Articles by Don Hines

Potiche

Potiche

(France; 103 min.) As the “trophy wife” of the title, Catherine Deneuve is at once regal and sensible in director Francois (8 Women) Ozon’s gift to Deneuve and to French politics—sexual and otherwise.

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Copacabana

Copacabana

(France; 90 min.) Isabelle Huppert delightfully plays against type as Babou, France’s oldest living teenager, who went on a road trip during the ‘70s and never quite came back.

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Village Without Women

Village Without Women

(Croatia/France; 84 min.) Three brothers, a few elderly neighbors and some sheep are all that remain in a Serbian hamlet.

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Mamma Gogo

Mamma Gogo

(Iceland; 90 min.) Fridrik Thor Fridriksson writes and directed this self-deprecating autobiographical story of an Icelandic film director (Kristbjorg Kjeld) coping with his mother’s (Hilmir Snaer Gudnason) Alzheimer’s disease

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A Little Help

A Little Help

(U.S.; 105 min.) Big fans of Jenna ( The Office ) Fischer may love her portrayal of Laura, a disaffected dental hygienist with an overbearing family—others may have to strain to glean some pleasure from this dark comedy.

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A Kiss and a Promise

A Kiss and a Promise

(Canada; 92 min.) This disquieting film set in small-town Ontario is sadly plausible only because it is based on “actual events.”

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The Happy Housewife

The Happy Housewife

(Netherlands; 100 min.) Having a baby can cause more psychiatric problems than having an abortion, says a study in last month’s New England Journal of Medicine .

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Dreaming Nicaragua

Dreaming Nicaragua

(U.S.; 60 min.) Children can improvise fun anywhere—as this colorful Nicaraguan slum documentary shows—before poverty and young parenthood grinds them down.

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Take a Chance America

Take a Chance America

(U.S.; 95 min.) America Gonzales (Lymari Nadal, wife of executive producer Edward James Olmos) flees her abusive military husband (a very frightening Yancey Arias) in Puerto Rico to a job as a live-in housekeeper in suburban New York City.

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Togetherness Supreme

Togetherness Supreme

(Kenya; 94 min.) All politics is local. This docudrama records the impact of the 2008 Kenyan presidential election without ever leaving the Nairobi shantytown of Kibera.

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