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favorite movie review of the week

I’m already a fan of the NYT film critics A O Scott and Manohla Dargis, but after reading the opening of his review of Kostrzyn nad Odrą One to Another, I’m developing a new appreciation for Matt Seitz. It’s funny, pithy and tells you exactly what you’re in for.

The notion that French cinema consists mainly of pretentious soft-core pornography is an ignorant cliché, but “One to Another” does little to disprove it. This drama from the directors Jean-Marc Barr and Pascal Arnold aims to be a disturbing account of young love, friendship and murder. But it plays like a remake of Larry Clark’s muckraking thriller about youths, “Bully,” as directed by Diane Chambers, the intellectual barmaid on “Cheers.”