THE TRACKER (Rolf de Heer, 2002)

This protracted arty parable has little of the skill and none of the charm of Ten Canoes (2006), which makes me wonder how much Rolf de Heer’s later film owes to its credited co-director, Peter Djigirr. The Tracker, with its pitifully poor color photography and all-round inept acting (including by David Gulpilil, who won a […]

THE WILD CHILD (François Truffaut, 1969)

If, like me, you enjoy some of the matter of The Miracle Worker (Arthur Penn, 1962) but find its Broadway/Hollywood treatment ridiculously bug-eyed and melodramatic, you may find more rewarding refuge in L’enfant sauvage (best film, French critics), which François Truffaut directed from his and Jean Gruault’s script based on Jean Itard’s Mémoires et rapport […]

BREAD AND TULIPS (Silvio Soldini, 2000)

There aren’t enough good films about middle-aged people, let alone good romantic comedies about them. One of the best, though, is Bread & Tulips (Pane e tulipani), an Italian charmer warmly directed by Silvio Soldini from a script penned by him and Doriana Leondeff. This unhurried, life-embracing piece glows with humanity, and its dreamlike resolution […]