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The Living World

Writer-director Eugene Green was born in the U.S. but is currently an academic based in France, and this 2003 oddity, his second feature, seems more classically French than many French releases. A charming medieval fairy tale (in partially modern dress) about two knights trying to rescue children from an ogre, it periodically suggests the work of Robert Bresson, though largely stripped of its materiality and violence. The handling of animals—most notably a dog playing a lion—is especially sweet and gentle, and for all its mannerist tics, this has its share of enchantments. In French with subtitles. 75 min.

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