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The Dangerous World of Jean-Paul Belmondo
AFS explores the action star beyond Breathless
Screens Story  July 5, 2018, by Josh Kupecki
"...The series pairs both Belmondo's arthouse classics with his time as one of the premier action stars of the time, and it kicks off with the initial salvo of the Nouvelle Vague (shh, don't tell Jean Cocteau), Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless. Whole forests have suffered from the amount of ink and paper used to discuss this seminal film, and rightly so..."

When Brendan Met Trudy
Irish novelist Roddy Doyle is perhaps one of the luckiest authors working today. Beginning with The Commitments in 1991, he's had three of his already popular (and populist) novels brought...
Film Review  May 11, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...McDonald plays Brendan, a shy, reserved Dublin schoolteacher who spends his days absently teaching English to the sort of boisterous soccer-hooligans-to-be who seem to exclusively populate Brit and Irish films since time immemorial and his nights devouring all things cinema. Both his schoolroom and his flat are decked out with posters from A Bout de Souffle -- Breathless -- and the look on his mother's face when his Christmas gift to her is a Godard biography (“It's different from last year's,” he tells her) says it all..."

From the Journals of Jean Seberg
French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard supposedly described film history as a history of boys photographing girls. For American actress Jean Seberg -- herself one of the girls photographed by...
Film Review  June 21, 1996, by Alison Macor
"...French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard supposedly described film history as a history of boys photographing girls. For American actress Jean Seberg -- herself one of the girls photographed by boys like Godard in his film Breathless -- this history proved fatal, resulting in a career that had more stops than starts and a sense of self ground to nothingness by the time of her death, an apparent suicide, in 1979 at the age of 40..."

A shady cop searches for his kidnapped son
Film Review  January 20, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The usually charismatic Foxx exudes little of his usual snap, and Gabrielle Union as his character’s ex-wife has little to do but hold a phone receiver and berate Vincent over the whereabouts of their son. The 95 minutes it takes for this sleepless night to unfold onscreen feel tedious rather than breathless..."

A most dangerous game in the desert
Film Review  October 14, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...That’s it, really, although Cuarón’s cinematographer, Damian Garcia, does a downright painterly job of portraying the high desert as a place of both indifferent death and otherworldly vistas. That’s not surprising – Cuarón’s last feature film gig was penning the breathless outer space epic Gravity for his brother Alfonso, who directed – but here the story is very much pulled back down to Earth..."

Listen to Me Marlon
Marlon Brando, in his own words, is nothing short of transcendent
Film Review  August 21, 2015, by Steve Davis
"...It also chronicles his turbulent personal life, one marked by messy relationships, an obsessive need for privacy, and bitter tragedy in the form of his son Christian’s conviction for murder and his daughter Cheyenne’s subsequent suicide. But it’s the private, confessional Brando (particularly in the self-hypnosis tapes he made late in life) that will leave you nearly breathless..."

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Katniss Everdeen goes from Hunger Games victor to emblem of the revolution
Film Review  November 21, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...Audiences have a long year to wait for Part 2. Would it not have been better to leave them breathless than heaving a sigh?..."

50 to 1
The Kentucky Derby-winning horse Mine That Bird sprints to glory in this equine biopic.
Film Review  April 11, 2014, by Steve Davis
"...Anyone who watched the 2009 Kentucky Derby remembers the rush of watching the long-shot contender, Mine That Bird, start dead last and finish first in a breathless, come-from-behind upset you thought could only happen in the movies. The victory was so unexpected that the network sports announcer didn’t realize the figurative dark horse had taken a significant lead in the home stretch until a few seconds before the race ended..."

The Bourne Legacy
This franchise reboot doesn't reinvent Bourne, but it does revive it to great effect.
Film Review  August 10, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...More significantly, it puts Renner and Weisz in the same frame, and that’s when the picture starts to zing. The hero is humanized, the film finds its focus, and the action – breathless, savage, and exquisitely staged – matters because the film has finally produced characters worth worrying over..."

