Altman isn't just trying to subvert the conventions of the genre, but is rather constantly calling to mind the tensions between the Western genre's expectations and his characters' inabilities to meet them.
The deep tragedy of the film is Adriana's inability to anchor herself to anything concrete or stable that would secure her investment in being a part of this world.
Through his observation of small moments, tender and heartbreaking both, Satyajit Ray has made the story of one young man feel like that of humanity entire.
On the eve of its Criterion release, Max Nelson offers some commentary on Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is the Warmest Colour.
Shelley Farmer reviews Mike Leigh's family drama, now available on DVD from Criterion.
Shelley Farmer reviews Andrea Arnold's bold adaptation of the classic novel, out now on DVD.