THE GREEN YEARS – Review by Diane Carson

A bonus of enjoying restorations is discovering previously unfamiliar directors and their work. That’s the case with Portuguese director Paulo Rocha whose 1963 The Green Years didn’t receive a U.S. release. Now available, Rocha’s debut film takes its place among new wave gems shot on location, in beautiful black and white, following its protagonist through coming-of-age romantic experiences.

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THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD – Review by Diane Carson

Originally released in 1991 and recently restored, Thousand Pieces of Gold presents a refreshing perspective on the story of a Mongolian girl sold as a bride in 1880s Oregon and is admirable in its assertion of female agency, but the story feels sentimental, safe and predictable, especially post HBO’s Deadwood and other revisionist westerns.

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