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Movie Pick: Mongol

by rania
June 6, 2008 2:47 AM
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Genghis Khan (Tadanobu Asano) and child, in a quiet moment

Coat, hat, and jewelry designers need to see this film. I'm not kidding. The crafting is superb.

If you don't mind blood splattering battles, "Mongol" is a must for the colorful threats and insults between feuding warrior tribes. There's also an improbable lifelong love of a despot and his bride, social throat singing, and the interesting choice made by director Sergei Bodrov to portray tyrant Ghengis Khan in a sympathetic light.

If you are going to see just one Kazakh film ("Borat" doesn't count) in the Mongolian language, this should be it.

And...

...an alternative Movie Pick, opening this week at Manhattan's Lincoln Plaza, is the beautiful and satisfying "The Grocer’s Son" (Le fils de l'épicier), starring handsome Nicolas Cazalé. The Provençal countryside is so lush you can practically smell the lavendar fields, in this tale of a family relationships.

THEATERS FOR MONGOL
Opening June 6:
New York City, Sunshine Cinema and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas
Los Angeles, Landmark and Arclight Cinema Dome

Opening June 20TH:
Arlington, VA
Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Berkeley, CA
Bethesda, MD
Boston, MA
Brooklyn, NY
Cambridge, MA
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Dennis, MA
Denver, CO
Evanston, IL

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