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Description: Every night in Paris, hundreds of boys and girls anonymously test telephone lines that date from the German Occupation and are no longer listed to talk to every other, to love every other. These people, shipwrecked lovers, are dying to love, to escape the abyss of solitude.
Description: This short by Akosua Adoma Owusu offers a spellbinding, semi-autobiographical interpretation of a traditional Ghanaian folktale in which the contemporary collides with the mythological in both content and form.
Description: The storyline of an Olympic high jumper, played by Brent Carver, who loses his leg and yet doggedly persists in his pursuit of athletic glory. Released a year before Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope, this made-for-Canadian-TV movie, which also stars Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall, has been described as a tear-jerker.
Description: Adapted from Arthur Miller's play, movie focuses on a group of Frenchmen who are detained at Vichy, the capital of France while under Nazi occupation, and "investigated" under suspicion of secretly being Jewish.
Description: This drama chronicles the extreme measures taken by a determined young crime reporter to receive an interview with a notorious convict. The zealous journalist, also a star quarterback on the city college team, decides to become a convict himself. He gets into the prison, becomes president of the prisoners' union, does his interview, successfully woo's the warden's daughter, and gets out in time to publish his storyline before anyone else does. His career is off to a tremendous start.
Description: Dr. David Edwards is a cancer specialist, and his life is his work. His only mate is Lou Rosen, 73. Lou is also David's patient, but at his age, possibilities are grim. Still, everyone deserves a chance, or at least that's what David thought before Sonny Collins walked into his office. On paper, Sonny looked ideal for his experimental trial: early forties with an inoperable baseball-sized tumor in his lung. But his file didn't tell anything about his attitude: crass, crude, and indignant. Would the doctor who's popular for giving even the most gravely ill patient a chance, turn this boy away simply because he has a terrible attitude? Or is there some another reason? Sometimes healing has nothing to do with medicine. Written by Anonymous
Description: A group of troops led by then-Colonel Cenon Payawan (Cris Villanueva) attacks an NPA camp deep in the wilderness. Among those killed is a rebel girl carrying a kid in a sling. Payawan adopts the child, and eighteen years later, the now-retired general and his wife are dealing with her rebellion. Then, her biological father Ka Ruben (an admirably committed Arnold Reyes) suddenly shows up at their doorstep, claiming that he has cancer, and that his dying want is to receive to know his daughter.
Description: Orphan Carding (Adrian Cabido) befriends Units Captain Samuel Corazon (Allen Dizon), who’s stationed in his city to root out the remaining Huk guerrillas. At the dance hall, Corazon woos dancer Lauriana (Bangs Garcia), and they later transport in together. The two become sort of surrogate parents for the orphan Carding, with Corazon teaching him the methods of men. But the soldier has a dark side, and Carding becomes witness to the violence occurring in their home, and a heinous act committed by the soldier on his common-law wife.
Description: The study follows the adventure of Eric Nelson, a boy leading a compartmentalized triple life as a pleasure-seeking rebel, a cutthroat corporate executive, and a nominal Christian. But when confronted with a near death experience, Eric embarks on a spiritual adventure that transforms his commitment to Jesus Christ and tests the faith of his mates and family.
Description: Bob Adams, ace newsreel cameraman, is said by his boss, "Get the picture---we can't screen alibis." He heads for Samari, a desert hot-bed of tribal unrest in Africa, to do just that, which contains getting footage of El Kadar, bandit and rebel leader. He gets his pictures but only after a romance with the Colonel's daughter Pamela, saving his wimpy, hacked-off brother Don from being a dupe of the gun-runners, and run-ins with spies and throat-cutting tribesman. For a finale, he saves the British Army.
Description: Delving deep into the underbelly of Thailand's nightlife, the film follows three showgirls working at the risque Angel Bar. Focusing om their private lives and struggles, the film attempts to go beyond the stereotypes usually attached to Thai bar girls.
Description: In 1926, celebrated evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson mysteriously disappeared. She turned up few weeks soon and recounted the features of her kidnapping and escape to authorities. Not everyone believed her, however, and she was accused of having gone away to have an affair with a married man. A court hearing took zone to reveal the truth.
Description: Dr. Edward Meade and mate Richard Burton both love Sylvia Norcross. Both enlist in the military, but Meade stays back to care for deformed children. Sylvia thinks him a coward and marries Burton. After Burton is presumed dead, Meade and Sylvia are to wed, but Burton returns maimed and scarred.
