French director Jacques Audiard brings a Euro sensibility to his western, The Sisters Brothers, exploiting then subverting and ultimately dissembling the macho gunslinger stereotype. The character treatment and some excellent acting performances save the narratively thin film from tedium.
Birds of Passage is a visually ravishing epic drama charting the early drug trade of the 70s in Columbia, and the destruction it wreaks on two clans of indigenous peoples that become involved.
Happy as Lazzaro is a strange, shape shifting tale of an innocent in a fallen world. Baffling and thought-provoking, with moments of lyricism and wonder.