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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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Greta

Because all the characters except Greta are rather thinly drawn (including Frances, a distressed ingenue that not even Moretz can save), they might feel a touch mechanical if Huppert weren't in there, pirouetting her way through the script.

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Close

Close is strong on all counts, until it seems to lose its nerve and decides to explain a character who was more compelling when the film let her be a lethal question mark.

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