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Film Review: ‘Natasha’

7 May 2017 12:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Were it not for several compelling distinguishing features, you could suggest that “Natasha,” the sophomore film from award-winning author David Bezmogis, is a familiar tale: A young man experiences a painful coming of age when a more worldly female enters his life. But a pair of rich central performances, an authentic eye for its second-generation immigrant milieu and a novelist’s comfort with ambiguity allow “Natasha” to modestly transcend its overpopulated genre.

The more sensationalist aspects of the story — the boy is 16, the girl just 14, and though not blood relatives, they are cousins — are dialed down to a dull roar of unease that rumbles beneath the placid, flat-lit suburban surface. And both the source of this unease, the eponymous Natasha, embodied with sulky, animal intensity by newcomer Sasha K. Gordon, and its sounding board, Mark, played by Alex Ozerov, are performed with such commitment that even at its moments of maximum elusiveness, »

- Jessica Kiang

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It's Only the End of the World and Operation Avalanche recognized among the 2017 Canadian Screen Award Nominations

17 January 2017 11:50 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

It's Only the End of the World and Operation Avalanche recognized among the 2017 Canadian Screen Award NominationsIt's Only the End of the World and Operation Avalanche recognized among the 2017 Canadian Screen Award NominationsAdriana Floridia1/17/2017 2:50:00 Pm

This morning the Canadian Screen Awards announced their 2017 nominations, recognizing the best of last year's Canadian films.

The awards are given out by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. This year's nominees boast a diverse line up of films that tell stories not just in English and French, but also Mandarin, Atikamekw and Inuktiut.

The most high-profile of the bunch would have to be Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World, which is a likely contender at the Oscars this year in the Best Foreign Language Film category. It made the shortlist of nine films that will be considered at the Oscars, which also includes Germany's Toni Erdmann and Chile's Neruda. »

- Adriana Floridia

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