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Leslie Camhi

Leslie Camhi
Leslie Camhi's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): L.A. Weekly, Village Voice

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
80% Il Grido (The Cry) (1957) The camera's spare, stunning compositions and the tone of loss and disaffection anticipate Antonioni's later, brilliant explorations of bourgeois anomie. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 31, 2007
88% The Cave of the Yellow Dog (Die Hohle des gelben Hundes) (2005) At times the film's Buddhist lessons feel a bit forced, but the naturalistic performances Davaa has coaxed from a real-life Mongolian family, and her intimate understanding of their culture and values, give this sensitive portrayal its heft. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 7, 2006
98% The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu) (1939) If you think you know it, see it again for its newly rediscovered depth of field, and even more, for its infinite wellsprings of character and empathy. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 31, 2006
87% Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2006) Julia Jentsch gives a brilliantly nuanced performance as Sophie, a fun-loving girl who likes marmalade and Schubert but also happens to be a rare beacon of conscience in totalitarianism's dark night. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 14, 2006
71% My Name Was Sabina Spielrein (2002) This evocative film is a poignant testament to the twin forces of love (however blighted) and the unconscious. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 28, 2005
88% Touch The Sound (2004) It's rare that a documentary conveys an artist's worldview so compellingly, but then Glennie is no ordinary musician. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 6, 2005
70% Wall (Mur) (2004) Disturbing and compelling. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 23, 2005
84% De zaak Alzheimer (The Memory of a Killer) (2005) Van Looy has created a fast-paced and stylish thriller. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 23, 2005
71% The Great Water (2005) Despite the choppy script and cartoonishly bad villains, what emerges is a compelling tale of the moral compromises a corrupt system demands of even its most unwilling participants. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 14, 2005
89% Caterina in the Big City (2003) Pitch-perfect performances and a light-handed but razor-sharp script keep this satire brisk and biting. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 31, 2005
100% The Two of Us (Le vieil homme et l'enfant) (1967) Some may find Berri's portrait of provincial France and its prejudices too loving, but it has the ring of a truth that escapes ideologies. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 24, 2005
75% Another Road Home (2004) [A] moving film. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 26, 2005
57% David Hockney: The Color of Music (2005) This delightfully sensual documentary gets inside the artist's creative process while also treating viewers to glorious music by the likes of Wagner and Satie. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 5, 2005
80% In Satmar Custody (2005) Chilling and thoroughly engrossing. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 5, 2005
61% Nina's Tragedies (2005) With improbable charm, Gabizon knits it all together, his characters' sexual obsessions and earthiness tempered by a soulful melancholy. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 22, 2005
72% Walk on Water (2005) The complex questions Walk on Water raises receive only confused answers. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 3, 2005
84% L' Ora di Religione (Il Sorriso di Mia Madre) (The Religion Hour) (My Mother's Smile) (2002) Uncannily beautiful and deeply humanist. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 8, 2005
80% The Keys to the House (2004) Amelio's camera captures with subtlety and without sentimentality the state of mind of a parent for whom every child running freely in the park is a painful reminder of another's limitations. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 21, 2004
0% Whore (2004) The subjects can be amusing, chilling, or tragic -- but in the end, they offer few surprises. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 14, 2004
100% The Deserted Station (2003) Hardcore Kiarostami devotees may miss the master's harsher clarity, but Hatami, best known for her starring role in Dariush Mehrjui's Leila, makes her character's inner transformation both subtle and palpable. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 30, 2004
29% Noel (2004) Most of the redemptive notes ring false, as does the mythical Manhattan, where the snow is just too clean and everybody lives around the corner. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 9, 2004
76% Being Julia (2004) Bening's comic gifts make the most of Ronald Harwood's witty screenplay. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 12, 2004
71% Incantato (Il Cuore Altrove) (The Heart Is Elsewhere) (2003) If you can suspend your disbelief regarding Nello's naïveté, this film offers some quiet pleasures. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 21, 2004
51% Vanity Fair (2004) The pacing feels choppy, and the characters' emotions are sometimes too sudden to be believable. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 31, 2004
73% Almost Peaceful (2004) Deville has managed to preserve the work's great virtues -- the intimacy, discretion, grace, and humor with which it speaks of both irredeemable disaster and the taste for life that survives it. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 17, 2004
