Last night I finally saw an English-subtitled version of Pablo Lorrain‘s No, as opposed to the French-subtitled version I tried to roll with two or three days ago. Although not quite on the level of Costa-Gavras‘s Z, it’s nonetheless one of the smartest, well-layered and riveting real-life political dramas I’ve seen in ages. Now I understand the buzz (which was first passed along to me by MSN’s James Rocchi), and congrats to Sony Classics for picking up U.S. rights. A Best Foreign Language Pic Oscar nom seems highly likely.

For reasons too mundane to recount I haven’t time to bang out a review, but I will later. Tonight or tomorrow morning, one of those.