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Review: Old-Fashioned, Deeply Unadventurous 'Night Train To Lisbon' Starring Jeremy Irons, Melanie Laurent & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 7, 2013 11:04 AM
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In the very finest tradition of Euro-pudding, director Bille August's "Night Train To Lisbon" adapts an international bestselling book, takes place against the picturesque backdrop of a European capital, is half-told in flashback through a turbulent and dramatic period of history, and stacks the cast with notable European thesps. These include: Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Charlotte Rampling, Christopher Lee, Tom Courtenay representing the U.K.; from Germany, Martina Gedeck and August Diehl; Bruno Ganz of Switzerland; Lena Olin of Sweden; and Mélanie Laurent from France. However, bar Irons, this Babel tower of actors all play Portuguese nationals, and so while the films is told through English, they all speak with Portuguese accents. Irons, however, plays Swiss, which obviously means he employs his usual mellifluous British tones. A little silly though all this is, it's not actually particularly injurious to our understanding of the story, but it does give you an idea of the messiness and, well, inefficiency of the approach.

FNC '13 Review: The Grass Is Not Greener On The Other Side In Bruce McDonald's Dark Comedy 'The Husband'

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • October 16, 2013 5:02 PM
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The Husband, Bruce McDonald
Guys, what would you do if you suddenly became the husband of the wife who was guilty of having sex with a 14 year-old schoolboy? No doubt the question has been asked a thousand times at some point, and it's what makes up the basic premise of Bruce McDonald's latest feature “The Husband.” If the name sounds familiar than you're probably a “Hard Core Logo” fan.

TIFF Exclusive: Poster & Photos From Bruce McDonald's 'The Husband'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2013 2:21 PM
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  • 1 Comment
The Husband, Bruce McDonald
While not as much of a household name as David Cronenberg, Canadian director Bruce McDonald ("Hard Core Logo," "Pontypool") largely exemplifies the spirit of Canadian film with his oddball narratives and low budget inventiveness, and has become a well-known favorite of the Toronto International Film Festival, where his latest opus, the dark comedy "The Husband," premiered last night. We're very happy to exclusively debut the poster for the film, along with a trailer, clip and photos from the film. It's a McDonald McOverload!

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