Marvel Comics' muscle-bound mook with delusions of demi-godhood is well-played by Chris Hemsworth.
Film Review  May 6, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...The Destroyer: WTF? Discuss. Thor moves at a breathless pace, taking zero time for anything resembling the endearingly nuanced romance between, oh, I dunno, Spider-Man and Mary Jane..."

Piranha 3D
Finally, 3-D is being put to its optimum use. Who cares how it holds up as a remake?
Film Review  August 27, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...If you're going to fault Aja's manic take on Corman's old terror-tory at all, you might say it's too much of a good (or bad, depending on your gag reflex) thing. The effects work by latex legends Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero is wickedly gruesome – I suppose you haven't lived until you've seen a prehistoric fish regurgitate a gnawed-off male member – and the pace is appropriately breathless..."

Green Zone
With Matt Damon's Bourne director at the helm, the actor plays an officer in Iraq who's mystified by why he's unable to uncover any WMDs.
Film Review  March 19, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...Everything was a lie, and suddenly, everyone was dying – literally, morally, spiritually – and it all went wrong. British director Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum), working from a breathless and fine script by Brian Helgeland (Mystic River) based on Rajiv Chandrasekaran's equally riveting book Imperial Life in the Emerald City, posits the immediate and fruitless search for WMD as an exercise in 120-degree, sun-drenched neo-noir, with Damon's Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller as first a pawn and then a dogged seeker of the truth..."

An L.A. apartment building is quarantined in this new horror film, and a news crew's videotape may be the only proof of the strange goings-on.
Film Review  October 17, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...Yikes. For all its hyperkinetic camerawork and Carpenter's breathless, panic-attacky hysterics (and some unnervingly realistic gore effects), Quarantine is a one-note nightmare, nicely pitched to the high-C howls of the bitten and the biters but offering considerably less froth than last year's The Signal, which mined similar nightmares with far more fulsome results...."

Turistas is a surprisingly effective horror film with good acting and some breathless action.
Film Review  December 1, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...Turistas is being tagged as a down-market version of Eli Roth's Hostel, but that's lazy criticism and obscures the fact that, if anything, this is the more compelling film, commingling as it does echoes of everything from Ruggero Deodato and Umberto Lenzi's ultrarealistic green hell horrors, the spelunking aspects of The Descent, and Marino Girolami's scalpel-happy Cannibal Holocaust aka Doctor Butcher, M.D. Very believably acted throughout and featuring a literally breathless underwater sequence of cat-and-mouse, Turistas is, surprising, given its lousy marketing campaign and thankless release date, a solidly visceral piece of work..."

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
I’ve always assumed that any film that opens with the line, "Get off the babysitter … Daddy’s home," must have something going for it, but Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, which...
Film Review  June 27, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...A less cohesive action-comedy than its predecessor, Full Throttle is instead a freewheeling collection of random action sequences strung together with little or no discernible rhyme or reason. You can clearly see the writers (John August, Cormac Wibberley, and Marianne Wibberley) struggling to come up with one breathless bit of badassery after another, with the end result being a witless, tiring mishmash of things that go boom, boom, boom in the night: It’s like a rave with a drunken DJ who just can't seem to get the beats to match..."

Crop Circles: Quest for Truth
Timed to coincide with the similarly themed M. Night Shyamalan film Signs, this exhaustive (and exhausting) look at the peculiarly British phenomenon of crop circles -- those tamped-down geometric patterns...
Film Review  September 6, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...(In 1999, the BBC held its own pseudo-scientific investigation, the centerpiece of which was a young kid tramping through a field with a flat board attached to his feet who managed to come up with some nifty faux-circles of his own. So much for alien intervention.) Gazecki, who scored an Oscar nomination for his documentary Waco: The Rules of Engagement in 1997, clearly knows his stuff when it comes to ley-lines, ancient Celtic peoples, and the various and sundry oddball personages that make up the backbone of crop-circle researchers, but for all its breathless excitement and earnest believers, Crop Circles comes off as less a “quest for truth” than an extended example of preaching to the converted..."

