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Eight years ago the American writer-director Joshua Marston made Maria Full of Grace, an exceptionally accomplished movie shot largely in Spanish about a pregnant Colombian peasant girl lured into smuggling cocaine into America. His new film takes us into an even less familiar world, remote rural Albania, where a long-standing feud between two families over a disputed right of way turns nasty. Fleeing from the crime scene, a father goes into hiding, leaving his family struggling to survive, and his 17-year-old son finds himself at the mercy of the other family, who by tradition will kill him if he leaves the house. Observed with the same non-judgmental manner Marston brought to Maria Full of Grace, the film has an earthy whiff of authenticity. But it's seriously lacking in incident and dramatic drive. Admirable work by British cinematographer Rob Hardy, though.

World cinemaPhilip French

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