A Working Artist Shows Up for Her Passion: Kelly Reichardt on Gentle New Character Study Balancing Life, Creative Demands

Filmmaker Kelly Reichardt—whose three-decade career as an independent filmmaker specializing in spare, minimalist excursions—is an artist freed from American commercial sensibilities; a nonconformist favoring nuance over plot and ambiguity over resolution.  In pictures like Wendy and Lucy, about a young homeless woman searching for…

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Immigrant Youth in Peril: The Dardennes’ Tori and Lokita Charts Harrowing Undocumented Exploitation

Two-time Cannes winning Belgian filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are firmly renowned, with legendary predecessor Ken Loach, as international cinema’s foremost chroniclers of social realist hard knocks. Their pictures—frequently about hardscrabble disenfranchisement, ethical quandaries in the face of limited options and social hierarchies…

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