World cinema

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Gagarine review – close encounters of the banlieue kind
This mesmerising debut about a teenager looking to fix up his Paris estate passes up the usual angry social-realism in favour of something more celestial

Cath Clarke

23, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Balloon review – beauty and melancholy in Tibet’s sheep-herding life
Writer-director Pema Tseden tells this story of a clash between modernity and tradition as a woman is dismayed to find she is pregnant

Phuong Le

20, Sep, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Mélanie Laurent on The Mad Women’s Ball: ‘It was like the doctors were playing with dolls’
The French actor has directed a historical drama about women experimented on at a psychiatric hospital in Paris. She talks about the shocking story – and its resonance for women today

Stuart Jeffries

16, Sep, 2021 @3:00 PM

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La Caja review – mystery box of bones ignites brooding surrogate-father tale
The final instalment in Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas’s trilogy about fathers and sons takes on social issues as well as emotional ones

Xan Brooks

06, Sep, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Jean-Paul Belmondo obituary
Star of the French Nouvelle Vague who rose to fame in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960 masterpiece Breathless

Ronald Bergan

06, Sep, 2021 @4:08 PM

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Happening review – sex and abortion on the new frontline in 60s France
Adapted from Annie Ernaux’s novel, this drama about a student agonising over an illegal termination plays out as a tense, gripping thriller

Xan Brooks

06, Sep, 2021 @3:21 PM

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Jean-Paul Belmondo, star of Breathless, dies aged 88
The actor exploded on to the screen in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960 New Wave classic, which made him one of France’s biggest box-office stars

Andrew Pulver

06, Sep, 2021 @2:32 PM

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The Hand of God review – Paolo Sorrentino exposes his childhood trauma
Going back to Naples and the disaster that changed his life, The Great Beauty director evokes his adolescence with bawdy vigour

Xan Brooks

02, Sep, 2021 @5:15 PM

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Parallel Mothers review – Almodóvar delivers Venice film festival a little bundle of joy
Pedro Almodóvar and Penélope Cruz open the festival with a boisterous, warm-bodied swapped-at-birth melodrama about two single women who meet in a maternity ward

Xan Brooks

01, Sep, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Shorta review – Danish urban thriller gets the heart pumping
Two cops are stranded in hostile territory when an act of police brutality triggers a riot in this slick action film

Cath Clarke

01, Sep, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Visit, or Memories and Confessions review – Manoel de Oliveira’s remarkable testament
The Portuguese director’s stately cine-memoir about his singular life was shot nearly four decades ago but withheld at his request until his death, aged 106

Peter Bradshaw

30, Aug, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Souad review – teen life in the modern Middle East
Two Egyptian sisters experience the highs and lows of a permissive lifestyle in Ayten Amin’s sensitive drama

Simran Hans

29, Aug, 2021 @10:30 AM

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