RiverRun Film Festival Coverage 2009
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'I Sell the Dead' (U.S.; Director: Glenn McQuaid) - Critic's Pick
Gleefully macabre horror comedy about two 18th century graverobbers who begin to encounter undead corpses and discover a previously untapped market in transporting reanimated corpses. Well done on all fronts, with a "Dawn of the Dead" meets "Death Becomes Her" vibe. Highly entertaining. Screenings: 11:30 p.m. Friday, The Garage; 9 p.m. Saturday, The Garage (3 stars out of four)
Like some kind of Estonian Michael Moore, Yury Khashchavatski takes us on a behind the scenes tour of political life in Belarus under dictator Alexander Lukashenko. Using wry, tongue-in-cheek narration and interviews with both Lukashenko supporters (mostly poor villagers whose only news come from state-issued, one-station radios) and his detractors, "Kalinovski Square" gives us a rare, intimate look at life in a totalitarian state. Screenings: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, UNCSA Gold; 4 p.m. Friday, Reynolda House; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Reynolda House (3 stars out of 4)
'Shall We Kiss?' (France; Director: Emmanuel Mouret) - Critic's Pick
Clever, entertaining French romantic comedy about a couple who meet, but the woman refuses to kiss him, relating a strange romantic tale of two best friends who fall in love and try to find ways of leaving their significant others without hurting them. No one does romance like the French, and "Shall We Kiss" is a beautiful, swoon-worthy truffle. Screenings: 7 p.m. Sunday, UNCSA Main; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, UNCSA Gold (3 stars out of 4)
Beautifully simple story about two young sisters who are left with an uncaring, alcoholic aunt while their mother goes off to search for their deadbeat father. Finding themselves abandoned twice, the girls have to make a living on their own, trying desperately to do all they can to bring their mother back. An enchanting piece of realism as seen through the eyes of children in the face of great hardship. Screenings: 10 a.m. Thursday, UNCSA Babcock; 4:30 p.m. Friday, UNCSA Gold; 12:30 p.m. Saturday, UNCSA Babcock (3.5 stars out of 4)