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Description: In the mountains of the Ötztal, the wealthy Fender (Eduard Köck) and Wally (Heath Hatheyer), his only daughter and heir, manage a tiny farm. He wants to marry the rich, but boring, Vincent (Leopold Esterle). Wally escapes to a mountain hut, where she lives alone and withdrawn. Her love belongs to the hunter, Joseph (Sepp Rist). When she unwisely takes a young vulture from its nest and is attacked by the mother, Joseph comes to her aid and from that mission on, she fondly calls him her "Geierwally". He also feels attracted to her, but Wally can't escape the feeling, that the young Afra is his mistress. Angry with jealousy, Wally announces that she'll marry the one who kills Josef. Vincent wants to earn her hand and is determined to slay the Geierwally. Just in time, though, the current relationship between Joseph and Afra is clarified.
Description: For a lifetime, Hedi Ohlsen subordinated her needs to the family. She raised a child, took care of the house and learned the unloved profession of dental assistant for the sake of her husband Johannes. And although John has left her for a younger one, Hedi still cares for her elderly mother-in-law Agnes. As this actually blesses the time and Hedi finally wants to begin her own life, suddenly her pregnant daughter Leonie is attacking at the door. She has quit, no cash and no father for the kid Hedi is to raise for her. Is the dream of late freedom back?
Description: Jonathan Harker, a true state agent, goes to Transylvania to visit the mysterious Count Dracula and formalize the buy of a property in Wismar. Once Jonathan is caught under his evil spell, Dracula travels to Wismar where he meets the pretty Lucy, Jonathan's wife, while a plague spreads through the town, actually ruled by death.
Description: Based on the real life storyline of a Thai who wishes to have a sex change operation to become a woman. to pay for this he enters the brutal globe of Thai boxing, un-nerving his enemies by performing a makeup app ritual before every fight.
Description: Meduzot (the Hebrew word for Jellyfish) says the storyline of three very various Israeli girls living in Tel Aviv whose intersecting stories weave an unlikely portrait of modern Israeli life. Batya, a catering waitress, takes in a young kid apparently abandoned at a local beach. Batya is one of the servers at the wedding reception of Keren, a young bride who breaks her leg in trying to escape from a locked toilet stall, which ruins her possibility at a romantic honeymoon in the Caribbean. One of the guests is Joy, a Philippine chore girl attending the happening with her employer, and who doesn't speak any Hebrew (she communicates mainly in English), and who is guilt-ridden after having left her young son behind in the Philippines.
Description: A bunch of young and impulsive zone cadets create their first true flight in zone and realize that the attack they suffered wasn't a training mission. They face the Opponent alone and have the possibility to save the world, and maybe to prevent the war? Can the cadets defeat the more experienced, stronger and much more evil enemy? (Written by Peter 'grin' Gervai )
Description: After finding out that her husband, Rudi, has a fatal illness, Trudi Angermeier arranges a trip to Berlin so they can see their children. Of course, the children don't know the true reason they're visiting -- and the catch is, neither does Rudi...
Description: Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the poor virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is actually the last human survivor in what is left of Fresh York Town and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out everyday radio messages, desperate to search any another survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone.
Description: Based on the life and career of legendary entertainer, Bobby Darin, the biopic moves back and forth between his childhood and adulthood, to say the tale of his remarkable life. Kevin Spacey did his own singing for Beyond the Sea, recreating Bobby Darin's vocal style with uncanny accuracy.
Description: Melissa follows her dream of becoming a dancer all the method to Fresh York Town but finds when she gets there that reaching her target might cost more than she is willing to sacrifice. In dire need of money, she becomes an exotic dancer in a strip club where a sinister love triangle puts both her heart and her life in danger.
Description: Two couples face the chance that their infant sons, both born on the same day, were inadvertently switched at the hospital, and a chain of revelations and decisions threatens both families.
Description: Thomas is the son of a prison warden. He falls for and seduces Martin, who is older and one of the prison inmates. After Martin is released, They test to build a relationship and a life together but, no one will leave them alone.
Description: The vice president is dead, and as the president makes his choice for a replacement, a secret contest of wills is being waged by a formidable rival. When Senator Laine Hanson is nominated as the first girl in history to keep the office, hidden agendas burst into a war for power.
Description: This dreamy tale revolves around the breaking up of Noah and Alma. Noah does not wish to allow go of the moment and calls on sweet memories of their time together. In turn Alma carefully steers the thoughts towards recollections of their bitter times as well.
Description: The architect Daniel Brenner is in his late thirties when he receives his first challenging and lucrative commission: to design a cultural center for a satellite city in East-Berlin. He accepts the offer under the condition that he gets to select who he works with. This way, he reunites with former colleagues and mates - most of them architects or students of architecture who have since selected a various profession due to private restraint or economic confinement. Together, they develop a idea which they hope will be more appealing to the public than the conventional and dull constructions common to the German Democratic Republic. However, their ambitious plans are once and again foiled by their conservative supervisors. As frustration grows, Daniel has problem keeping his career in balance with his family-life: his wife Wanda wants to leave for West-Germany.
Description: Rising young German leading boy Horst Buccholz followed up his award-winning performance in Sky Without Stars with his starring role in Die Halbstarken. The game translates to "The Half-Strong Ones", in reference to the film's juvenile-delinquent protagonists. Though virtually irredeemable, Buccholz's gang-leader hero is softened somewhat by his love for tenement woman Karin Baal. With the exception of Buccholz, most of the young toughs in the movie are nonprofessionals, exuding a raw energy that many "pros" should not emulate. Most of Die Halbstarken was lensed on zone in genuine gang-ridden urban neighborhoods.
