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Beautiful People

Writer-director Jasmin Dizdar, whose comedy-drama refers at one point to the much-touted first half hour of Saving Private Ryan, could teach Steven Spielberg a thing or two about the use of dramatic irony. The large ensemble of characters in the story, which is set in London and Bosnia, includes a physician demoralized by arguments with his estranged wife, a Bosnian refugee he treats, a disaffected youth who transcends type in a battle against deliberately cartoonish parents, and a journalist who undergoes a crisis of faith that's perversely convenient for his wife and his network. The characters' paths sometimes intersect--without the archness of many such elaborate plots--as Dizdar inventively examines bigotry, combining daring humor and hyperbole, dark realism and shining idealism. Pipers Alley.

--Lisa Alspector

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