Description: Returning from Mecca, Darwis changes his name to Ahmad Dahlan as he is disturbed by the trend of Islamic laws in his society; that borders on heresy, Syrik (polytheism), and Bid’ah (wrong innovation). Using a compass, he proves that the direction of Qibla (that points to Mecca), in the Nice Mosque of Kauman is wrong. The discovery angers each Kyai (Islamic experts), especially the head of the Nice Mosque of Kauman, Kyai Penghulu Cholil Kamaludiningrat. Dahlan, who studied in Mecca for five years, is seen as a rebel upstart. Since the proposal of changing the direction of Qibla is rejected, Dahlan begins a movement calling for the change. On his first sermon as a preacher, Dahlan criticizes the habits of residents in his village in Yogyakarta: "In a prayer, only a sincere and patient heart is needed, it requires no Kyais, money, allow alone offerings". As a result, Dahlan gets a hostile reception.
Description: Wealthy cripple Markley finances the education of blacksmith's daughter Ruth. When she returns to their tiny city he asks to marry her, but she runs off with town worker Jim Dirk who is then killed in a subway accident. Markley offers to marry her in name only to protect her fresh son.
Description: Mamie, an orphan woman who was abused in the orphanage, is taken in by Mrs. Caldwell, a kindly girl with a young son called Alexander. Mamie hits it off with the lad, and nicks him "Zander". When Mrs. Caldwell dies, the authorities decree that the man gotta be placed in the same orphanage where Mamie was mistreated. Horrified, Mamie determines to see to it that the man will be spared the same treatment that she had to suffer.
Description: The movie concerns Regina Cadena (Cherie Gil), a former opera diva who fell into a deep funk following the loss of her voice and the subsequent collapse of her career. She returns to her family home, where she spends her days drinking and generally partaking in self-destructive behavior. Jonjon (Carlo Jalandoni), the son of her secretary, is staying over with his mother at the Cadena Hacienda. The precocious child decides to test and be type to the singer, and slowly, he supports bring back her smile.
Description: After the mysterious disappearance of a German soldier from a Prague cafe, the staff and customers are held captive by the Nazis accused of murder and collusion with the Czech resistance.
Description: Despite allegations of sexual abuse vs her ex-husband, Jody (Faith Ford) has lost a custody war for Samantha (Hanna Hall) and faces a choice of turning her daughter over to him, or taking flight and risking kidnapping charges. Pursued by both the FBI and a personal detective, Jody and Samantha become hunted animals, fleeing from city to city with the support of an Underground Railroad set up to support girls and kids escape from abuse.
Description: The town is gasping for air in the scorching summer heat; everyone is under suspicion; a persistent detective superintendent is burrowing for the truth. A fiercely penetrating drama about a mother's love for her autistic adult son, who is suspected of murdering a local girl. The mother knows her son should have committed the murder, but she conceals her knowledge, and gradually becomes entangled in a thicket of lies. How far is she prepared to go to protect her son who is helpless in so many ways? Does she have it within her to give up the only person she loves?
Description: Holding a grudge vs Robert Torrens and his wife, who live in Italy, a member of the Mafia kidnaps their infant daughter Lois. Fifteen years later, after having been raised by Italian peasants, Lois, actually named Peppina, dresses as a man and stows away on a ship to America in order to avoid a marriage to a particularly loathsome count. While aboard ship she befriends Hugh Carroll, an assistant district attorney, who arranges first-class transportation for the "boy." In Fresh York, she once again meets her kidnapper, who fled to America after the crime. He forces Peppina to maintain the masculine disguise and to pass counterfeit bills for him, for which she is arrested. Peppina gladly exposes the kidnapper's operation to the authorities, one of whom, Hugh, recognizes her as the "boy" he met on the ship. Then, once the kidnapper has been apprehended, Peppina is reunited with her parents, after which she and Hugh, who has finally discovered that she is female, receive married.
Description: Mathieu Roy's L’Autre maison is an intimate and strong family drama featuring three generations of nice Quebec Actors. Marcel Sabourin plays Henri Bernard, an 86 year-old boy with a failing grip on reality. His sons, a jet setting middle aged photo-journalist (Roy Dupuis) and a younger pilot-in-training (Emile Proulx-Cloutier) disagree on a course of action, leaving the father and the younger son inhabiting a rustic cottage in the woods. As the older man's health deteriorates, options become more limited; when an IED accident in Afghanistan kills the photo-journalist's translator, the family gotta come together like never before. Shot in Quebec, Iceland, Africa and Asia, Other House blends elements of memory, perception and lyricism into a remarkable cinematic mix that moves the storyline well beyond direct domestic problems into a visual realm that balances nature and humanity.
