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  •  FESTIVAL: NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL






     

    Festival articles


    Reviews:



      

    21 Grams

    "21 Grams," from the director of "Amores Perros," is one of 2003's finest films — a dizzyingly diced up and masterfully acted story about the precious agony of life.



      

    Barbarian Invasions

    Denys Arcand revisits the once-young hedonists of "Decline of the American Empire" under the glare of reality 17 years later.



      

    Crimson Gold

    How much does it take to push someone to the point of no return? Iran is th is film's setting, but given the right amount of economic injustice and personal insult, almost anyone anywhere can turn volatile.



      

    Dogville

    Lars von Trier's fable — controversial because of its perceived anti-American overtones — is actually an angry indictment of bourgeois society if not all mankind.



      

    Elephant

    Scenes from an ordinary American high school are the backdrop for a school massacre story in Gus Van Sant's skilled but unsatisfying film.



      

    The Flower of Evil

    Claude Chabrol pushes his luck with an overly wordy account of family intrigue.



      

    The Fog of War

    Errol Morris's documentary gives Vietnam War architect Robert McNamara a chance to explain how he went wrong, in a fascinating and important personal exploration that turns out more complex than the former defense secretary could have expected.



      

    Mystic River

    A skillfully made, powerfully acted but naggingly disappointing mystery which makes the most of its human drama but squanders its carefully built-up intrigue with a partly trivial ending.



      

    Raja

    This story of a dissolute Frenchman who uses his money to exploit desperately poor Moroccan girls is upsetting because it pretends to be about love.



      

    S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine

    The jaw-dropping documentary "S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine" unearths the ordinary prison officers responsible for torture and murder in one of Cambodia's most sinister political prisons.

    OCTOBER 3, 2003
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