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Expect David Sedaris' extraordinary ear for the funny things people say, the exquisite turn of phrase, the deadpan unsentimentality, the reckless candour, and the similarly reckless invasion of his family's privacy.
Asian pop icon Andy Lau is also convincing in his role: His Roger is an enigmatic blend of unsentimentality and heartfelt sensitivity Having portrayed mother and son in films before, Ip and Lau share a special chemistry that translates beautifully onscreen; their relationship feels authentic.
History, in all its unsentimentality, is almost always the best antidote to such simplicities.
As the narrator says of the nouveau riche Alpine tourists he embarrassingly calls "Jews of the wrong sort": "And yet even they imparted a wholesome breath of sanity, disillusion, unsentimentality to the excited 'Bergheil' atmosphere.
But it's the rigorous unsentimentality of Lloyd's direction that's most impressive.
When Kambalu learned of his mother's death, he was living in Nottingham and completing his graduate studies in fine art, and the book ends with his reaction: "On the wall behind the TV a transcription of my favourite work of art by conceptual artist Marcel Duchamp slowly came into focus through the tears; an epitaph he made for himself that now lies on his tombstone in Rouen: 'D' ailleurs c'est toujours les autres qui meurent' [Besides, it's always other people who die]." Duchamp's wry last words pointedly articulate Kambalu's perspective, the emotive strength of which lies in a mordant unsentimentality. It is a bittersweet, rousing message: Sometimes the ultimate jive talk is the jive we tell ourselves.
"There is great honesty and unsentimentality in this portrayal of a boy at emotional breaking-point....
Like hunting--with which it is elided under the sign of the pocket knife and the arrowhead--it signifies power, responsibility, unsentimentality, even a "necessary" cruelty.
You'd think a culture that prides itself on a laconic unsentimentality would take to it like a duck to water and wouldn't need to reassure us about the innate goodness in human nature.
The solid unsentimentality of the Czech Christmas was brought home to me at the annual Christmas concert of the great Czech mezzo-soprano Dagmar Peckova, on December 21, in the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House.
The present darkness and solitude, on the other hand, permit the welling up of the memory of his first abbot, who showed the young Merton the unsentimentality of the spiritual life by ordering the burning of his private papers.
Veteran baritone William Warfield sings songs by Copland and Gershwin, and Kevin Cole, who has received the endorsement of the Gershwin Estate for the deliberate unsentimentality of his playing, is pianist in Rhapsody in Blue.
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