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Just Like a Woman

An aspiring dancer (Sienna Miller) and a convenience store owner's wife (Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani) flee their unhappy marriages in Chicago and hit the road for Santa Fe, where the dancer plans to audition for a regional troupe. This formulaic melodrama marks the U.S. debut of director Rachid Bouchareb (Days of Glory) and screenwriters Joelle Touma and Marion Doussot, all French citizens of Middle Eastern descent; judging from the wholly generic results, none of them was familiar with American life before making it. There are plenty of great movies about America made by outsiders—Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point, Wim Wenders's Paris, Texas—but those tend to acknowledge and challenge their outsider prejudices; here the filmmakers attempt a naturalistic approach, which only makes the stilted dialogue and hackneyed plotting feel more awkward.

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