The Perfect Storm
Summer has now officially arrived, and with it, the first real summer movie of the new millennium. The Perfect Storm is nearly a perfect film, from its bold and epic...
Film Review  June 30, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...Summer has now officially arrived, and with it, the first real summer movie of the new millennium. The Perfect Storm is nearly a perfect film, from its bold and epic man-vs.-nature conflict to the breathless scripting, editing, acting, and direction..."

Mission: Impossible Two
Your opinion on this John Woo-helmed sequel is going to depend on whichever camp you found yourself in following the 1996 original, which legendarily divided audiences straight down the middle....
Film Review  May 26, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...It hardly matters, though, when you have Cruise and Scott trading body blows atop growling motorcycles, dueling at 80kmph atop an Australian clifftop, while the fate of the free world hangs in the balance yet again. As pure a summer popcorn overdose as you're likely to find, M:i-2 is breezy, breathless, brainless fun, falling just short of Woo's own Face/Off but head and shoulders above anything else out there just now...."

Mrs. Dalloway
Cinematic soporific for the cynically reclined. Unalliteratively, it's a snooze. Adapted with an eye toward ennui by Eileen Atkins (from Virginia Woolf's 1925 novel) and directed with all the radiant...
Film Review  March 27, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...Adapted with an eye toward ennui by Eileen Atkins (from Virginia Woolf's 1925 novel) and directed with all the radiant flair of a soggy scone by Academy Award winner Gorris (Antonia's Line), Mrs. Dalloway transforms one of the masterpieces of 20th-century literature into a rambling series of misfires and who-gives-a-damn subplots that eviscerates the source material's breathless interior monologues and radiant prose..."

Kiss Or Kill
A punchy, clever film noir from Australian director Bennett, Kiss or Kill spins a new twist on the age-old cliché of grifter lovers on the lam. Nikki (O'Connor) and Al...
Film Review  November 28, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...Day plays Al relatively straight, acting as the conscience and moral center (what there is of it) of the pair. The remarkable thing about Kiss or Kill -- and the reason that such a cliché-ridden set-up seems so fresh -- is Bennett and cinematographer Malcolm McCulloch's breathlessly nontraditional pacing and editing techniques..."

For Ever Mozart
Most days, if asked to name the most important filmmaker in the history of cinema, my answer would be Jean-Luc Godard … of course. Now that I have had the...
Film Review  October 10, 1997, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...T4 this is not. Nor will For Ever Mozart leave you Breathless...."

Operation Condor
Jackie Chan as Indiana Jones, sans bullwhip. This 1991 Chan opus (Armour of God II: Operation Condor), repackaged with a new score, better dubbing (Chan does Chan, natch), and some...
Film Review  July 25, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...Chan's style of filmmaking has more to do with the old Mack Sennett two-reelers than it does with modern feature filmmaking, although in this particular case it owes just as much to the Spielberg/Lucas camp, and, in particular, the Indiana Jones series. Silly, action-filled fun, with breathless pacing and the occasional bare bottom..."

Cats Don't Dance
Hooray for Hollywood on Hollywood! The Dream Factory has long loved turning the camera on itself, mythologizing and mocking the way it makes movies, and lucky for us it has....
Film Review  April 4, 1997, by Robert Faires
" this Tinseltown tradition, and it's another delight. Cats Don't Dance is an inspired movie movie, one that celebrates and spoofs cinema with wit, verve, and a breathless enthusiasm for the form..."

The Cat
Not since Jackie Chan's outlandish escapades in City Hunter has there been a Hong Kong action film as resolutely goofy as this one. Lee is a noted author of UFO...
Film Review  October 28, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...Despite the genuinely ludicrous story here, The Cat is oddly appealing in a surreal sort of way. Like so many other Hong Kong fantasy films of late, The Cat moves at a breathless pace, with action that's so far over the top it makes your head spin..."

Full Contact
While it may lack the self-assured, stylistic integrity of John Woo's films, this recent Hong Kong import more than makes up for it in its unabashedly frenzied pacing and its...
Film Review  May 7, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...Despite the obvious comparisons to Woo's films, Full Contact survives on its own gritty merits. It's a down-and-dirty little actioneer that leaves you squirming, breathless in your seat...."

