The Little House (Chiisai Ouchi), dir. Yoji Yamada

MVFF37: Chiisai Ouchi (The Little House)

The tension between personal memory and public history is quietly observed in the prolific Yoji Yamada’s Chiisai Ouchi, based on Kyoko Nakajima’s award-winning novel. When young Takeshi encourages his elderly great-aunt Taki to write her autobiography, he doesn’t believe she is writing the “truth” about her life as a young maid in a bourgeois Tokyo…

Magic in the Moonlight, dir. Woody Allen. Photo by Jack English © 2014 Gravier Productions, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Magic in the Moonlight by Woody Allen

Mr. Allen continues his romantic European streak with Magic in the Moonlight, a funny, beautiful and thoughtful comedy about the nature of reality and the dueling principles of reason/fatih, loyalty/betrayal and magic/logic. Happily there is no one answer as many of the characters move (stylishly) through that spectrum, from belief to disbelief, and back again.…

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The Last Sentence by Jan Troell

The Last Sentence, by the great filmmaker Jan Troell, is a biopic about Torgny Segerstedt, an outspoken Swedish writer and editor who defied Sweden’s official neutrality stance to denounce Hitler and the Nazi Party. It has all the makings of an epic biopic: the Baltic background of World War II, the impending force of the…