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Story | Oct 13, 2014 | 4:53 PMLOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - How do you solve a problem like "Serena"? That, at least, is the question industry watchers have been asking about Danish helmer Susanne Bier's mysteriously withheld American feature -- which, despite wrapping in 2012 with the enticing star duo of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, has sat on the shelf ever since. With the film finally out in the open, the question is no easier to answer: An arrestingly nihilistic Depression melodrama, marked by courageous performances and exquisite production values, this story of a timber-industry power couple undone by financial and personal corruption nonetheless boasts neither a narrative impetus nor a perceptible objective. The result is both problematic and fascinating, an unsympathetic spiral of human tragedy that plays a little like a hand-me-down folk ballad put to film. It's not hard to see why a U.S. distributor has been slow to step forward.
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LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Now in its 13th year, the San Diego Film Festival, produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, describes itself as "5 Days. 100+ Film Screenings. 2 Film Villages: Gaslamp Quarter & La Jolla" -- a slogan that aptly reflects the...