The monumental 10-hour film by the late Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski is a collection of short stories, each related to one of the Ten Commandments while centering around a point of moral crisis - a towering work of humane pessimism.
Much of this Iranian film (and Oscar nominee) by Majid Majidi is stiffly acted and awkwardly subtitled, but when the dramatic crunch comes Majidi’s gaze is steady and sure. Unfortunately, getting there is a gooey sentimental trip.
Director Valerie Breiman’s blow-by-blow coverage of two goofballs in love very nearly wears out its welcome. What keeps it from being cloying are two underrated performers, Famke Janssen and Jon Favreau, who play up their strengths from a position of weakness.
André Téchiné’s intelligent movie stumbles over its own knowingness. It’s an example of a now-familiar French film genre, the elliptical chamber piece, but too much happens to too little effect and the melodramatic bits don’t mesh with the slice-of-life parts with Juliette Binoche.