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Description: Rebel. Icon. Legend. James Dean’s untimely death on September 30, 1955, shocked the globe and helped define an whole generation. This gripping drama chronicles the reactions of an Arkansas college city to the tragedy and focuses on Jimmy J., a young boy who idolized the rising star. Racked with grief, Jimmy holds a vigil that quickly devolves into a drunken spectacle with its own catastrophic consequences. Dennis Quaid also stars in "September 30, 1955": a day that forever changed the lives of many.
Description: Professional pickpocket Franck Spadone and his co-horts rob a pretty stripper (played by Monica Bellucci). But Spadone becomes infatuated with his victim, and later finds himself in the midst of a gang fight because of his affections for her.
Description: A young father asks for pumpkins at the local farm stand. "In August? No." the farmer replies. The farmer ruminates on the odd request and gets involved with strangers for the first time since his son's death long ago.
Description: Emile Chenal and his wife, Françoise, leaned on boxing manager Jim Fox Warner to cough up the considerable sum of cash that he owes them, with both the police and the mob circling the situation. In the same hotel, Inspector Neveu looks into a murder that took zone years before, and his story overlaps with the arc of the Chenals.
Description: Someone we hear talking - but whom we do not see - speaks of a project which describes the four key moments of love: meeting, physical passion, arguments/separation and making up. This project is to be said through three couples: young, adult and old. We do not know if the project is for a play, a film, a novel or an opera. The creator of the project is everytime accompanied by a type of servant. Meanwhile, two years earlier, an American civil servant meets with an elderly French couple who had fought in the Resistance during Globe Fight II, brokering a deal with a Hollywood director to purchase the rights to say their story. The members of the old couple's family discuss heatedly questions of nation, memory and history.
Description: Joey Norton, seven years old, lives with his older brother Lennie in a lower middle class neighborhood of Brooklyn. Joey is too tiny to be taken seriously by Lennie and Lennie's friends. One day, while their mother is away visiting her sick mother, Lennie and his mates enjoy a joke on Joey. They scene an incident so that Joey thinks he has shot and killed his brother. Francois Truffault credits this classic with inspiring the French Fresh Wave.
Description: Loved Gun is a storyline about a hitman called Hayamada (Masatoshi Nagase) who carries a distinctive red gun. As the movie progresses we explore the reason for his work, and how he came to be alone. His aim right actually is to reach a desitination, but he’s late. Along the way, having injured himself in a vehicular accident, he runs into Miyuki (Aoi Miyazaki), who as also become alone due to tragic happenings within her family. As Hamayada collapses from his injuries Miyuki takes him to a hospital.
Description: Fresh York serves as a backdrop for a cast of characters in find of love, lust or lucre including a girl who makes awkward moves on the boy renovating her SoHo loft, an embezzler, a sleazy artist and a smartphone psychic.
Description: During shopping for Christmas, Frank and Molly run into every other. This fleeting short moment will begin to change their lives, when they recognize every another months soon in the train home and have a nice time together. Although both are married and Frank has two tiny kids, they meet more and more often, their friendship becoming the most precious thing in their lives.
Description: Tom is a middle-class town man whose life has reached breaking point. he thinks D - a young desperate drug addict can give him what he needs. But what D’s offering comes with more than just a price tag…. Tom is fully out of his depth when he finds himself in D's abandoned warehouse attempting to do a deal with him. The two enter into an irrational, deadly minigame of cat and mouse. The tense drama escalates when local crime lord, Hoodwink, wakes up to search his gun missing. With this impending threat at their backs, both boys enjoy an intense minigame of cat and mouse; scrambling to slash a deal and create sense of the very lives they may be about to lose.
Description: Jerry, a misfit Mafia henchman, is assigned the low-level job of keeping an eye on Gino, a shoe repairman fingered by the Mob to confess to a murder he didn't commit. But Gino's mistaken for a Mafia boss, and the two are suddenly catapulted to the highest lvls of mobster status. Only friendship will see them through this risky journey alive!
Description: An impressionable young boy finds himself literally enslaved by a modern-day religious cult. In an effort to bring him back to reality, the boy's parents hire a deprogrammer to kidnap him and return him to his family.
