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Description: A romantic drama about a tight-knit group of college mates who graduated from NYU the year of 9/11 and reunite years soon for a weekend wedding in Georgia. Unresolved conflicts and love affairs spark again.
Description: "House of America" is a 1997 movie directed by Marc Evans. The film, set in a depressed Welsh mining town, centres on a dysfunctional family unit of brothers Boyo and Sid, their sister Gwenny and their controlling mother. The movie tackles problems such as Welsh identity, its need for indigenous heroes and the nation's perceived inferiority complex.
Description: A young boy tries to revive his parents' wilting marriage in a special manner - travel to the 1970s when their romance was budding and create it bloom. This is more complex than he expects.
Description: The Lord of Lords is the Best Storyline Ever Said as only Cecil B. DeMille should say it. In 1927, working with one of the largest budgets in Hollywood history, DeMille spun the life and Passion of Christ into a silent-era blockbuster. Featuring text drawn directly from the Bible, a cast of thousands, and the nice showman’s singular cinematic bag of tricks, The Lord of Lords is at once spectacular and deeply reverent—part Gospel, part Technicolor epic.
Description: The comfortable everyday routines of aging Parisian actor Gilbert Valence, 76, are suddenly shaken when he learns that his wife, daughter, and son-in-law have been killed in a vehicle crash. Having to take care of his now-orphaned grandson, he struggles to go on with his lifelong acting career like he's used to. But the roles he is offered -- a flashy TV present and a hectic last-minute replacement in an English-language movie of Joyce's Ulysses -- finally convince him that it's time to retire.
Description: Daphne and her four kids test to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a possibility to heal their 'broken wings'.
Description: Based on true events, 17-year-old Johnny García becomes involved with four older thugs who are planning to rob a money-laundering business masquerading as a video store. As they test to escape, a swarm of exploitative media attention awaits.
Description: A storyline said quietly of Vincent a welder at a huge and seemingly toxic plant along the Rhône, living in a village with his sons, wife, and mother, telling tiny to every other.
Description: This is a remarkably subtle film–a hero study that focuses on Mitya’s attempts to cope with every fresh startling phase of discovery. At first he mourns for his dead wife, but then he discovers that he didn’t really know her.
Description: In Naples, in the Second Globe War, the wolf businessman Domenico Soriano meets the seventeen years old whore Filumena Marturano in a brothel during an allied bombing. Two years later, in the post-war, they meet every another by possibility and start a long affair. For twenty-two years, Filumena is his mistress and administrates his stores in Naples while Domenico is traveling. When Domenico decides to marry the young cashier of his bakery, Filumena lures him as if she were near to death and he marries her. Soon he annuls their matrimony, and she says him that she has three sons that she raised secretly, one of them is his legitimate son but she does not disclose his identity. The middle-age Domenico uses the most various subterfuges trying to search which teenager might be his son.
Description: Four folks are affected by one man's disappearance: Lucette, his wife, who anxiously awaits his return; Louis, a young father whose relationship with his wife is going through confusing times; Chantal, a hotel receptionist who dreams of sharing her life with someone else; Marcel, an ex-gambler confronted by the realities of aging.
Description: The L.A. police search two bodies in a fancy house and suspect the wife of one victim. Dr. Ellis, a hypnotherapist, takes her back in time; with the police listening, a pattern of spousal abuse emerges. When every trance ends, however, the woman, Carolyn Walker, wonders if those repressed memories are true. Dr. Ellis tutorials her through her trial, testifies himself, and continues treatment after the verdict is in. Carolyn's memory and well-being receive worse after the trial, not better. She misses some therapy sessions, and Dr. Ellis comes to see her at home. Snatches of memory come and go. Can he support her remember what really happened? Are the cops pleased justice has been done?
Description: The tomboyish, outgoing Julieta is the daughter of a member of the Palmeiras soccer club board. She is constantly frustrated by what she sees as institutional bias vs girls in soccer. One day while watching her beloved Palmeiras, she is struck by a handsome man, Romeu, that she sees rooting for the Palmeiras' chief rivals, the Corinthians. After meeting the same boy again in the middle of eye exam, Julieta and Romeu quickly become a couple. However, in order to avoid incurring the wrath of her parents, Romeu is forced to pretend to be an adoring Palmeiras fan, an increasingly hard task for the die-hard Corinthiano.
