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July 31, 1997 | KRISTINE McKENNA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Australian director Shirley Barrett's debut film, "Love Serenade," is many things--a black comedy, a coming-of-age story, a surrealistic fable. More than anything, however, it's a cautionary tale about the power of projection that often goes hand in hand with romantic love. The capacity to perceive qualities in one's love object that aren't actually there has wrecked many lives, and Barrett exploits this scenario to great comic effect.
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July 31, 1997 | KRISTINE McKENNA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Australian director Shirley Barrett's debut film, "Love Serenade," is many things--a black comedy, a coming-of-age story, a surrealistic fable. More than anything, however, it's a cautionary tale about the power of projection that often goes hand in hand with romantic love. The capacity to perceive qualities in one's love object that aren't actually there has wrecked many lives, and Barrett exploits this scenario to great comic effect.
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August 1, 1997 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
"Love Serenade" offers as precise and merciless a comic vision as anyone could want. A wickedly funny examination of obsessive romantic behavior, its satiric vision of women in love and men on the make was devastating enough to earn writer-director Shirley Barrett the highly prized Camera d'Or at Cannes, given to the best first film both in and out of competition.
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May 21, 1996 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
In a victory that was all the more satisfying for being both expected and deserved, Mike Leigh's remarkable, truthful and emotional "Secrets and Lies" won the Palme d'Or Monday night at the 49th Cannes International Film Festival. "This is quite overwhelming, thank you for all of us who went through hell making this film and enjoyed every minute of it," said the bearded 52-year-old British director, who won the prize here in 1993 for best direction with his last film, "Naked."
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