DVDs: lives in crisis

Two films from across the waters that should compel your attention. The Salesman is a “complex, compelling drama” about a two actors in Iran. When the wife is assaulted, her husband becomes a bull in his attempts to find the attacker, while she struggles to cope.  This is a “powerful expression of lives, and dreams, interrupted” (Fort Worth Star).  Frantz is a survivor’s drama set the immediate aftermath of the First World War.  Anna (Paula Beer in a breakthrough performance) is a young woman who lost her fiancé in the trenches. Her solitude is broken by the arrival of Adrien, a French veteran who comes to pay respects at Frantz’s grave.  ”A fine cast, haunting period detail and a provocative, twisting story” (Globe and Mail) make this worthy viewing (Globe and Mail)

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