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New York Film Fest: Kathryn Bigelow's small film on a big topic: elephants
New York Film Fest: Kathryn Bigelow's small film on a big topic: elephants

In her recent work, director Kathryn Bigelow has shown a flair for the maximal, taking on epic characters and big subjects such as the futility and meaning of foreign wars. "Zero Dark Thirty" was a nearly three-hour look at a globe-hopping quest over the course of years. "The Hurt Locker" found a man on a tense, Sisyphean journey into and back into conflict-ridden Iraq. Both were neo-verite affairs meant to make the viewer feel the grit and hot breath of war. Her new film is, in one sense, the opposite of all that. "Last Days," which just premiered at the New York Film Festival, is a three-minute ditty — animated, no less — that takes on the sad...

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