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    Green Book beats the Oscars odds

    Life, Published on 26/02/2019

    » Green Book, about a white chauffeur and his black client in segregation-era America, won best picture at the Academy Awards, overcoming mixed critical notices and a series of awards-season setbacks. By backing Green Book voters slowed the ascendancy of Netflix, which had been pushing a competing nominee Roma.

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    On unhappy women and clumsy hitmen

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 19/01/2018

    » Pen-ek Ratanaruang's movies -- eight of them in the past 20 years and the ninth slated for a Feb 1 release -- are often inhabited by unhappy women and clumsy hitmen. Unhappy, yet those women are neither resigned nor passive. Clumsy, yet those hitmen have aspirations, dreams and worries like people in other respectable professions. A genre geek, Pen-ek likes crime thrillers, but one of Thailand's best-known directors is also a diligent investigator of human relationships and man-woman dynamics, their eccentric and mysterious rapport and misunderstandings that determine the course of the world, and of cinema.

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