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Mademoiselle Chambon

In Mademoiselle Chambon, Stéphane Brizé’s tightly made, bittersweet little film about an improbable romance, the director gets more from a pared-down style than most directors can achieve with a large kit of techniques, devices, and emphases. Brizé etches portraits of need, longing, and regret with an often severe economy of means. But there’s an unmistakable undercurrent of feeling in his film, one that eventually threatens to break its calm surface.


Private First Class Juan S. Restrepo, from Pembroke Pines, Florida, was a 20-year-old single father of one child when his army unit was sent to Afghanistan from its Italian home base. In a mobile-phone video shot during a train trip with army buddies, Restrepo is ebulliently and ingratiatingly vocal as he and his friends goof and joke.

Nanny McPhee Returns

The 2004 Nanny McPhee, starring Emma Thompson (who also wrote the screenplay) as a nanny who uses her magical powers to teach life lessons to her young charges, was only a modest hit.

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