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    ND/NF REVIEW: Meandering "Medina" Offers Beautiful Moments

    ND/NF REVIEW: Meandering "Medina" Offers Beautiful Moments

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    ND/NF REVIEW: Sentimental, yet Exquisitely Detailed "Shower" Refreshes

    ND/NF REVIEW: Sentimental, yet Exquisitely Detailed "Shower" Refreshesby Stan Schwartz(indieWIRE/3.31.2000) -- After having spent some time on the festival circuit, Chinese director Zhang Yang's "Shower" has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. And with good reason. Yang's second feature takes ...

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    ND/NF REVIEW: "Journey to the Sun," A Turkish Delight of Injustice and Poetry

    ND/NF REVIEW: "Journey to the Sun," A Turkish Delight of Injustice and Poetryby Mark Peranson(indieWIRE/3.30.2000) -- Yesim Ustaoglu's courageous second feature handles the subjects of police brutality, flagrant injustice and political repression with a deft hand -- the result is more a poetic mourning about the state of a state than a harsh piece of anti-Turkish propaganda. I'll rephrase that: "Journey to the Sun" is a subtle work of anti-government propaganda, which also manages to sustain a tense atmosphere as politics start to dominate the lives of its main characters. More of a love on the run than a less racist version of "Midnight Expr...

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    REVIEW: Indian Beauty: "Such a Long Journey" Chronicles Middle-Age Strife in 1970s Suburban Bombay

    REVIEW: Indian Beauty: "Such a Long Journey" Chronicles Middle-Age Strife in 1970s Suburban Bombayby G. Allen Johnson (indieWIRE/3.30.2000) -- "All life's problems," a dying man tells Gustad Noble, "begin whenever we look for permanence."

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    ND/NF REVIEW: "Suzhou River"; It's Déjà Vu All Over Again

    ND/NF REVIEW: "Suzhou River"; It's Déjà Vu All Over Againby Mark Peranson(indieWIRE/3.29.2000) -- Named after the murky, polluted river that floats through Shanghai, "Suzhou River" confidently charts how its filth overflows into a noirish gangland story of a kidnapping, a girl, a motorcycle driver, and another pair -- the narrator and his girlfriend, who are their doubles. Heads, tails, and stripes above all other films that competed at this year's International Film festival Rotterdam Rotterdam -- and one of the eventual winners of the festival's top award -- was Lou Ye's very assured and engrossing tale. You're unlikely to fin...

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    ND/NF REVIEW: Slovenian Pic Idly "Running" Along

    ND/NF REVIEW: Slovenian Pic Idly "Running" Alongby Andrea Meyer(indieWIRE/3.28.2000) -- Dizzy, the lanky, nonchalant antihero of Slovenian director Janez Burger's debut feature "Idle Running," graduated from college some time ago. He still lives in his own private room in the dorms, though. If he didn't, where else would he drink and play cards with the boys, spend hours staring at a TV screen, and sleep with his girlfriend when she deigns to visit? The cute girl from down the hall, Evy (Polona Lovsin), who visibly has a crush on him, knocks sweetly when it's time for lunch. A maid cleans up his empty beer cans. And if he feels like fondling ...

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    ND/NF REVIEW: Japan's "Adrenaline Drive" Runs High on Screwball Comedy

    ND/NF REVIEW: Japan's "Adrenaline Drive" Runs High on Screwball Comedyby Brandon JudellIf Shinobu Yaguchi's "Adrenaline Drive" had been released, say by Disney, with a post-acne cast of "Dawson's Creek" interchangables, this comic effort would have wound up directly at the mall and not as part of Ne...

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    REVIEW: McNaughton Paints Slice of Life Doc of "Condo"

    REVIEW: McNaughton Paints Slice of Life Doc of "Condo"by Danny Lorber(indieWIRE/2.14.2000) -- John McNaughton's directorial debut film was the seminal "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer," a maddening, droll expose into the life of a homicidal psycho. The film was impressively disturbing -- if not a...

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    REVIEW: "The Ninth Gate": Polanski Revisits Satan with Less than Devilish Fun

    REVIEW: "The Ninth Gate": Polanski Revisits Satan with Less than Devilish Funby Brandon Judell(indieWIRE/3.9.2000) -- Imagine a cute little lad with sweat on his brow banging away at a piñata with all of his might for over two hours. You just can't help admiring the obsessive, unbridled passion...

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    REVIEW: "Ghost Dog" Successfully Mixes Mafia, Samurai and Hip-Hop

    REVIEW: "Ghost Dog" Successfully Mixes Mafia, Samurai and Hip-Hopby David Bourgeois(indieWIRE/2.14.2000) -- Unmistakably his most accessible film in his 19-year career, Jim Jarmusch, the director of such films as "Stranger Than Paradise," "Mystery Train," "Down by Law," and "Dead Man" succeeds by in...

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