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Брат (Brother): A Foreign Film Review

Background The film Брат, or Brother, is a Russian crime drama that follows the life of Danila Bagrov, an ex-conscript who finds himself involved with the St. Petersburg mob. Directed by Aleksei Balabanov, the film released in 1997 at the Cannes Film Festival. It was recognized in the section ‘Un Certain Regard’, which spotlights unorthodox storylines seeking international …

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La Planete Sauvage: A Foreign Film Review

Psychedelic animation, a jazz-laden soundtrack, and a thought-provoking plot. The film ‘La Planete Sauvage’ or ‘Fantastic Planet’ is one of the most interesting films I have ever encountered. On the surface, it is a story of giant alien-like creatures, Draags, and small human-like creatures, Oms. The two species live together in constant conflict on a planet called Ygam. …

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