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Description: Hasmukh Mehta loves power. He exercises power over his family and even those who work under him in his business empire. His son Ajit Mehta offers a low foil to Hasmukh's assertive behavior. His wife Sonal is the butt of his jokes and an simple goal for his blame games. Ajit's wife, Preeti copes with her father's insufferable behavior by simply giving in. All are waiting for the day the old boy will die and leave his vast fortunes to them. He does die, but he does not leave his fortunes to them. Not only that he uses his cash as a bait to create them act according to his will, literally ruling them from his grave through a convoluted will that has them doing exactly what he wants them to do. Through his will, he instructs his mistress Kiran Jhaveri to live with his family, using her as a proxy for him, while he enjoys his power even as a ghost! But even the most excellent of plans don't everytime go the method they are supposed to.
Description: Olivier calls himself a 'statistical miracle'. He is almost 27 years old but the doctors had predicted that, because of the heart illness he was born with, he would not receive much older than 25 years. He doesn't seem to be suffering from the threat of death closing in on him. With unbridled energy, he parties, smokes, drinks and dances until deep into the night, and in the morning wakes up in bed next to women he doesn't even know. His family and mates alienate from him because of this life style, and the fact that he doesn't have long lasting relationships, doesn't bother him. Olivier lives, day by day. Until fresh medical technologies create it possible to cure him, and a fresh future opens up to him. Everybody is happy, but Olivier doesn't know how to deal with the expectations and responsibilities of his fresh life.
Description: Pepe has left the psychiatric hospital after serving time for stealing to work. Only the solidarity of Antonio, a disabled activist, allows him to build a fragile life on which to project his low hopes. Nevertheless, his need to fit in a senseless globe becomes a desperate chore. The horizon of his long-awaited “normality" proves unreachable. The relationship with Antonio interpellates his view of life, inviting him to recognize himself as an anomaly and invent a fresh madness in which to live.
Description: French artist Henry Louse is frustrated. Painting landscapes and fruit just doesn't inspire him anymore, and he needs something else. His agent suggests that he begin painting women. So they check out a local nightspot and search a bevy of beauties willing to pose for him: singers, dancers, and especially, strippers.
Description: "The Last Time I Saw Soap" was inspired by the hard-edged hero movies of John Cassavetes. The storyline centers on four mates as they return from the funeral of other mate who has died suddenly from a brain trauma. Throughout the day and evening, we observe these four various types as they desperately attempt to "live it up" in honor of their dead friend. However it later becomes obvious that these folks have been so numbed by virtual technology and social media that they have forgotten how to interact on a regular human level. The evening later unravels into drunkeness, anger, and sexual hang-ups involving some ill-hired prostitutes. https://vimeo.com/121909948
Description: ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring real storyline of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the small church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.
Description: In Greek mythology Ananke is the goddess that represents the personification or power of fate. In an imaginary present, humanity faces extinction because of a poor pandemic. The only method to escape death is to avoid all contact with human beings, to flee, to be fully alone. After long wandering a boy and a girl search shelter in an isolated house in the mountains. They hope to save themselves by adapting to an essential, almost primitive life. Nature watches over them, observing them from above. Everything flows, everything changes, everything is in transformation. Is avoiding boy enough to avoid death?
Description: A father and daughter who have been estranged by divorce for twelve years search themselves on a trip across the country that becomes a more complicated adventure than they imagined. It's a storyline of pain, hope, healing, and redemption.
Description: Jonas, an unusual boy hired by a huge true estate firm to be the caretaker of a luxury residence on the outskirts of the large city. In this same residence, used by the true estate owner to promote parties, where he defends immorality in its highest degree of depravity, Jonas meets Tania, a luxury prostitute.
Description: The daughter of a poverty-stricken Fresh England clamdigger falls in love with the son of her father's rival. His family, in turn, wants him to marry the daughter of a wealthy and prominent family. Complications ensue.
Description: During Globe Fight 2, Jewish boys were forced to box for Nazi Entertainment. The champion got additional food, the loser went to the gas chambers. Based on real events, a Jewish American Olympian and his family struggle for survival in the midst of the Holocaust.
