Ira Sachs Plays “Forty Shades of Blue” (by Anthony Kaufman, September 29, 2005)

While regional filmmakers were all the rage at Sundance this year (from “Hustle & Flow” to “Junebug”), Ira Sachs’ top prizewinner “Forty Shades of Blue” feels like it comes from another planet. Whether it’s the France of Maurice Pialat and Raoul Coutard, the Germany of Rainer Werner Fassbinder or the England of Ken Loach, all of whom he cites as influences, the Memphis of Sachs’ second feature (after his 1996 debut “The Delta”) captures the blues-soaked sadness of his home city, but also evokes a foreign aesthetic far from the nooks and crannies of the United States.

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