Ethan Frome
Based upon the novel of forbidden passion and despair in the grim, frostbitten rural life of 19th-century New England, the cinematic version of Ethan Frome translates as a rather hollow...
Film Review  April 23, 1993, by Pamela Bruce
"...On the plus side, however, the principal performers are engaging despite these limitations. Allen is great as the miserably prim, drawn Zeena, and the romantic chemistry between Neeson and Arquette's characters creates a palpable sexual tension which lends a sense of breathless anticipation..."

Police Story Iii: Supercop
Forget Steven Seagal, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris (especially Chuck Norris). Hong Kong's Jackie Chan is now and forevermore the indisputable king of the high-blown, over-the-top actioneers, and in...
Film Review  January 22, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...If you stick through to the end of the credits, the director has thoughtfully tacked on a “gag reel,” that is, stray shots and bloopers of all the stunts that went wrong (the one involving Gi-King and a speeding car windshield looks especially, er, painful). Eee-yowch, this is a rollicking good time that will leave you breathless and exuberant all at the same time: “Oh man, that part where he...”..."

Geek Out!
At an age when most men have resigned themselves to their accomplishments and failures, Godard is still out for blood
Screens Story  December 14, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...This holiday season, DVD distributor Genius Products is releasing a four-disc box set of films that span the great Frenchman's career, from his earliest New Wave breakouts, which announced a bold new presence on the international film scene, to one of his most recent releases, Notre Musique, an experimental three-part meditation on the nature of war. The set opens with Godard's most famous picture, 1960's Breathless, which, by this point, has moved beyond its reputation as a mere revolutionary artistic masterpiece and entered into the rarefied air of the cultural touchstone, where images become part of the collective consciousness..."

The Dreamers
The NC-17 rating is revived for Bertolucci's fervent ode to cinema and the idealism of youth.
Film Review  February 20, 2004, by Kimberley Jones
"...They quickly bond over their shared obsession with cinema, and when Isabelle and Theo’s bohemian parents leave town for several weeks, Matthew moves in. With the Cinémathèque now closed, the three feed their movie love by re-enacting scenes from A Band Apart, Breathless, and Queen Christina (real footage from the films is interwoven with the re-enactments)..."

L.M. Kit Carson: Film Frontiersman
The 2015 Texas Film Awards induct L.M. Kit Carson posthumously into the Texas Film Hall of Fame
Screens Story  March 5, 2015, by Louis Black
"...Speed talker, master planner, inspired hustler, endless self-promoter, creative gremlin, Carson starred in Jim McBride's David Holzman's Diary; helped McBride remake Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless; birthed the USA Film Festival in Dallas; wrote The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 for director Tobe Hooper; co-wrote Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas; mentored directors Guillermo del Toro and Roman Coppola; was involved in countless film projects; and nonchalantly discovered Wes Anderson and those wild Wilson boys, Luke and Owen, as he shepherded Bottle Rocket to the screen. Like any gambler he was always looking for the next high-stakes game, as with any wanderer he was never at home but always just visiting..."

July Is Crime Month: The Crime Blotter, Week 1
A curated guide to unlawful activities around town July 4-8
DAILY Arts  July 4, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Mondo Belmondo: Breathless Another French Revolution was launched when Jean-Luc Godard put a Gallic spin on the Hollywood tale of a crook on the lam and the dame who has the bad luck to fall for him. Jean-Paul Belmondo puts a match to the screen and torches it in the role that made him a star..."

The Quest of Alain Ducasse
Adoring profile of great chef is oddly flavorless.
Film Review  June 22, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...There's none of the stereotypical modern kitchen dictator, but a pleasant, driven sexagenarian who has never tired of what he does. The tone – relentlessly and slavishly hagiographic – is set in a literally breathless introduction narrated by de Maistre, as if making a film is almost a side effect of his own quest to spend two years with the great chef...."

