Abbey Bender

 

Abbey Bender is a regular film contributor at Voice Media Group and its film partner, the Village Voice. VMG publications include LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Houston Press and Dallas Observer.

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  • Is there any image more quirkily French than that of Isabelle Huppert working in a pate-making factory? Souvenir, a lightweight portrait of Huppert as Liliane, a former pop singer, suggests there is not. Having fallen out of the spotlight,...

  • Part horror movie, part feminist screed, part sitcom, Bitch tells the tale of a housewife, Jill (Marianna Palka, who also wrote and directed), who after an unsuccessful suicide attempt experiences a mental breakdown and starts acting like...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

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