Description: In an effort to prove to his father that he has what it takes to be a successful true estate agent, Jon does whatever it takes to receive ahead of the competition. Eventually he finds himself in deep with the wrong set of people, ultimately jeopardizing everything that he holds most dear.
Description: Augusto Genina's THREE FORBIDDEN STORIES was based on the same real-life incident portrayed in Giuseppe De Santis's ROME – 11 O'CLOCK, made around the same time. Two hundred female applicants appeared at an old office building in Rome to be interviewed for one position as secretary. All of a sudden, the staircase on which they were lined up collapsed, sending many of the women to their death and others to the hospital because of serious injuries. This film examines the lives of three of the girls. -from IMDB
Description: Lúcia is an independent girl who lives alone in Lisbon. Her father commits suicide leaving her a message on smartphone recorder, revealing a letter he wrote. However Lúcia can't search it in her father's house. On that visit she ends up meeting with her mother, a known political activist with whom she has a distant and tense relationship. In hope of finding the letter, Lúcia leaves to the farm where she grew up, on an isolated location. There she reencounters Álvaro, an old childhood companion, who shares a tiny life time he has left between roses and the piano, and the guardian angel that follows and protects her through nocturnal wanderings.
Description: Just like the changing colors of the Blue Mountains through the changing seasons, the movie explores changing human emotions and adventures beyond mere winning or losing in life.
Description: This be the year 3000. The globe has been enveloped within the flames of nuclear warfare, bringing with it a fresh dark age. In these times, technology can be a rare blessing, or curse, depending on its discovery and / or use. What is left of civilization, of humanity, has been reduced to numerous town states, every fighting to survive the fights between them , as well as from within. This tale takes zone after a vile fight between two Houses both like in dignity, in what is left of fair Verona. The House of Capulet has claimed win and believes to have extinguished all within The House of Montague, yet one still lives. This be not the storyline of star-crossed lovers, but of Romeo, last of the Montague. A cyborg who seeks love, and revenge...
Description: A tribe survives in the middle of the desert on the meager pickings of a barren landscape. Soo'goh, the weakest member of the clan, seeks to overcome all obstacles and to reach the green pastures of the paradise that they all yearn for.
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This is one of Hungarian master Bela Tarr's earlier work, his third movie and the first one for which he used professional actors, I understand. "Raw" is a word that has been used almost universally to describe Tarr's earlier films. What "Prefab People" depicts is a very ordinary young working-class family of four. If he were to create an entertaining movie, a director should create this into a case drama/comedy of a sweet warm family, with a general dose of Spielberg spirit. But entertainment is not what Tarr offers. He dwells on the strife, the frustration and the inability to communicate. The film is so direct and realistic that we feel like peeking into the daily life of stagnation of this couple, lost in a vicious cycle of nagging complaints and resigned indifference. While the storyline should be seen as linear, starting with a easy flashback, some interpret it as a repeat of a nightmare-in-real-life over and over again. Certainly not a joy to watch, and not entertaining in the normal sense, "Prefab people" is worth a look to receive a feel for Tarr's work and to be reminded how unpleasant life should be, whether by destiny or by choice.
