Critic A. O. Scott, who, along with Hollywood reporter Sharon Waxman filed a
series of video reports called Movie
Minutes direct from Sundance, wraps up his take on the festival in print in today's New York Times. Scott
points out that whilst the Dramatic Competition offered forth a few gems (such as Noah Baumbach's
The Squid and the Whale, and Miranda July's Me, You and Everyone We Know), as a
whole the films were embarrassingly solipsistic when viewed against the radical timeliness of Documentary entries such
as After Innocence and Grand Jury Prize winner Why We Fight. He singles out World Dramatic Grand Jury
Prize winner The Hero - an Angolese film
around which I've heard only a little buzz - as an example of the few fiction films theis year that suceeded "in
showing, with both clarity and subtlety, the impact of historical events on individual lives."
To read the rest of the article, and to watch Scott and Waxman's Movie Minutes, go visit The New York Times's special section of Sundance coverage.