Some year’s end, with Hollywood serving up another round of high-gloss, $100-million epics, it’s nice to be able to turn to European movies. Not only for a change of scale, but also a different palate of emotions and ideas. Take the idea, for instance, that confronting old age-the waning of energies and options, the loss of a best friend-might form the basis of comedy, and that spry absurdity might be wrung from the themes of aging and...
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