The Farewell Party
High drama and lowbrow, morbid humor get stitched together in this successful tragicomedy about terminal patients and assisted suicide. Works better than expected.
Last year, Roger Ebert wrote: "Not all movie awards are created equal. Countless groups bestow their praise on each year's movies, no doubt stirred by honorable motives, as well as a desire to influence the Oscars and get publicity. The Golden Globes are no doubt the best-known of the pre-Oscars, but not necessarily the most respected. For respect, the top of the field is occupied, I think, by the National Society of Film Critics and the American Film Institute."
The full list of NSFC winners (with runners-up in parentheses):
Picture: "Capote" (runners-up: "A History of Violence," "2046")
Foreign Lanuage Film: "Head-On" ("Gegen die Wand") ("2046," "Cache")
Nonfiction flm: "Grizzly Man" ("Darwin's Nightmare," "Ballets russe")
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