Description: The movie takes zone in 1973 during the Yom Kippur Fight in which Egypt and Syria launched attacks in Sinai and the Golan Heights. The storyline is said from the perspective of Israeli soldiers. We are led by Weinraub and his mate Ruso on a day that starts with quiet town streets, but ends with death, destruction and devastation of both body and mind. Different scenes are awash in the surreal, as Weinraub's head hangs out over a rescue helicopter's launch door, watching with tranquil desperation as the world passes beneath, the overpowering whir of the blades creating a hypnotic state. It is not a traditional blood, guts and glory film. There are no boys in battle, only the rescue team trying to pick up the broken pieces.
Description: In Russia at the turn of the century, a wealthy Jewish merchant enjoys the greatest of relations with his Russian neighbours, while his respected home forms the obvious social centre of the whole community. However, the atmosphere grows more tense as the local authorities come under pressure to fall in line with the officially sanctioned anti-Semitic disclaimers of the Tsarist Government. The village elder is one of our hero's greatest mates and together they seem to search a method to outwit these evil intentions but unfortunately they fail to understand what forces they are dealing with in a country where anti-Semitism is state policy.
Description: Pretty young Daisy feels stuck working as a shopgirl by day and caring for her ailing mother by night. A suicide gone wrong leaves Daisy wrongly imprisoned, while the neighbor whose testimony place her away struggles with guilt. A tongue-in-cheek homage to 1950s women-in-prison films.
Description: In Turkey, when a girl is sent to prison, her tiny kids stay with her. In this film, Inci (say "Injee") is sent to prison for murder in self-defense (which warrants incarceration in Turkey), and while there, develops a unique friendship with a tiny man who is the son of other inmate.
Description: Jeff Hannon (Wilk) from the forever away globe of Cincinnatti, Ohio has stumbled upon what he believes to be a 25 year old murder in a tiny Texas town. His ceaseless nightmares compel him to drive to the middle of nowhere city of Bueford, Texas to enlist the local authorities (Asner, Keenan) to support solve the murder mystery and forever place an end to the voices that haunt him. Hannon's own fate later becomes entwined with the dusty town's long forgotten history.
Description: Still reeling from the painful breakup of his marriage to screen siren Rita Hayworth, iconic filmmaker Orson Welles (Danny Huston) makes his method to Rome, where he gets pulled into a tangled political plot involving murder and mysterious motives. A pretty actress (Paz Vega) proves a tempting distraction. But if they wish to stay alive, Welles and his young Italian driver (Diego Luna) need to stay focused.
Description: "Night Games" - Jan wars impotence (literal and symbolic) and anguished childhood memories in a decadent Swedish castle where risqué parties and daring scenes defy 1960s' film censorship, reaffirming the ground-breaking role of Swedish movies in supporting advance adult, sexually concerned themes in international cinema.
Description: Athens 1966. Dimitris, 13, unexpectedly loses his father. Seeing his pampered mother collapse, the man gets carried away and decides to skip childhood in order to stand by her. When he feels ready, he has to claim his mother back from an up-and-coming star of the military regime. A brutal coming-of-age story, where Dimitris reacts in vengeance, changing thus the course of Greek history...
Description: Laura, a girl of a certain age with full grown kids who, by all indications could be leading a nice life, but actually, she appears to have none. She comes from a wealthy family. Laura has made herself a lawyer with a great practice. Her placid existence comes to an abrupt stop when a young motorcyclist suffers an accident almost in front o her. Laura is made to take the youth to the hospital. The incident will change the method she looks at things. Laura becomes obsessed with the young boy that was almost killed.
Description: Meet the denizens of Fresh York City: artists, prostitutes, saints, and seers. All are aspiring toward either fame or oblivion, and hoping for love and acceptance. Instead they search high rents, faithless partners, and dead-end careers.
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Description: Based on Pat Barker's novel of the same name, 'Regeneration' says the storyline of troops of Globe Fight One sent to an asylum for emotional troubles. Two of the troops meeting there are Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, two of England's most necessary WW1 poets.
Description: Following the banning and burning of his novel, "The Rainbow," D.H. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda, transport to the United States, and then to Mexico. When Lawrence contracts tuberculosis, they return to England for a short time, then to Italy, where Lawrence writes "Lady Chatterley's Lover."
Description: Andrew Crocker-Harris is an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British prep school. After nearly 20 years of service, he is being forced to retire on the pretext of his health, and perhaps may not even be given a pension. The men regard him as a Hitler, with some justification. His wife Laura is unfaithful, and lives to wound him any method she can. Andrew gotta come to terms with his failed life and regain at least his own self-respect.
