Column | Jan 14, 2015 | 10:00 PM
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Story | May 21, 2015 | 9:40 AMLoosely based on a real-life incident employed effectively by the filmmakers as a last-act plot twist, Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov's "The Lesson" is a spare, stripped-to-essentials drama about economic stress and mounting desperation that should resonate with a wide range of international audiences. The naturalistic style of the storytelling is stealthily enthralling, as is the lead performance by Margita Gosheva as a provincial Bulgarian schoolteacher who is slowly, inexorably driven to the edge by crushing debt. It may seem counterintuitive to suggest a no-frills film this bleak might have surprising commercial potential, but respectful reviews and, more important, appreciative word of mouth by ticketbuyers who empathize with Gosheva's character could stoke attendance for this potent "Lesson."
Column | Jan 8, 2015 | 5:00 PM
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Story | Oct 9, 2014 | 6:30 PM
A record 83 countries have submitted films for consideration in the foreign-language film category for the 87th Academy Awards. That easily tops record 76 that were under consideration last year. The entries include four first-timers: Kosovo, Malta,...