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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Race Out and Rent

Posted By on March 3, 2009, 10:38 AM

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Truth be told, there's not anything exactly worth "racing out" and renting today. The grandiose but flawed Australia almost certainly works better on a big screen, and there's plenty of more worthy kid stuff than Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

If anything fits the bill, it's the French drama I've Loved You So Long -- but more for a single performance than for the entirety of the film. Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient) plays Juliette, a woman trying to readjust to society after a long prison stint for a crime that's only gradually revealed. The focus is on her relationship with her sister Lea (Elsa Zylberstein), who takes her in, but the appeal here is the impressive way that Thomas makes Juliette's enigmatic blank face emotionally compelling. The ending gets more than a bit melodramatic, but Thomas provides a wonderful case study in what restrained acting looks like.


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Scott Renshaw

Scott Renshaw

Scott Renshaw has been a City Weekly staff member since 1999, including assuming the role of primary film critic in 2001 and Arts & Entertainment Editor in 2003. Scott has covered the Sundance Film Festival for 25 years, and provided coverage of local arts including theater, pop-culture conventions, comedy, literature,... more

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