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Venice Review: Fatih Akin’s ‘The Cut’ Starring Tahar Rahim

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • August 31, 2014 8:32 AM
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The Cut, Fatih Akin
When Turkish-German auteur Fatih Akin pulled “The Cut” from the Cannes slate citing “personal reasons,” the rumor mill went to work overtime. Certainly, Cannes would have seemed like the natural home for the filmmaker’s next opus, so if, as was suggested, he had not been guaranteed the competition slot that his profile surely demanded, what could the reason be? Politics? Pique? Some internecine beef we weren’t aware of? Within all that gossip, however, one possible explanation never really entered the mix: that the film would not be very good. Akin’s track record alone, including such terrific, joltingly energetic, critically lauded and awarded titles as “Head-on” and “The Edge of Heaven” (the first two films in a thematic trilogy that “The Cut” is mooted to complete) seemed to put that beyond the realm of possibility. And in truth, it’s not not very good. It’s close to a disaster.

TIFF Trailer: 'Samba' Starring Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg & Tahar Rahim

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2014 9:00 AM
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Samba
A few years back, all anyone could talk about at the arthouse was "The Intouchables." It was the third most watched film in France in 2011, sitting at number one at the box office there for ten weeks. And not only was it a hit in its home country, but it traveled abroad widely, earning a grand total of $444.7 million worldwide and scooping up awards, while The Weinstein Company snapped up the remake rights. And now writer/directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano are back with a followup.

Venice Trailer: Fatih Akin's 'The Cut' Starring Tahar Rahim Plus Official Synopsis And First Images

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2014 7:02 AM
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The Cut Tahar Rahim
Some slight waves were made earlier this year when Fatih Akin pulled his forthcoming "The Cut" from the Cannes Film Festival citing "personal reasons." So we figured the movie would wind up somewhere else on the 2014 fall festival slate, and indeed, it's now at Venice and the first trailer has arrive.

Watch: Lea Seydoux And Tahar Rahim Share Nuclear Love In Trailer For 'Grand Central'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2014 9:20 AM
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Grand central
While "Grand Central" is a decent enough name for the Lea Seydoux and Tahar Rahim starring romance, a more fitting title might be, "Love In The Time Of Nuclear Power." The Rebecca Zlotowski directed film follows an affair that's heated up not just by the individuals involved, by also by the looming nuclear power permanently in the distance....

Director Fatih Akin Pulls 'The Cut' Starring Tahar Rahim From The Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2014 9:42 AM
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Fatih Akin
In our Cannes Film Festival predictions, we were feeling pretty good about Fatih Akin's "The Cut" making the lineup. He's already a fave at the fest, winning the screenplay prize in 2007 for “The Edge of Heaven,” and just last year he was on the ground with his documentary “Polluting Paradise.” And it certainly seemed like everything was gearing up for his latest to bring him back to the south of France, but it seems there was a hiccup somewhere along the way.

'Point Break' Remake Casts Johnny Utah, Lily Collins Learns 'How To Be Single' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 25, 2014 9:39 AM
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Actress Lily Collins spent much of last year stuck in franchise panic, as planned heavyweight “The Mortal Instruments” weathered delays and production halts following the first installment’s poor critical and box office reception. Her long-term duty to Cassandra Clare’s series remains uncertain, but for now she’s signed on to another adaptation: “How To Be Single," based on Liz Tuccillo’s novel, written for the screen by Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn, and produced by Drew Barrymore.

Review: Asghar Farhadi's Mature, Complex & Impressive 'The Past' Starring Berenice Bejo & Tahar Rahim

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2013 5:30 PM
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The Past
When "The Past" opens, we see a couple communicating through a thick pane of glass at an airport. They can't hear each other, but through gestures and mouthed words, they can get the gist of what the other is saying, but between them is an immovable object that prevents a full understanding of what they mean to say. It's an apt visual metaphor with which "A Separation" director Asghar Farhadi's opens his latest film, a picture that finds four lives thrown into turmoil over hidden feelings, confused emotions and a dark secret that could change everything.

Watch: U.S. Trailer For Asghar Farhadi's Powerful 'The Past' Starring Bérénice Bejo & Tahar Rahim

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2013 1:30 PM
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The Past, Asghar Farhadi, Bérénice Bejo
Named this summer as one of our Best Films Of 2013...So Far, a Cannes winner for Best Actress (Berenice Bejo) along with an Ecumenical Jury prize for director Asghar Farhadi, it may have been a quiet for the past few months, but Sony Pictures Classics is finally starting to run with "The Past." And this first trailer gives you all you need to know as you add it your must-see list before the end of the year.

Review: Joachim LaFosse's 'Our Children' Starring Tahar Rahim

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 1, 2013 8:01 PM
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Some movies you don't exit, you escape. You crawl out from underneath them, they're so heavy and oppressive and immovably huge. "Our Children" is one such weighty mass. But instead of being a transformative, ultimately life-affirming experience, the way similarly bleak "Amour" and "Rust & Bone" are, "Our Children" is full of one-note grimness. Directed by Belgian film director Joachim LaFosse ("Nue Propriété," "Élève libre") there's nothing to be gained from the experience, and it is a grim drag in both content and form. By the time it reaches its semi-shocking conclusion, groans erupted from our audience and the squeaking of hastily exited chairs could be heard.

Exclusive: Tahar Rahim Isn't Ready To Move In Clip From Joachim Lafosse's 'Our Children'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 9:56 AM
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Ever since breaking out in Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet," Tahar Rahim has been actor many have been keeping an eye out. While he dabbled in Hollywood fare with a role in "The Eagle," he's mostly played to his strengths by sticking with foreign projects and this year alone, he featured in two films at Cannes: the nuclear romance "Grand Central" opposite Lea Seydoux, and Asghar Farhadi's critically acclaimed ensemble drama "The Past." And the actor has another movie coming, a picture that spent 2012 on the festival circuit hitting Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Zurich, Hamburg, New York, Göteborg, Seattle, São Paulo and more — Joachim Lafosse's "Our Children."

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