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Sebastián Lelio

Renegade Charisma: Sebastián Lelio’s Fantastic Woman and Disobedience

by Cyrus Cassells | Oct 2, 2018 | Culture, Movies

The Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s rule-defying female leads and leitmotifs (defiance, forbidden love, and obstructed mourning) are so consistent that his last three films, Gloria, A Fantastic Woman—awarded this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Film—and Disobedience, could count as a trilogy on a woman’s quest for respect, ardor, and erotic freedom. His spirited, front-and-center heroines […]

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Guadagnino and Ivory Stir Passions and Create Pure Relationship Magic

by Cyrus Cassells | Jun 9, 2018 | Culture, Movies

Nobody writes better about the obsessive nature of desire, about head-over-heels infatuation, than Egyptian expat André Aciman. I savored his latest book, Enigma Variations—about a bisexual man’s history of amorous escapades—happily absorbed through a mid-March blizzard. It seemed against the odds that a movie could do justice to Aciman’s gorgeous, neo-Proustian prose, but director Luca […]

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