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    Buyer's Guide: 146 Films For Sale In Toronto

    The 34th Toronto International Film Festival kicks off today with the potential for a lot of deals to go down over its ten day duration. One hundred and forty-six premieres could result in acquisition for major territories, with over 3,000 industry professionals are expected to attend the Festival a...

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    REVIEW | Climax First, then the Build Up: Ozon Finds Satisfaction in "Refuge"

    Francois Ozon's "Le Refuge" begins where most movies climax. It opens with junkie Parisian couple Mousse (Isabelle Carre) and Louis (Melvil Poupaud) overdosing on heroin in weary ecstasy. The next morning, Louis dies; when Mousse wakes up in a coma, she's single and pregnant. Retreating to a quiet home in the countryside, she settles into a lonely existence. Louis's brother Paul (Louis-Ronan Choisy) pays her a visit, introducing a new chance for Mousse to obtain emotional catharsis with the family of her late lover. The connection that blossoms between these two characters forms the bulk of the running time, leading to a gentle portrait of em...

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    Tilda and Luca Make "Love" In Toronto

    "We've been talking about making this film for seven years," Tilda Swinton said at the international premiere of Luca Guadagnino's "I Am Love," which she produced and stars in. "Luca and I are very, very old friends. I think we started to talk about a film that ...

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    REVIEW | Business or Pleasure: Mia Hansen-Love’s "The Father of My Children" Twists the Dark

    In "The Father of My Children" French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Love makes something oddly beautiful and complex from a basic comic template. A story of a workaholic dad who has an immensely difficult time juggling business and family, the film nevertheless takes its conventions in a unexpected direction. From the start, all the cliches are in place: a disheveled man (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing) wearing a rumpled suit negotiates about seven different associates squawking into his cell phone while rushing down a Paris sidewalk, both on foot and behind the wheel of a car. His harried wife (Chiara Caselli) sits impatiently at home with the kids, who in...

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    REVIEW | Faith No More: Bruno Dumont’s “Hadewijch”

    Following in the grand tradition of austere European filmmakers, Bruno Dumont gives religious faith quite a workout in his new film, "Hadewijch." Not that this should come as a surprise to anyone who's followed Dumont's career. One of French cinema’s most illustrious provocateurs, Dumont has moved r...

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    Czech Film "Shameless" Gets Picked Up Out of Toronto

    Jan Hrebejk's "Shameless" - having its International Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival - has been acquired for North American release by distributor Menemsha Films. Producers Rudolf Biermann and Tomas Hoffman of In Film Praha announced the deal for the film - alr...

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    Venice Wraps With Tom Ford's Extraordinary "Man"

    Things I expected from Tom Ford's adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's novel "A Single Man": Some lovely suits. (I don't think this was unreasonable.) Ravishing cinematography. Fastidious production design. An intense, perhaps even synesthetic affinity with the sensual world. Some well-toned ass.

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    REVIEW | Drifting Through Layoffs: Clooney Plays his Trumpcard in Reitman's "Up in the Air"

    George Clooney may not possess tremendous range, but he sure knows his sweet spot. In "Up in the Air," the highly anticipated third feature from "Juno" director Jason Reitman, Clooney plays a man who likes to control his enviornment. As the corporate downsizing expert Ryan Bingham, he portrays the s...

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    Willem Dafoe: "I'm a happy guy, but I also think about death all the time"

    "The hardest thing in the world is feeling engaged with something you don't find interesting. And so, the actual intensity of [this project] is something that I love," actor Willem Dafoe told indieWIRE Friday afternoon in Toronto. And whether its a hypnotic jubilation of sorts or a tremendous sense ...

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    REVIEW | For the Love of Trash, Korine's "Humpers" Fetes the Freak

    If "Mister Lonely" suggested that Harmony Korine had developed a sentimental streak, "Trash Humpers" proves that his original subversiveness was merely in hibernation. The movie, a succession of incomplete scenes shot on lo-fi video, plays like a first person version of "The Devil's Rejects." A psyc...

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