FILM THREAT’S SUNDANCE 2005 WRAP-UP

WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

THE 3 ROOMS OF MELANCHOLIA ^ Nothing is sadder than a child who has experienced tragedy, but no trap is easier to fall into than that of dwelling on a moping kid until the image loses its meaning…

DHAKIYARR VS. THE KING ^ The tribe leader Dhakiyarr shoots a policeman who had taken one of his village’s women, upholding the laws of his tribe, which a shark spoke long ago in the community’s river…

GRIZZLY MAN ^ Herzog says he hopes to capture deeper questions about human existence and what might drive someone like Treadwell to shun human civilization. The results are by turns fascinating, horrifying, and maddening…

I AM CUBA, THE SIBERIAN MAMMOTH ^ Neither a straight making-of doc nor a clinical political history, “I Am Cuba, the Siberian Mammoth” offers some elements of both approaches, then fails in some important ways to provide a guiding context…

THE LIBERACE OF BAGHDAD ^ The most damning failure of the picture is a lack of any discernible payoff…

ODESSA ODESSA ^ The film becomes like a piece of music, and the visual hypnosis of the locations is part of the theme that recurs in new variations…

SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL: THE JOURNEY OF ROMEO DALLAIRE ^ “Shake Hands With the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire” follows the emotionally scarred man as he revisits a land of horrible memories on the 10th anniversary of the genocide…

SHAPE OF THE MOON ^ “Shape of the Moon” is a documentary of such stunning visual grace that while watching it at Sundance, I occasionally wondered if I was mistaken about its category and the film was actually an entry in the dramatic world cinema competition that had very naturalistic actors…

UNKNOWN WHITE MALE ^ It’s quite an accomplishment to turn a deeply personal story about loss and pain into a droning clunker, but that’s what Murray has done…

WALL ^ The documentary, directed by Simone Bitton, tackles the “security fence” in Israel-Palestine that was built in the name of antiterrorism but effectively creates a greater divide between two peoples already split by faith and ethnicity…

YANG BAN XI: THE 8 MODEL WORKS ^ Imagine scratched up films full of vivid red colors, featuring women with Chinese military uniforms modified to include short shorts, holding rifles and singing about their love for the Communist party…

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