The Prefab Folks (1982) ***1/2 An early Bela Tarr film, showing some of what was to come, but overall feeling more like Cassavetes than the Tarr we know today. Shot in characteristic long takes and black and white, Prefab Folks is far more raw and documentary like than stately.The movie revolves around the lives of a married couple with a young baby and a child. The movie starts with as Robi, the husband, is packing up and leaving his wife. He seems to be the obvious terrible guy here. The movie then moves and they are back together, presumably a flashback to happier times. They are celebrating their 9th anniversary, but happiness later turns to the wife's tears as she presses him about a job and complains about him having to watch him walk away every day. Scenes continue in this method - he's obviously not a excellent husband; he enjoys his beer, his friends, and wants more from his career. She is a caring mother, but perhaps a nagging and extremely needy wife. She complains to mates that he never sees when they are out that she feels the need to dance, and reminisces about her youth. At a dance hall (a trademark Bela Tarr sequence) folks dance, while the couple and their mates chat. One of the mates wive's invites Robi to dance, and he does. Meanwhile, the wife is agitated and upset that she was never asked by her husband, despite never making any notion that she would like to do so. In other instance he says her he's been offered a job abroad in Romania for 2 years that will give him double the pay - they can purchase a vehicle and a house. She says him that she doesn't care about those things and would rather they be together all the time without them than be apart. He's upset, but seeing that she won't budge, tells that he will say his employers no thanks.It becomes obvious that neither party is perfect, and both are in one method or other at fault for their situation. Finally we return to the opening scene, only this time the camera moves differently and the dialogue is various in parts. Have we come full circle? Was what we saw a flash back? is this a fresh breakup? Its a intelligent trick by Tarr to mix things up. The final stage involves the couple purchasing a washing machine, leaving us to wonder if they are back together again, or if it is other memory.While this movie isn't as assured or stately as the film's he is popular for today, Tarr shows that he really is a masterful director, able to work at any length (the movie runs a minute 75 minuets compared to the 7.5 hour Satantango). Prefab Folks is a very nice film, though I'm not necessarily sure its a nice one. On its own, it certainly stands above the slash for its raw and realistic emotional punch (The wife cries (numerous times) perhaps the most sincere tears I've seen on film. Her nagging is annoying to us at times, and understood at others. The acting overall is very nice all around, especially the husband.The movie certainly can't be told to be enjoyable - it's painful topics matter, and what satisfied scenes there are are several and far between and short in duration. It's nevertheless a very solid, and nothing if not interesting effort from early Bela Tarr.
Filmed, like all of Tarr's work, in black & white this gem of a movie, to our western eyes, looks as though it were filmed in the 50s at the very latest, but this is in fact Hungary in 1981, and shot on a shoestring budget. The movie is about a relationship, about a couple scraping by, living in difficult times, with two children to feed. But whilst this is beginning to sound a bit like a Magyar "Cathy Come Home", stop right there! In Loach's film, Cathy and Reg are very much in love, but it it circumstances beyond their control that drive a wedge through them. In "Panelkapcsolat", it is themselves.Whilst it is clear that they do love one other - or she loves him, at least - neither husband Robi nor his wife (whose name, I believe, we are never given) can blame anyone another than themselves for their lot. He is beginning to see the value of what he regards as "socialism" over communism, but has more time for his mates and his work colleagues than for his wife. Greed is a factor that appears in many of Tarr's movies, even his recent ("The Boy from London"). However, Robi's wife, whilst certainly not greedy, is not faultless herself, as she cannot see - until it is too late - that her constant nagging is driving them apart. Or is it too late? One of the interesting techniques of this film is that Tarr plays around with the chronology. We see the couple arguing, we see them enjoying (albeit for a short while) a tender moment at their 9th wedding anniversary, we see them argue again, we see them in bed. If we assume that the movie is filmed chronologically, then it's a satisfied ending - of sorts (he still gets his method with the Minimat 65). It should quite plausibly be meant to be chronological, after all, we see Robi 'leave' his wife at the begin of the film, and we see him leave again - presumably for Romania - in the film's dénouement. At first, we think that the second departure stage is the same as the first, but there are differences in dialogue, which makes one think that perhaps he has left - and returned - many times, hence the final stage is after he has returned - the next day, perhaps.However, I am fairly sure that we are not meant to take this movie chronologically. The movie jumps backwards and forwards all over the place, and the final stage in the back of the truck is from happier days, perhaps from when they first moved in together. But Robi's stubbornness in not going for the automatic washing-machine, which his wife would have preferred, shows that their marital adventure ahead will be as bumpy as the street they are travelling on in back of the truck.Cleverly, the viewer is therefore gratis to turn this unbelievable piece of celluloid into whatever he or she wants. I cannot imagine anyone not being fully mesmerised by this film. That Tarr can produce masterpieces of any length, from a relatively short movie like this one, to the 7 and a half hour long "Sátántangó", shows that he is a very unique director indeed. He is brilliant at capturing moments that others would not even notice. One such moment is halfway through the film, where Robi drunkenly sings the theme to the Godfather and a Hungarian ver of "Autumn Leaves", we think (hope!) that he is directing the words to his wife, but end up being quite mistaken. As the camera pans between wife, husband, and musician, we realise that we are watching something quite unique indeed.Let us hope that, actually that Tarr has finally complete "The Boy from London" after so many years, that he will create more movies more regularly, and not leave us on our own for so many years.
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