45% Nicotina (2004) What does it mean? Not all that much, really -- just a pleasurable hour and a half passing, like an extended cigarette break. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 17, 2004
75% Arven (The Inheritance) (2004) In the end, there's little left in that sad, cold figure at the head of the firm to compel our empathy or compassion. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 6, 2004
69% Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (2004) It also seems, like Shlomi himself, a bit naive and formless. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 29, 2004
No Score Yet The Junction (2004) Looks beyond the current wave of violence, to its roots in a culture of tragedy and denial. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 11, 2004
94% The Story of the Weeping Camel (2004) Beyond its rare visions of remote vistas, Camel's great charm lies in its seeming simplicity. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 23, 2004
73% Yves St. Laurent: His Life and Times (2004) A family feeling pervades this intimate documentary, which follows three months of creation for a single season's collection (Winter 2001), from the first drawings to the last finished garment. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 6, 2004
86% Children of Love (2003) The film's striking realism makes you feel you're gaping at a car wreck. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 23, 2003
85% Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (Monsieur Ibrahim) (2003) Unusual in its ambition to pose deep spiritual questions, but its enticing surfaces ... are the best thing about it. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 2, 2003
93% My Architect (2004) A bracing, bittersweet testament of filial love mixed with pain and compassion. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 11, 2003
39% The Singing Detective (2003) The problems come in the shadow world, where everything's a jumble, where Dark's compositional strategy ('all clues and no solutions') eventually becomes wearing, and Gordon's direction can't hold it all together. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 21, 2003
58% Passionada (2003) The clash between Ireland's art house aspirations and the obviousness of his choices ... is grating. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 9, 2003
73% Taking Sides: Le cas Furtwängler (2003) Flawed but fascinating. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 2, 2003
21% Dust (2003) In reaching for a cubist style of storytelling, [Manchevski] sacrifices character and motivation. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 19, 2003
45% Lucia, Lucia (2003) Even as the story of one woman's midlife crisis, it's a bit lightweight. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 22, 2003
40% As Três Marias (2002) [Abranches is] so focused on creating a strikingly mannerist visual style that he forgets to flesh out his plot and characters. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 27, 2003
51% Hafið (The Sea) (Havet) (2002) Kormákur is at his best with dark, raw humor. When he reaches for tragedy, his film feels predictable. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 13, 2003
92% Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII (2001) Slesin's film is a profound meditation on the resilience of children -- their ability to take sustenance from whatever love is available -- and on the persistent presence of the child hidden within each grown-up. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 13, 2003
63% Foreign Sister (Ahot Zara) (2003) Offers an incisive glimpse into one woman's inner transformation -- her secret sense of loss in the midst of plenty and her sudden perception of a world of suffering lying just beyond her home. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 25, 2003
85% Chaos (2003) Fast-paced feminist thriller and witty black comedy. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 28, 2003
40% The Jimmy Show (2001) There's an admirable rigor to Jimmy's relentless anger, and to the script's refusal of a happy ending, but as those monologues stretch on and on, you realize there's no place for this story to go but down. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 10, 2002
91% Pellet (2000) At once subtle and visceral, the film never succumbs to the trap of the maudlin or tearful, offering instead with its unflinching gaze a measure of faith in the future. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 10, 2002
68% The Grey Zone (2002) Re-creating Auschwitz somehow domesticates it; the smokestacks look like pieces from an infernal Monopoly board, while the extras appear suspiciously well-fed. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 15, 2002
43% Les enfants du siècle (The Children of the Century) (1999) Juliette Binoche's Sand is vivacious, but it's hard to sense that powerhouse of 19th-century prose behind her childlike smile. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 10, 2002
92% Betty Fisher and Other Stories (2002) Miller makes the film's sometimes mechanical and giddy narrative into something grander -- a meditation on maternity as a form of inspired madness. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 10, 2002
60% Little Secrets (2002) Treu scores his finest points off the little kids' unfailing cuteness, but the film's broad performances and heavy-handed moralizing strike a note of condescension. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 20, 2002