Story | Jul 31, 2009 | 3:51 PM
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Story | Aug 31, 2014 | 8:30 AM"Old farts' gatherings don't interest the young," muses one of five reunited friends in Laurent Cantet's tragicomic character study "Return to Ithaca." It's debatable, however, whether more seasoned viewers will be much more compelled by this thoughtful but rather lethargic examination of dreams deferred and relationships interrupted in politically fragile Cuba. Taking place over one balmy Havana evening and barely leaving the city-center roof terrace where the bittersweet, middle-aged get-together is being held, whose personal histories take the film's entire duration to assemble. A letdown from the Frenchman following the imperfect daring of 2012's English-language debut "Foxfire," "Ithaca" should nonetheless secure select arthouse distribution.
Story | Mar 6, 2009
The Class, an Oscar-nominated French film about a Paris middle school, should be required viewing for anybody considering a career in teaching. The problems seen here — class time wasted on discipline; parents in denial; frustrated teachers —...