“Like Father, Like Son” What happens when two boys are switched at birth

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 Ryota Nonomya (Masaharu Fukuyama) is a high-powered businessman in Tokyo. He lives with his wife Midori (Machiko Ono) and their six-year old son Kieta (Keita Ninomiya) in a high rise condo.  They are very well off and the parents make sure that Keita always behaves well. Ryoto, in fact, is quite demanding of young Keita.One day the parents receive a telephone call that turns their world upside down.  The blood tests taken before Keita begins at a private school show that they are n … [Read more...]

“Narco Cultura” explores the meaning of the US & Mexico’s war on drugs

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"Narco Cultura" 102 minutes, in English and Spanish with English subtitlesJust when some think border fences between the U.S. and Mexico are stemming the tide of undocumented people coming north, their status as problem-solvers appears to be that of a managed image to mask the real threat to the U.S: illegal trafficking in guns and drugs that is facilitating a tragic conflict in Mexico.What U.S. citizens are not seeing is how the Mexican war on drugs is fueled by arms from the U.S. and … [Read more...]

Dialogue of Cultures International Film Festival (watch and vote for the audience award online)

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I received this information this morning from SIGNIS, the international Catholic association for communication.The press release from the organization follows; but you can go directly to the website with the films by clicking here.Participation in the festival is free, that is, you can see all of the films online and vote by clicking on "fan". MUBI also offers a new world film every day for a subscription fee - but the festival Nov 1-14 is gratis (only a few days … [Read more...]

“Hannah Arendt” and the banality of evil

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Director Margarethe von Trotta, whose numinous 2009 film, "Vision," told the life story of St. Hildegard of Bingen, has taken on the story of another influential woman, the philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt (1906-75)."Hannah Arendt" opens in New York in 1960 where Arendt (Barbara Sukowa), a German émigré and secular Jew, writes and teaches at a university. When the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, captures the Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann and takes him clandestinely to J … [Read more...]

There’s Something in the Air (“Après mai”)

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This French film won Best Screenplay at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, but I am not quite sure why. It tells the personal story of the filmmaker Olivier Assayas, a kind of semi-autobiography. It starts off well enough in a high school classroom in Paris 1971, when a teacher reads from Blaise Pascal: "Between us and Heaven or Hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world."From then on, the film follows the main character, Gilles (Clément Métayer), an aspiring artist who w … [Read more...]


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