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ARCHANGEL - Canadian experimentalist Guy Maddin directed this highly original film about a Russian village that falls into tragicomic confusion when a dose of mustard gas throws memories out of whack. Filmed in a style recalling the late heyday of silent movies, the picture has touches of brilliance, although it eventually runs out of new ideas and becomes repetitious. (Not rated)NOIR ET BLANC - An accountant becomes erotically obsessed with a masseur in this elliptically filmed drama based on a Tennessee Williams story. Directed by the promising French filmmaker Claire Devers. (Not rated) TRUST - A young man and woman, both oppressed by small-minded parents, develop a loving relationship amid the alienating psychological currents of middle-class suburban life. Hal Hartley's new comedy-drama is more cleverly conceived and imaginatively realized than his earlier film, "The Unbelievable Truth," and develops impressive emotional power at times. Its deeper feelings are often submerged by aspects of the dialogue and performances, though, which have a stylized quality that Hartley is not quite expe rt enough to negotiate with complete success; and the film's Long Island milieu is wanly conveyed by Michael Spiller's cinematography. Adrienne Shelley, a regular Hartley collaborator, heads the talented cast. (Rated R)

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