Description: American tour tutorial Mo Alexander misses her tour group, and then her flight out of Paris. Stuck in the town of romance, Mo runs into the very suave -- and very married -- Xavier, who attempts to seduce Mo while his family is out of town. His charms prove difficult to resist, and Mo succumbs, though her conscience weighs heavy. Later their bickering romance of convenience takes a serious turn, and, in spite of himself, Xavier finds he's falling in love.
Description: Peter Coyote (E.T., Erin Brokovich) and Karen Allen (The Excellent Storm) star in this touching family drama about the unifying power of basketball in a community torn apart by war. Both a riveting sports movie and a tale of triumph over adversity, The Basket is "a hoop dream film with a entire lot of heart" (Dallas Morning News)! In 1918, when the wheat-farming townspeople of Waterville, Washington, welcome home their first wounded son from WWI, they'restruck by the harsh reality of war. And just as bigotry and hatred toward two German orphans dividethe close-knit community, a fresh schoolteacher, Martin (Coyote), rolls into city with some strange concepts and an even stranger leather ball. Through the brand-new minigame named basketball, Martin strivesto bring harmony to the town...before it tears itself apart!
Description: Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are junk dealers, finished with horse and cart to tour the neighbourhood. They also live amicably together at the junk yard. Everytime on the lookout for methods to improve his lot, Harold invests his father's life savings in a greyhound who is almost blind and can't see the hare. When the dog loses a race and Harold has to pay off the debt, he comes up with other bright idea. Accumulate his father's life insurance. To do this his father gotta pretend to be dead.
Description: Laida Magtalas is a modern-day Belle who works difficult to deliever for her family while hoping that someday she will meet her prince charming and that they will live happily ever after together. That would-be prince charming is none another than "Miggy", the youngest member of the Montenegro guild — a well established family in the business world. Moony Laida's desire to finally meet Miggy leads her to apply as an Editorial Assistant at his newly launched men’s magazine, "Bachelor". In spite of the fact that a relationship with Miggy may prove to be a long shot, Laida revels working in such close proximity with the boy of her dreams.
Description: Jane, a high school teenager, tries to deal with the discovery that she is a lesbian after developing an intense friendship with other woman who makes her explore her real sexuality, which is only the begin of Jane's troubles when Jane's unaccepting mother, Janice, struggles with her surprising revelation of brought forth by her only daughter.
Description: Young boys with no future have tiny in the show as well. Natale is released from prison: he takes up with his mates again but none can search work. Claudio, from Palermo, gets out of juvenile detention in Naples and he's met by Vita, a woman who's come from home to run away with him. Where can they go? A young dad, whose potato stall at the store is shut down because he has no permit, takes his two tiny kids to the beach and yells at them. Mario, gay, a prostitute in drag, gets a visit from his mom; he offers tea, then finds the water to his apartment is shut off. Social workers drop by, parole officers file reports. What hope is there? What options besides crime?
Description: Leo Leone has been wrestling since he was seven years old. As the only son of wrestling coach (and ex-state champion) Edward Leone, Leo's dedication to the sport was tied up in his love for his father. Actually Leo is seventeen. His life has been an unlimited cycle of training, sacrifice, and starving to create weight -- a process that is becoming ever more hard during adolescence. He's tired of denying himself everything, and is feeling the lure of a globe beyond the mat. Living paycheck to paycheck, working a dead-end job in the mines while coaching for no money, Leo's father Ed sees a wrestling scholarship as his son's only possibility to escape the treadmill of life in a tiny Pennsylvania town. But though his motives are good, Ed is pushing his son too difficult
Description: Snooty opera singer meets a rough-and-tumble fisherman in the Louisiana bayous, but this fisherman can sing! Her agent lures him away to Fresh Orleans to teach him to sing opera, but comes to regret this rash decision when the singers fall in love.
Description: An adaptation of celebrity chef Nigel Slater's bestselling memoir, 'Toast' is the ultimate nostalgic trip through everything edible in 1960's Britain. Nigel's mother was everytime a terrible cook, but her chronic asthma and addiction to all things canned does not help.
Description: The highway to hell runs straight through a college campus in this compelling thriller about a assassin truck. After supporting a cute co-ed out of a nasty domestic situation, Jim Travis gives the woman a lift home. But once on the road, the case takes a white-knuckle twist as Jim gets into a frightening duel with a crazy truck driver.