Maze Runner: The Death Cure
YA dystopian trilogy finally comes to a close
Film Review  January 26, 2018, by Kimberley Jones
"...The opening action sequence of Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the third film adaptation of James Dashner’s hit YA series, is such a corker it takes a minute to remember that series star Dylan O’Brien suffered a severe head trauma on set doing a stunt that shut down production for a year. Should we feel bad for delighting in The Death Cure’s breathless action scenes? And what if the action is one of the only things worth cheering here?..."

Beside the Point: What’d You Expect?
On immigration and elsewhere, best to have a plan
News Column  July 27, 2017, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted that the state "banned sanctuary cities to stop this." The Travis County GOP issued a breathless statement accusing "Sanctuary Sally" of "needlessly" endangering the public by "outrageously" releasing Mendoza-Cabal­lero into the public...."

R.I.P. Jimmy LaFave
Songwriter passes days after legendary performance
DAILY Music  May 22, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...“I did bring my oxygen machine,” LaFave offered that night. “I’m not worried about being breathless from the cancer..."

Playback – Now Hiring: Austin Music Office
Austin’s top governmental job in music is up for grabs
Music Column  April 27, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"..."I did bring my oxygen machine," chuckled Jimmy LaFave in concert Friday at Threadgill's. "I'm not worried about being breathless from the cancer..."

A bitter-sweet romance in the aftermath of WWI
Film Review  April 7, 2017, by Josh Kupecki
"...Using this moment in history, Ozon has made a quietly powerful film whose ultimate message is one of rebirth. The final shot will leave you breathless...."

Hello, My Name Is Doris
Sally Field is spectacular in this gently lovesick and funny dramedy
Film Review  March 18, 2016, by Steve Davis
"...It’s hard to believe this actress began her career as an industry joke: a boy-crazy surfer; a flying nun; the girl with something extra. Luckily, something miraculous happened when she found parts requiring more than a perky smile, leaving us breathless in performances that eradicated all memory of Gidget and Sister Bertrille..."

Ip Man 3
Donnie Yen returns as the grandmaster who taught Bruce Lee his moves
Film Review  January 22, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...Far more affecting for followers of the Ip Man storyline is the fact that Ip’s beloved wife Cheung Wing-sing (Xiong) is stricken by cancer. Amidst the brawls and standoffs – in particular a breathless, close-quarters skirmish in an elevator against Muay Thai fighter Sarut Khanwilai – Yen and Hung raise some powerful, atypical-for-the-genre emotional stakes in the face of Mrs..."

Pledge Your Allegiance
Austin Film Society lets two iconic filmmakers square off in its new series
Screens Story  December 27, 2013, by Kimberley Jones and Marc Savlov
"...Breathless, released in March 1960, shattered the preexisting template for narrative filmmaking while still keeping a loose grip on Hollywood's iconic gangster/moll iconography. Jean-Paul Belmondo's sexy-thuggish Michel and a pixified and pixelated Jean Seberg as his American girlfriend are archetypes, but Godard's hypnotically spastic editing and subversive use of the camera eye marked a caustically gorgeous subversion of the Hollywood rule book, and everything changed...."

Small Black
Limits of Desire (Jagjaguwar)
Music Story  November 8, 2013, by Doug Freeman
"...While the Brooklyn quartet's sophomore effort proves lustrously polished and the rhythms more pronounced, it still treads in lukewarm waters that lull comfortably numb. The relentless yearning in its dreamlike electronic haze and the breathless sighs of Josh Kolenik works well to a point, seducing on opener "Free at Dawn" and "Canoe," yet never moves forward, the compelling Eighties glaze washing from one song to the next and ultimately settling into a decompression tank that strips all sensory stimulation..."

Taken 2
The action in this Liam Neeson thriller is frenetic and frequent, and keeps him in constant MacGyver mode.
Film Review  October 5, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...Much running and leaping across the rooftops of Istanbul follows, as does a nifty and prolonged car chase through that city's donkey-cart-narrow avenues. It may lack the precision of a Bourne movie, but Taken 2 scores points for both its breathless pacing and the key moral quandary at the heart of the story: the fact that Neeson's ex-spy and Serbedzija's anguished and vengeful father aren't, when you get right down to it, ethically that far apart..."

