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    ND/NF REVIEW: "Sound and Fury" Signifies Everything, Riveting Doc on Cultures, Hearing and Not

    ND/NF REVIEW: "Sound and Fury" Signifies Everything, Riveting Doc on Cultures, Hearing and Notby Andy Bailey(indieWIRE/4.7.2000) -- Josh Aronson's "Sound and Fury" surprises on a number of levels, most notably in its refusal to serve as a routine triumph-of-the-human-spirit documentary about deaf people transcending their handicap. Billed as a new film about the communication wars of the deaf, Aronson's thoroughly engaging doc examines the controversial cochlear implant (a surgical procedure that restores some level of hearing to the deaf) and its volatile influence on three generations of an extended family from Long Island, the Artinians, f...

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    REVIEW: The 'Wigger' Sideshow, Toback's Simplistic "Black and White"

    REVIEW: The 'Wigger' Sideshow, Toback's Simplistic "Black and White"by Mia Mask

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    ND/NF REVIEW: Childhood Stinks (and Transcends); "Ratcatcher"'s Sublime Portrait of Youth

    ND/NF REVIEW: Childhood Stinks (and Transcends); "Ratcatcher"'s Sublime Portrait of Youthby Andy Bailey(indieWIRE/4.6.2000) -- In "Ratcatcher," Lynne Ramsay serves up childhood in the Glaswegian housing projects as if we were watching it unravel out of two separate, embattled eyes, one innocent, the...

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    ND/NF REVIEW: Family/Labor Drama "Human Resources" Strikes (Smartly)

    ND/NF REVIEW: Family/Labor Drama "Human Resources" Strikes (Smartly)by Stan Schwartz(indieWIRE/4.5.2000) -- French director Laurent Cantet's first feature film "Human Resources" is a pleasure to watch for any number of reasons. First and foremost of these is the simple fact that, unlike far too many independent films that concern themselves with self-absorbed characters given to excessive navel-gazing, "Human Resources" is actually about something concrete, adult and exterior to the protagonist's personal angst. In positing the story of a prodigal son who returns home to take a managerial position in the factory where his father is a lowly as...

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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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