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Description: An alcoholic Bosnian poet sends his wife and daughter away from Sarajevo so they can avoid the troubles there. However, he is later descended upon by a pair of orphaned brothers. The brothers have escaped a massacre in their own village and have come to the Bosnian capital in find of a long lost Aunt. The poet befriends the men and together they test to survive the horror of the siege of Sarajevo.
Description: After serving in the military for more than twenty years, including a tour of duty in Vietnam, Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer (Glenn Close) had seen her share of battles. But nothing should prepare her for the war ahead: an intensely private struggle vs the U.S. Units when she becomes the highest ranking officer ever to be discharged for being a lesbian. With the help of her partner Diane (Judy Davis), Cammermeyer undertakes an against-all-odds war vs the Army's policy. But to do so, she gotta risk everything – her career, her policy and even the love of her family.
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THE HAPPY ENDING might not seem unique today, and may well seem very dated in some ways, but we gotta remember this is the pre-DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE era. I'm sure the movie seemed pioneering in its day, questioning the role of the traditional housewife and demanding that girls are entitled to the same satisfaction and autonomy that boys expected. Writer-director Richard Brooks often dealt with social problems and political themes--that he took on women's problems is no surprise. The movie is especially an acting tour-de-force: Jean Simmons as the unsatisfied woman; John Forsythe as the non-understanding but well-meaning husband; Teresa Wright as Simmons' mother; Dick Shawn and Tina Louise as a miserable couple; Shirley Jones as the girl who survived by having affairs with married men; Lloyd Bridges as a married boy with Jones as his mistress; Bobby Darin as a lost and lonely gigolo looking for that one large score. I was also impressed by the film's structure--with two parallel stories a year apart and different flashbacks all presented in such a method that the features of the relationship's coming apart are given to us a tiny at a time, and we are gradually brought to the mission where we understand WHY the show state has become what it is. It's quite well-paced and creates tension throughout. Also, the unexpected and non-traditional ending is perfect. It's tempting to wonder what these rich folks are whining about when folks in the same community are working two jobs, sixteen hours a day, or starving, or dying of cancer, but Ms. Simmons' performance makes us care about and sympathize with her character. The movie would perhaps also be of value as an educational software for future generations who wish to understand the ending of the pre-feminist era. Those who play the teaming of stars Jean Simmons and Shirley Jones and director Richard Brooks could also check out his perfect movie ver of Sinclair Lewis' ELMER GANTRY. Those who know Shirley Jones only from The Partridge Family might be shocked to see what a fine dramatic actress she is!
Pauline Kael, movie critic for the Fresh Yorker, quipped about this film, "It's the type of liberation film that never liberated anyone." That's a intelligent line, but it isn't exactly true. Writer-director Richard Brooks shows the upwardly android as stiff dullards with drinks in their hands, the upper middle class as stifling bores. There's wry wit in these vignettes, but the problem with Brooks' movie is the central character. As played by Jean Simmons, she's one of those bored and lonely housewives who desires MORE! Simmons is repressed of her emotions, yet even when she makes her escape, she's still a pinchy drag. The helping characters aren't written any better, but the performers themselves are more interesting: Bobby Darin is terrific as a phony gigolo, Tina Louise perfect as an acerbic society wife, Shirley Jones lovely as a single girl trying to remain casual about her married lover. John Forsythe gives his standard controlled performance as Simmons' confused spouse (he doesn't know how to reach her, which is a sympathetic quality since we don't either). The game means to say us that we create our own satisfied endings--that we can't search them through another people--and the final stage between husband and wife is a tricky tiny chess-move that leaves us up in the air. I liked many things in "The Satisfied Ending", but its parts are better than the sum. **1/2 from ****
When I first saw THE HAPPY ENDING, back in 1970, I was blown over by the film's sensitive portrayal of an unhappy housewife trying to decide what to do with her life. I took family and mates to see it and most folks liked the film, finding it unusually frank as a portrayal of a failed marriage. I still search THE HAPPY ENDING very good. It is aesthetically rooted in the late sixties but that does not diminish its essential value. The all-star cast is perfect (Jean Simmons, John Forsythe, Teresa Wright, Nanette Fabray, Shirley Jones, Bobby Darin, Lloyd Bridges, Tina Louise) and Jean Simmons might have shared the Oscar with Maggie Smith that year. Both actresses deserved to obtain acting honors for their respective roles. I love the jazzy melody score by Michel Legrand; Marilyn & Alan Bergman's pretty song-theme for the movie is a perennial favourite of mine as far as romantic songs are concerned. All in all, I will everytime have a unique zone in my heart for THE HAPPY ENDING.
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