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October 5, 2001



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La Ciénaga (Not rated)

Director: Lucrecia Martel. With Mercedes MorÃÆ'Æ'Æ'ÃÆ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'ÃÆ'†'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'ÃÆ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'†'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'ÃÆ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'†'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'ÃÆ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'ÃÆ'†'†'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'ÃÆ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'ÃÆ'†'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'ÃÆ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'†'†'†'ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ¥n, Martin AdjemiÃÆ'Æ'Æ'ÃÆ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'ÃÆ'†'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'ÃÆ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'†'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'ÃÆ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'†'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'ÃÆ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'ÃÆ'†'†'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'ÃÆ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'ÃÆ'†'†'ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'ÃÆ'†'ÃÆ'Æ'†'†'†'ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ¥n, Graciela Borges, Leonora Balcarce. (103 min.)

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Sterritt ** The lives of two dysfunctional households in a small Argentine town during the hottest, stickiest summer anyone can remember. Martel shows great promise as a visual stylist and a director of strong performances, vividly etching her characters and condensing the experiences of three generations into a single economical story. But her screenplay gives little of interest, once the novelty of meeting these people has worn off. The title means "The Swamp," and you may feel you're in one after 103 minutes with such a generally unlikable gang. In Spanish with English subtitles

Diamond Men (Not rated)

Director: Daniel M. Cohen. With Robert Forster, Donnie Wahlberg, Bess Armstrong, Jasmine Guy. (100 min.)

Sterritt ** An aging diamond dealer (Forster) goes on the road with a protégé (Wahlberg) he'd rather leave behind, reacting with a bemused blend of aversion and attraction when his young partner insists on behaving like the hero of a sleazy traveling-salesman joke. This modest comedy-drama begins as a mildly engaging tale of two conflicting but basically decent personalities, then loses its way in a crime-movie subplot and a less-than-believable love affair. Forster is always a pleasure to watch, though.

Serendipity (PG-13)

Director: Peter Chelsom. With John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Molly Shannon, Eugene Levy. (100 min.)

Sterritt ** A young man meets the woman of his dreams, but she wants a sign that destiny means them to be together, and destiny doesn't quite come through. Several years later, they're both due to marry other people, and since neither can forget the magical evening they once shared, they independently decide to give destiny one more chance. This exceedingly romantic comedy begins with flair but lapses into clichés long before the sentimental (and predictable) finale. The stars are fetching, though, and Levy is great fun in his too-small role.

Va Savoir (PG-13)
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