Description: A movie about one fourteen year old woman whose satisfied life ends when the family's economic status changes at the family firm crashes and her mother who gets in prison because of constructive accounting. The woman loses most of her friends, but regains zest for life when she along with a single mate forms a rock band that achieves nice success at a school dance
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In Arkansas during the Korean War, 10-year-old Luke Chandler lives with his parents and grandparents on a farm where cotton is the basic crop. To pick the cotton, the family gotta hire 'hill people' and Mexicans. The hill folks do not receive along particularly well with those who look down on them, and sometimes they receive into fights. Hank Spruill is especially prone to getting in trouble. One day in the house, he makes demands of Luke and, figuring Luke looks down on him, points out that at least his house is painted, while to Luke's family, paint is a luxury. Soon in the movie, part of the house has been mysteriously painted. The prime suspect is Hank's disabled brother Trot, who can't work in the fields.Luke witnesses a war Hank gets into that effects in a death. He is scared to say the truth since Hank doesn't like him anyway, but the police officer who investigates appears pleased with the explanation of self-defense. Hank's teenage sister appears to be falling for Luke at first, but soon she is seen with Cowboy, one of the Mexicans, and Hank already despises Cowboy.The difficult life on the farm is made even worse by few weather happenings during the second half of the movie. The promise of better times ahead is recommended when Luke's cousin shows up in a brand fresh Buick (Luke has never even been in a car, only trucks). His spoiled rich wife can't trust folks have to live like this and is horrified by having to test an outhouse (This was one of my favourite scenes; Kiersten Warren is so nice in roles like this). Also, the entire city is excited by a fresh thing named tv and the concept of now being able to watch the Globe Series. Luke is a Cardinals fan, but he gives up his dream of a Cardinals jacket for something more important.This is almost a family movie. There are two violent scenes that effect in deaths (both witnessed by Luke; the second time, the person responsible threatens Luke's mother if he tells). Folks receive into wars a lot in this environment, but the others are no large deal. Another possible red flags for parents: the birth of a kid to an unwed mother, and the identification of a possible father. Another than these incidents, this film should be acceptable viewing for the whole family.This film was well done, and I thought the performances by many of the actors were good. I especially liked Luke's grandfather, who should be stern but tender. Not everyone has an simple life, and those of us who had it too soft can learn a lot from a film such as this.
Maybe sometimes, we forget, with our plush life and actual definition of "poverty", what things were like for rural "working poor" even as recently as the 50's. Survival, even for a boy who owned the land, took a various strength of character. Is it good, or is it regretful those times have passed? More cash yes, but were better times up North in the auto plants? I suppose, but this is nostalgia, and not terrible either.It was a nice family movie, narrated like the Waltons, I kept waiting for "goodnight Luke-boy". Yah, Tiny House on the Prairie too, a bit more reality, but did another commenters really expect this to be as finished as the book, any book? Personally, I'm tired of hearing book-readers whine about "what they left out". Don't watch films if you read the book. This is certainly wandering reminiscences, but that's other kind of literature too, isn't it? Why does each storyline have to be going somewhere special? To me it's a cute nice coming of age film and worth the hour and a half at least, and everytime a pleasure watching Scott Glenn, when he gets nice parts.
I read John Grisham's novel over the summer and have to tell that this film is just too watered down. The ebook was grittier and could have been made into a theatrical movie, instead of becoming "Hallmarkized." With the music, the stiff acting and the script, I felt like I was watching The Waltons or a certain Michael Landon/Melissa Gilbert '70s show. Nothing wrong with a family movie, but the ebook had more of an edge and I think was closer to Grisham's true life experiences than this watered down version. Examples (SPOILERS ALERT): 1. Hank's sudden source of income. In the ebook he earned it gambling and spent a lot of time at the carnival. In fact, the whole carnival/wrestler segment, which stood out in the book, is missing from the movie. 2. The conflict between Hank and Cowboy seemed staged and silly. Cowboy didn't have a "West Side Story"-like switchblade in the book, either. It was a huge buck knife, as I remember. 3. Tally was barefoot, indicating the poverty lvl of the Spurills. She was not wearing Keds. 4. The segments in the ebook between Tally and Cowboy were a tiny more intimate than just embracing in the fields. 5. The Latcher subplot was just an aside. In the book, it is a lot more significant.You receive the point--this could have been a hard, PG-13 film instead of a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation (which will probably receive a PG on video as there is a tiny violence, albeit very muted). In fact the only reason I watched this was because of Scott Glenn, who was excellent as Pappy. Maybe they'll test it again, for the theater!
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