ENOUGH! (Djamila Sahraoui, 2006)

An exceptionally fine, leisurely, low-keyed, sensitive and highly intelligent film from Algeria and France, and one that effortlessly surpasses Michael Winterbottom’s A Mighty Heart the year after, Barakat!, the first fictional feature by documentarian Djamila Sahraoui, revolves around a woman’s search for her journalist husband whom fundamentalist militants abduct during the 1990s, when civil war […]

THE CLOWNS (Federico Fellini, 1970)

I clowns, we’ve been told, is “minor Fellini.” Perhaps; however, it is a minor masterpiece. Made for Italian television, with additional support from France and West Germany, Federico Fellini’s phantasmagoric celebration of circus clowns provides, also, a valedictory for them. At the last, the death of a clown signals the loss of childhood, which signals […]