The film will premiere in Brazil on March 31. No word if Sean Penn is coming. Essentially, this viral video and the national craze for inviting him have already done the trick by promoting the film beyond the kid's wildest dreams.

• Thanks to Pablo Villaça, my Far-Flung Correspondent in Brazil.

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