It's not the performances of Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn that surprise so much in this death-row drama (though they are both excellent), but the boundless sensitivity of the writer-director Tim Robbins. He doesn't do things the easy way: his film leaves you mute, appalled, brimming with questions. And, finally, reeling.
The road to hell, Vietnamese style. Tran Anh Hung's dazzling psychological drama about a put-upon pedal-cab driver is nobody's idea of a good time. Visionary, though.
Mind-games abound in Kurosawa's richest work.
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