Crackerjack thrills, time travel, violence, humor, and action: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis are characters who share the same morally conflicted core.
Film Review  September 28, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Looper makes a full-meal entertainment out of piecemealing genres: It boasts the kicky mental gymnastics that come with time-travel terrain, the relentless rapid heart rate of a crackerjack thriller, and the bursts of extreme violence, buttressed with black humor, of a modern actioner. (In a neat feat, Johnson concocts an ingenious set-piece that is at once entirely bloodless and god-awfully gruesome.) But all that breathless running and shooting and rocketing between past and future is just dressing for what is – at its anguished, morally complicated core – a blistering portrayal of the cycle of neglect..."

Portrait of Wally
UT film professor Andrew Shea’s documentary is an engrossing account of how this Egon Schiele painting changed hands over the years.
Film Review  September 7, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...For such a winding, research-heavy piece, Portrait of Wally moves at a brisk clip, with Gary Lionelli’s agitated score lending the film the breathless quality of a police procedural. As with any detective story, certain plot threads are cut for the sake of the bigger picture; curiously, it’s the artist himself who is reduced to an afterthought (his biography is largely confined to the film’s postscript)..."

Point Blank
In this frenzied French thriller, a man races to save his wife's life – and then races some more.
Film Review  September 2, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Not since Run Lola Run has running for one’s life (and the life of a loved one) been so literally integral to a film’s momentum and purpose. So breathless is Point Blank that its more preposterous action moments pass by unperturbedly, as any pause to question the incidents would interrupt the pleasure of the movie’s progression...."

Friends With Benefits
This Mila Kunis/Justin Timberlake rom-com is smart enough to decry Hollywood’s romantic clichés but never savvy enough to truly subvert them.
Film Review  July 22, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...native Dylan for a job opening as art director at GQ. Like a rocky first date, the film tries too hard in this early stretch, cramming in breathless banter before we’ve gotten a feel for the characters..."

Fantastic Fest First Wave Films Announced (Finally)
Fantastic Fest 2009, Round One
DAILY Screens  July 13, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...Breathless (dir. YANG Ik-june, 2009, South Korea) Breathless is a foul-mouthed drama that delivers an unlikely mix of pathos, brutality and humor..."

TV Eye
Talented on the inside
Screens Column  April 24, 2009, by Belinda Acosta
"...Silverman is brilliant – understated, effortlessly lovely, and hilarious with incomparable ease. In fact, that's what makes the show so brilliant overall: Everyone is fueled by high-octane ambition, yet no one dares to come off as that breathless, starry-eyed kid from the sticks with a dream..."

Ashes of Time Redux
Dreamlike, confounding, yet possessed of a stunningly complex sensual and narrative poetry, Wong Kar-Wai's Chinese film is absolutely gorgeous.
Film Review  November 7, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...Never given much of a serious stateside release when it first arrived here in 1996, Ashes, ostensibly a period wuxia (literally, "honorable martial arts") movie replete with flashing swordplay, heartbroken assassins, and an eerie desert locale, remains the director's only period action film to date. But Ashes of Time (Redux or the 1994 original) is no more your average wuxia than Godard's Breathless is your average gangster flick..."

This bracingly good Norwegian film is many things at once: portraits of mental illness, obsessive love, the uneasy transition from punk rock youth to “upstanding” adulthood, and fraternal competitiveness.
Film Review  June 27, 2008, by Kimberley Jones
"...(The better to mine material from, right?) Then reality steps in and deals them both a blow: Erik's novel is rejected, while Phillip’s is published to great acclaim – only for a psychotic break to undo him at the height of his success. This stylish, often-frenetic first feature from Norweigan filmmaker Trier (distant cousin to that Danish master of discomfort Lars von Trier) is as auspicious – and breathless – a debut as Reservoir Dogs was for Tarantino; and just as with our American motormouth savant, one senses that Trier has always been the coolest kid in the room … at least in any room that counts..."

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