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Barrage

 

111 minutes · 2017

Drama
An 11-year-old girl (Themis Pauwels) and her grandmother (Isabelle Huppert) suffer the unexpected return of the girl's mother (Lolita Chammah), a recovering addict who's been absent for a decade and now wants back into their lives. Laura Schroeder cowrote and directed this rambling, disjointed Belgian drama, which is long on incidental detail and art house conceits but short on narrative drive. Chammah is Huppert's daughter in real life, though they aren't together onscreen enough to generate any chemistry, and Schroeder can't sustain enough tension or emotion to make the story compelling. In French with subtitles.

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