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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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The Unloved, Part 71: Ravenous

Just because the official spooky season has drawn to a close, that's no reason not to gift yourself some incredible off-beat horror for the rest of autumn. Here's a look at a director whose become synonymous with her only horror movie, a cult oddity worthy of all the praise that's been heaped on it over the years, and which barely scratches the surface of her incredible and giving body of work. 

Antonia Bird was like Ken Loach in training, desperate to make art for and about the poorest among us. Her movies about sexual abuse are as powerful today as they were when she completed them. "Ravenous" is not the whole story, but it easily could be. Anyone else would be lucky to have one film as good as this, but luckily for us, it's just the tip of the iceberg. 


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