Abbey Bender

 

Abbey Bender is a regular film contributor to the Village Voice,LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Houston Press and Dallas Observer.

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  • Paradise is a quiet, assured, elegantly shot drama of one of history's darkest moments. This World War II picture from Andrei Konchalovsky centers on the intermingled stories of Olga (Julia Vysotskaya), a Russian member of the French...

  • Stories of immigrant life are more important than ever. It's a shame, then, when such stories are told in a predictable fashion. The Tiger Hunter, a 1979-set drama about a young aspiring engineer who emigrates to Chicago from India, relies...

  • Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards offers an affectionate (if not particularly probing) documentary portrait of a fashion icon. Manolo Blahnik, a top designer of high-end shoes since the early '70s, relays his life story, guiding...

  • It's hard to watch Paulina without wishing for vengeance. The film concerns a woman (Dolores Fonzi) who suspends her legal education to become a civics teacher in a poor town on Argentina's border. With this setup, and an opening scene of...

  • The Fencer, Finland's official entry for the 2016 Academy Awards, offers an understated blend of sports story and historical drama, based on a true story of post–World War II life. Endel Nelis (Märt Avandi), a young man who,...

  • From the Land of the Moon is an elegantly shot tale of l'amour fou that could be eyeroll-inducing were its leads not so charismatic. In post-World War II France, Gabrielle (Marion Cotillard), a free-spirited but troubled sophisticate, is...

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