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Reviews: Brattle revives Lynch’s ‘Inland Empire’; Somerville’s ‘Hard Boiled’  

This review by Tom Meek was originally published in Cambridge Day, a YourArlington partner.

Scene from David Lynch's Inland Empire

Emmanuel Marre and Julie Lecoustre’s first feature is a tight, intimate affair about a junior-tier flight attendant at a small, no-frills airline where she confronts sexism, controlling corporate policies and her own skeletons. As Cassandre, Adèle Exarchopoulos, excellent in “Blue is the Warmest Color” and even more so here, gives us a deep character dive that feels lived in.

At first the implied attitude of the title makes perfect sense, as Cassandre jets from the Azores to various European stops, partying into the night, engaging in Tinder hookups and being schooled by higher-ups to shave more regularly and sell more duty-free goods and in-flight booze – but then there are hints of death and a fractured family life. The film, like Exarchopoulos’ performance, feels more documentary than slick; the cinematography is simple, but gorgeous. (Tom MeekOn Mubi.

Tom Meek is a writer living in Cambridge. His reviews, essays, short stories and articles have appeared in the WBUR ARTery, The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Globe, The Rumpus, The Charleston City Paper and SLAB literary journal. Tom is also a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and rides his bike everywhere.

This review was published Monday, May 2, 2022.

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