Description: For ten years Lena Drömer has been traveling to Tuscany alone for four weeks each November - at least that's what her husband, the Protestant pastor Hermann, and her daughter believe. But this time it will be a adventure without return. Shortly after her departure Lena is killed in a bus accident near Bremen. Her death gives up Hermann Rätsel. Why did she die in the north, when she wanted to go to the south? When, as each year in November, a postcard from Lena arrives from Italy, Hermann sets off in find of the truth.
Description: Composer Gustav von Aschenbach, travels to Venice for health reasons. There, he becomes obsessed with the stunning beauty of an adolescent Polish man called Tadzio who is staying with his family at the same Grand Hôtel des Bains on the Lido as Aschenbach.
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Glorious mini-feature from the extraordinary Shane Meadows, which shows up the amiable, timid amateurishness of LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS for what it is. It has been the stated aim of directors like Scorcese and Tarantino to demythologise the gangster, to expose him as a mundane, pathetic human being, but it never works. Maybe the style is too vivid, maybe the iconography is too strong, but the gangsters in GOODFELLAS or PULP FICTION are vibrant, vital, even likeable, motors of these films, and it is their wit and inventive opportunism we remember, not their sticky ends.British cinema has had an easier time in deglamorising its gangsters, probably because the Krays et al are not very glamorous in the first place. They're seedy, brutal, unstylish, stupid, resolutely unexotic (US gangsters are generally Italian, a compelling, operatic founding myth to begin with). Very often British movies go the opposite direction, creating relentless narratives of grim, unloveable violence.SMALLTIME doesn't take either tack. Like Olivier Assayas, Meadows 'just' movies a group of ordinary folks as they live, folks like those you probably know, or might even be yourself. They're just a bunch of lads, living on their wits, mucking about, having a laugh, drinking, talking (not in the impossibly intelligent manner of Tarantino characters), brawling, having issues with their girlfriends. This should be anyone from a certain strata in British society: they just happen to be petty criminals.Petty is certainly the word. Much of the comedy comes from the very 'small time' nature of their activities. These are not the meticulously planned heists of US cinema: in one hilarious scene, they test to steal dog food, are confronted with an unexpected and bewildering array of choice, and not realising that they don't have to climb over a back-wall door to receive the stuff; in another, they now rob a car-boot sale! The main 'heist' is a sublimely bungled attack on a massage parlour, just because its owner made fun of the Begbie-style psycho, Jumbo.Actually, it's that scene, where Jumbo's childhood friend, a wonderfully weak-willed Paul Calf-alike, who is being constantly harrassed by his girlfriend to leave his wideboy mates, and goes with her to this masseur's house, that is the film's triumph, a masterpiece of Mike Leigh social comedy. What starts as exquisite awkwardness develops into a hilarious massage between the two men, a genuinely burgeoning relationship, and ends with a harm Jumbo intruding, betrayed, aggressive, humiliated by the masseur.For all its comedy, the movie is a dark work, and Meadows doesn't flinch from showing the casual brutality of this world, especially in the hero of Jumbo, played by the director himself. For all his macho bravado, he can't satisfy his missus, who resorts to (very funny) furtive engagements with a vibrator. His aggression starts as comic, and ends in disturbing (though unseen) violence, and it is his focal presence that prevents the movie from slipping into mere patronising observation.This doesn't mean that SMALLTIME is filmed with boring, typically British, naturalism. The casual, seemingly improvisatory air conceals style which is revelatory and supremely controlled - highly stylised, bringing out through colour and odd composition, the genuinely surreal in daily life; cool, remote, often in long-shot, allowing for critical distance (close-ups are rare); but also, through editing and handheld camera, giving a true sense of being in the thick of the action, sharing the characters' highs and lows.
It's a nice feeling when you 'discover' a nice film. Especially one that due to the nature of it's budget and distribution, only you and a handful of another lucky folks will ever see. Those were my thoughts after watching 'Small Time'. Costing only a couple of grand to make, and filmed on the roads of Nottingham, it follows the everyday ups and downs, mainly downs, of a group of mates scraping a day-by-day living by ducking and diving and stealing anything to hand. The storyline leads to a grand finale, but it's the interaction and the banter between the characters that makes this movie such a fun ride, they are fully believeable. The cast are mainly unknowns, but thats what probably makes the chemistry work. The melody is nice as well, two accoustic guitar tunes near the middle of the movie are fantastic, they sum up fully how the characters are really feeling. Purchase it and cherish it, Hollywood can hold all it's 'eye candy', this is proper movie making.
The another reviews amaze me. Didn't they see the poor wigs and hammy local college of performing arts acting. The characters appear to have been bought as a past-their use-by date job lot from Stereotypes-R-Us. Harry Enfields scouser family, appearing on TV around the time this was made, are now MORE believable as true people. This is partly due to the hideous legacy that is British DRAMA ACTING. From the days of Laurence Olivier right through to the BBC dramas of today there is the received wisdom of the correct method to act. The acting in this movie is like watching performing arts students having their first go at trying on wigs and costumes in order to portray the terrible but resilient folk of the forgotten council estate. It would appear that the script, too, was written by the council. Maybe the entire movie was a council film. It certainly looked and felt like it. Like others, I enjoyed This Is England, which is the nearest Meadows has got to being a shadow of Ken Loach, and Dead Man's Shoes had some nice moments (but a stupid ending). However, this, admittedly early, effort is terrible and doesn't deserve the nice reviews given by the several folks who were brave enough to sit through the entire thing. This is not the worst ever test of a BFI grant but it is among the worst portrayals of life on a council estate that relies heavily on wigs and stereotypes.
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