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TriBeCa: Salon appointment yields dark highlights

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Indie film is rarely a land of cotton candy and peppermint rainbows, but a report by Salon.com’s Andrew O’Hehir suggests this year’s crop of TriBeCa indies are particulalry caliginous:

Viz:

- Emmanuelle Bercot‘s “Backstage”: “trashy but highly absorbing

- Matt Williams‘ “Walker Payne”: “redeemed from total triviality, in fact, by its darkness.”

- “Civic Duty,” a claustrophobic, low-budget thriller starring Peter Krause: “a gloomy, intense and effective little picture, without being the least bit original.” rw.jpg

Salon.com‘s O’Hehir continues, “Stay tuned: I’ll be back with many more films, though not necessarily more cheerful ones: a controversial documentary about Golden Gate Bridge suicides, a tale of death row in Iran, a story about an all-night bender in Dallas, multiple visions of the Iraq war, how Colombia’s drug kings brought vice to Miami and much, much more.”

Much, much more? Uh, thanks, but no. Amazingly, “RV” is starting to look like a laugh riot.

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