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Elegant Lies (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Tears within its cool restraint

  South Korean film “Elegant Lies” has a fair share of tears to shed inside its story, but it holds them with admirable restraint while rarely resorting to cheap melodrama overflowing with tears. This is a sad story about how … Continue reading

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Wadjda (2012) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : A small but remarkable movie from Saudi Arabia

 “Wadjda” is a small but remarkable movie for many reasons. While its director managed to shoot the entire film in the country not very supportive of movie industry, this is the first feature length film directed by a female director … Continue reading

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Small Change (1976) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : The lively kids in one French town

When I watched one film directed by François Truffaut for the first time during one Sunday afternoon of 2008, I had a little expectation about the movie, which was shown on TV as “Pocket Money”. Although I was already familiar … Continue reading

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Monsieur Lazhar (2011) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : A substitute teacher in charge of the class in grief

The terrible incident suddenly happens in one Canadian elementary school during the mundane but shattering opening sequence of “Monsieur Lazhar.” While the students enjoy the free time outside the building, one of the schoolteachers is found dead, hanging herself up … Continue reading

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Punch (2011) ☆☆☆(3/4) : His enemy, His teacher, and… His neighbour

If you are a South Korean and you were relatively lucky while going through ruthless South Korean education system, you probably had at least one teacher who ‘bothered’ you a lot in your school days. He had a lot of … Continue reading

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Confessions (2010) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Vengeance is hers

It begins on the last day of the semester at a classroom of some Japanese junior high school. Though they will return to their school after a month, most of the students are very excited while waiting for the time … Continue reading

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Silenced (2011) ☆☆☆(3/4) : It was very, very unfair to these molested kids

You will be aghast at what you will see in South Korean film “Silenced”, an angry movie about the horrid truth hidden beneath one school for the deaf kids. When the end credit rolls on the screen, you will be … Continue reading

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : It ends well with a bang

Finally, after nearly 10 years, we arrive at the point where the story ends. With the stage for a big finale established in Part 1 in last winter, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” does an excellent job … Continue reading

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In a Better World (2010) ☆☆☆(3/4) : In two lesser worlds

 “In a Better World” presents us a question which cannot be easily answered in our imperfect world: how should we response to the violence and accompanying injustices? Yes, we usually say we can solve the problems with the communication and … Continue reading

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