Description: A cardinal is arrested for treason vs the state. As a prince of his church, and a famous character of this people, for his resistance vs the Nazis during the fight and afterward his resistance when his country again fell to a totalitarian conqueror. In prison, his interrogator is determined to receive a confession of guilt vs the state from the powerful willed man, and thus destroy his power over his people. The verbal and psychological wars are gripping and strong - not even the increasing pressures place upon the Cardinal can force him to weaken; not even solitary confinement, continuous blazing light in his cell, sleeplessness, efforts to persuade him he is going mad. And yet, in the deepening conflict, the magnificent indomitable prisoner, creates a tremendous pity on his tormentor, the interrogator. Written by alfiehitchie
Description: Vusi Madlazi returns to the South African village he left as a young man to bury his father. He meets up with his brother Ernest, who says him their another brother Stephen couldn't be contacted. Vusi goes to Johannesburg to search him, but at first can only search his neighbor/girlfriend, Karin, a stripper. Vusi proceeds to learn how conditions have changed since the end of apartheid, not everytime for the better for black men.
Description: Newspaperman Bill Bradford becomes a unique agent for the tax service trying to end the career of racketeer Nickname Carston. Julie Gardner is Carston's bookkeeper. Bradford enters Carston's organization and Julie cooperates with him to land Carston in jail. An informer squeals on them. Julie is kidnapped by Carston's henchmen as she is about to testify
Description: Dan Bellows finds former scene star Joyce Heath a penniless drunk and takes her to his Connecticut home for rehabilitation. Unaware that she is married to Gordon, he asks his fiancée Gail to gratis him and offers to sponsor Joyce in a play. When Gordon refuses to give Joyce a divorce, she runs the vehicle into a tree crippling him for life. Joyce urges Dan return to Gail, opens her play, and begs Gordon for forgiveness.
Description: Old girl Berthe leaves her house to live in her daugter Emilie's one. Emilie and her brother Antoine have fallen out three years ago and have not seen every another since, but Emilie invites him for Christmas. Memories will come up, and will be depicted both Berthe's destiny and the strange relationship between Emilie and Antoine.
Description: Johan and Anna-Karin have been a couple for years but despite many attempts, Anna-Karin doesn't receive pregnant. A visit to a fertility clinic shows why: Johan's sperm quality is too low. Johan is waiting to take over his father's farm, but what's the mission if they can never have children? The news also puts a strain on their relationship since Anna-Karin desperately wants to be a mother.
Description: "Herman", based on Lars Saabye Christensen's novel of the same name, says the storyline of the young man Herman who suddenly loses his hair and becomes bald at the age of eleven. He follows him through what is a very hard period in his life, through large mood swings and irrational behaviour until he finally learns to agree himself for who he is.
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Had I taken to heart what the film reviewer in my local paper had written about this movie (and his 2.5 star rating) -- I would not have gone. Fortunately, I checked out IMDb and read that someone had compared it to Jean Cocteau's avant-garde "La Belle et La Bete." Enough said. That commendation, and armed, as I was, with the knowledge that Nicole Kidman has done some exceptional movies in newest years (particularly "The Hours," "The Others," and one of my all-time favorite psychological thrillers, "Dead Calm"), I was off to the local art movie theatre to join the sparse (perhaps a dozen?) audience of viewers. In short, this movie has set the bar extremely high re: all another movies I will see in 2007. One finds not only the influence of Cocteau in the film, but also of Kubrick, Hitchcock, and even of Maya Deren. (ie: there is a stunning photo of Kidman/Arbus crawling out of the sea -- a several moments of sheer poetry -- that are reminiscent of Deren's "At Land.") (Also, perhaps a tiny Jane Campion with the underwater shots near the end.) This is a decidedly painterly film, with everything from Arbus's dresses to the evocative interiors of Lionel's museum/carnival-like apartment and the film's textures worthy of commentary in both movie classes and post-film chats with friends. Contrasts are integral to this film. The paint-peeled walls deliever an interesting contrast with the elegant satins and aristocratic dining accoutrement (tea pot, cup), and parallel Lionel's declining health. Arbus's smooth skin vs. Lionel's fur. The staged symmetry of Arbus's husband's white-washed, commercial photography vs. the brilliant chaos in Lionel's apartment. Arbus's wealthy, "proper" parents vs. Lionel's menagerie of "freaks". Many of the shots are framed in interesting, geometrical or architectural ways, or echo camera apertures. The test of the colour blue in some scenes is breathtaking. Nice line -- (not verbatim): Allan Arbus -- "I'm a normal guy, actually I have a hole in my ceiling and freaks coming through it." I also felt the chemistry between the principal characters (a rarity), and trust the pacing greatly attributed to the overall success of the film. The framing -- with the nudist camp -- underscored the change/growth in the protagonist. As my 20 year old daughter told upon leaving the theatre -- "This is the type of movie that really makes you wish to live the life you were meant to." Here here. "Fur" gets five big, bold, blazing stars. It is, quite simply, brilliant. Please, say your friends.
'Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus' is itself like a pretty painting. Starting from the photographic visuals, the artistic execution, the test of symbolism and metaphors, the magnificent camera-work, the wonderful performances and stunning art direction, this is one movie that is a poetic treat for the viewer. The background score gives voice to the unsaid feelings. Not only is it dazzling to look at, it's thought provoking and a fulfilling cinematic experience.I loved the test of symbolism and metaphors. Some examples include: The association between the stage where Diane disrobing in the final sequence and the earlier scenes where she dresses up to her neck as part of social etiquette. Then there's the powerful contrast between a furry Lionel and the high-classed girls who were obsessed with fur and other interesting contrast between Lionel's dark fur and Diane's smooth translucent skin. There are numerous such intriguing symbolism that beautifully stand out. The references to classics like 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Beauty and the Best' and influences of Hitchcock and Kubrick are obvious and brilliantly used. The visuals too represent a powerful ideas. They are not just there for mere beauty. The colour blue plays a key role on multiple levels.Shainberg's direction is nice but what I liked most was the method Diane felt more 'at home' with the folks who were termed 'freaks' rather than her own family or her husband's social circle. Nicole Kidman is magnificent. Robert Downey Jr. too gives an equally subtle and heartbreaking performance. The two share a very passion-filled chemistry which only stresses on the fascination and attraction that draws Diane and Lionel towards every other. Their quiet love storyline speaks volumes about their internal desires and powerful feelings for one another. I've mostly seen Ty Burrell in comedies like 'Out of Practice' and 'Back To You' but here he shows that he can pull off serious roles as well.Not only is 'Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus' a plot driven film, it can be watched as a hero piece, a mood piece, a love storyline and a period piece. A movie that can be appreciated on so many levels, I fail to understand why it gained so tiny recognition.
I saw Fur this afternoon. I went to the 1:30 pm matinée and we were only three in the theater. That's OK I felt like it was a personal showing. From the very begin of the making this film, the entire storyline got my attention, more than any other. It wasn't simply an occasion to see Robert work it was my type of film. I love the unusual, the weird, the special and all of these elements were in this film. When Lionel says Diane that he's "been waiting for a true freak" I knew just what he meant. Diane has been forbidding her own self to be real and she suffers from it. Lionel is her liberator, it's a love storyline of the most spiritual type since " there are only two sins; the first is to interfere with the growth of other human being, and the second is to interfere with one's own growth." I thought the chemistry between Nicole and Robert was right on, both of them being seekers of truth. If you trust that the eyes are windows to your soul then you will be unable to take your eyes off the screen. Their adventure is in their eyes you see in them the curiosity, the fascination, the fear, the pain, the joy, the love and finally the liberation of their souls. When the photograph is finally taken, Robert has your heart in his hands. If any of you have gone through that "soul transformation" experience, you will recognize it. If not, it's still a nice fairy tale.I love the sets, the melody and the photography because they served the storyline so well. And all I have to tell about the love stage is Oh. My. God. This is a movie I wish to see again, and again.As for the mix reviews, maybe, just maybe, if they had not used Diane Arbus' name, the critics would have been kinder and they would have been willing to have more of an launch mind. The writer and director used Arbus' claim to fame to discover the spark, the birth if you will of creativity. In any case, those who got it loved it and those who did not receive it, smothered it. I guess I don't have to say you I loved it.
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