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STATIONS OF THE CROSS
"A must see for all those interested in how austere and spiritual techniques can be employed in cinema."
- Paul Schrader
"An austere, beautifully filmed and powerfully acted portrait of extreme religious fervor that slyly flirts with comedy."
- Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"Stations of the Cross belongs among the decade's best films about the lengths one must go to in order to balance strong beliefs with a tolerance toward a secular world that fights against those beliefs."
- Ross Bonaime, Paste Magazine
"Top Ten List for 2014. One of the great films about the nature of love. Brilliantly employs lieder by Mozart and Beethoven - the most telling use of period performance since Straub-Huillet's 1968 CHRONICLE OF ANNA MAGDELENA BACH."
- James Quandt, Artforum
"A satirical yet sensitive study of the 1811 death pact between poet Heinrich von Kleist and Henriette Vogel. Hausner expertly conveys the claustrophobia and inflexibility of this environment by tightly choreographing her characters through carefully composed, sparsely decorated spaces."
- Film Comment
"Hausner reveals her strongest work yet, a droll, romantic exploration of sorts that manages to expertly blend her unique tone with exquisite digital compositions."
- Nicolas Bell, Ioncinema
"[Chronicles] the rise and fall of the beachside snack stand, with the humble hot dog joint standing in as a symbol for the American Dream..."
- New York Observer
"...shows the tremendous highs and lows that came along with founding a New York City institution, and takes the audience along for a whirlwind trip down memory lane."
- AM New York
"...a unique and intimate look into almost 100 years of his family's history and the history of New York City, using the hot dog as a lens. "
- Wall St Cheat Sheet
"Wickedly visceral! Tough, gripping, emotionally rewarding through trenchant plotting!"
- Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"The film ultimately understands poverty as a profound and often irreversible desolation of terra firma."
- Slant Magazine
"Quietly compelling human drama... (with) a commanding central performance from Margita Gosheva... You become completely captivated by her refusal to surrender to her fate."
- Allan Hunter, Screen Daily
"Rarely has fetishism been portrayed with such intense, empathetic attention to detail."
"Brilliant. An intimate character piece that's all about the details."
- The Hollywood Reporter
"A double tour de force of scholarly excavation and artistic dynamism."
- Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
"Powerful and fascinating...overwhelmingly captivating..."
- Michael Miller, Berkshire Review for the Arts
"A vivid demonstration of what has been lost in the process of becoming modern...Bagby, using a brilliant array of dramatic and rhetorical techniques, made it a dazzling experience. His performances should be recorded and made required listening. "
- The Washington Post
"A chic thriller! A top-flight cast gives the character-driven drama depth and conviction."
- Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
"Perfectly cast! This slick, stylish fusion of class critique and murder mystery confirms Paolo Virzi as one of Italy's more dynamic directors."
- Jay Weissberg, Variety
"It's a strange film - constantly hovering on the knife edge between comedy and tragedy - but a riveting one."
- Bilge Ebiri, Vulture.com
"Etienne as the heroine is a harmonising centre, believable, luminous, quiet-spoken, poignant."
- Financial Times
"[An] atmospheric adaptation...driven onwards by a powerful central female performance."
- Eye for Film
"Strong performances are abetted by superb technical contributions, including...a series of gorgeous period costumes."
- The Hollywood Reporter
- Anath White, RogerEbert.com
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THE DARK VALLEY
"Visually ravishing! The hills are alive with the sound of gunfire in this alpine revenge drama, a superiour genre piece."
- Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
"A unique visual experience out of the novel, in a film that, stylistically, is not too far removed from classic westerns of old, with a typically placed revenge plot situated within this cinematic landscape."
- Stefan Pape, Hey U Guys!
"A brooding atmosphere of suspicion and menace...[with] a tone of grim foreboding!"
- Jessica Kiang, Indiewire