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The 8 Indie Films You Must See in April

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire April 2, 2012 at 12:58PM

The winter's post-Oscar doldrums are gone and the Spring specialty film release calendar is abuzz with an eclectic mix of films American and international, narrative and documentary, dramatic and comic. Before the summer season ups the ante, it's an excellent opportunity to check out a batch of smaller (even in terms of indie) films that certainly warrant your attention.

5. Goodbye First Love

Why Is It a "Must See"?  French director Mia Hansen-Love follows up her acclaimed "The Father of My Children" with this look at young love. A kindred spirit to Olivier Assayas's family drama "Summer Hours" (Hansen-Love is notably engaged to Assayas), the talky, critical film follows a decade in the relationship between Camille (Lola Créton) and Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky). Think a sort of French "Like Crazy," but with considerably less convention. (April 20, Sundance Selects)

What Do Critics Think?  "Goodbye First Love" has a  B average on its Criticwire page.

6. Bernie

Why Is It a "Must See"? Richard Linklater reunites with his "School of Rock" star Jack Black in this dark comedy about a mortician named Bernie Tiede (Black) who befriends a rich widow (Shirley MacLaine) in a small Texas town. Based on a wild true story, the film premiered to generally good reviews at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year. Indiewire's Eric Kohn called it "an oddly endearing love letter to Southern eccentricities that calls to mind no less than his iconic 'Slacker.'" (April 27, Millennium Entertainment)

What Do Critics Think?  "Bernie" has a  B- average on its Criticwire page.

This article is related to: Lists, Sound Of My Voice, We Have a Pope, Here, Damsels in Distress, Goodbye First Love, Marley, Bernie, Monsieur Lazhar

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