The movie deserves its Oscar buzz as best foreign film. As with any good artistic experience, moviegoers are transformed as they watch.
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Despite the often-depressing vignettes of the characters' plight, the story is ultimately one of the pride and dignity of the working class.
Soviet filmmakers were often criticized in the West for producing stories sneeringly termed "boy gets tractor, meets girl."
The only uplifting thing in the movie was the IATSE union bug in the last frame.
Co-writer/director Bouchareb explores the unlikely cross-cultural friendship that evolves between the Christian woman and Muslim man.
The sheer wackiness of its anti-Muppets hysteria suggests that Fox News has become a parody of itself - but it represents a powerful political constituency.
"Hugo" and "The Decendants" get two thumbs up. "Melancholia" on the other hand gets two thumbs down.
A Muppets encounter with the Occupy movement might have made for a more interesting reboot of the franchise.
For some filmmakers, the Cold War became a convenient excuse for moronic plotlines, insufferable jingoism, and unapologetically reactionary politics.