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"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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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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