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Life struck me as several cuts above “meh” but never made me jump out of my seat.

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A buddy film about overcompensating characters that seems to have also been made by overcompensating comedians.

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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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Manuel de Oliveira is 102: A tribute

The first three scenes from "A Talking Picture" (2003)

The complete film is streaming on Netflix Instant, which introduces it: "A beautiful history professor (Leonor da Silveira) and her 8-year-old daughter embark on a Mediterranean cruise from Lisbon to Bombay. Along the way, they talk about myths, legends and the milestones of Mediterranean civilization. Their compelling discourse about the history of Western civilization eventually includes the ship's captain, Comandante John Walesa (John Malkovich). Also stars Catherine Deneuve, Irene Papas and Stefania Sandrelli."

Three other films by de Oliveira are streaming on Netflix.

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