Reviews from 03/2012

Heartbreaker

reviewed by Ryan Mooney on 7 March 2012

Romain Duris is a celebrated actor in his native France and a recognized face in world cinema. He’s young, charismatic, and versatile — attributes that make him an ideal candidate for crossover success — so why is he largely unknown to American moviegoers? Unfortunately, Duris is working against a Hollywood system that insists on recycling its male stars. Although two of his past films — L’Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment) and The Beat That My Heart Skipped — were critically praised and had success in their limited American releases, he hasn’t really had…Read

13 Conversations about One Thing

reviewed by Mark Sells on 7 March 2012

Ask yourself if you're really happy and you might be surprised at what you find. Ask several people at various points in their lives and you will get the premise behind 13 Conversations, a film that depicts the lives of five different individuals and their quest to find and comprehend the meaning of happiness.

We first get a glimpse of Walker's life, a physics professor whose life has been disrupted by an assault. But his wife, Patricia, seems more concerned than he is. At the dinner table, the two can barely exchange a word. The whole…Read