Bound, 4, Wachowski brothers
I loved this movie, but as you read below the official critics are a bit more careful. But it is simply fun. The brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski, former building workers from Chicago, are not your sensitive type. Their directing début Bound is a politically incorrect film that should not be screened at a culturally-
First movie, seen at a sneak preview is the Pillow Book of Peter Greenaway.
Although a bit experimental, the movie is worth seeing. The way of filimg is innovative, with more frames on the screen. It's most efficient, because otherwise the movie would take twice as long. Even the story can be understood, which is rather exceptional with this type of films. The story deals with the habit of a Japanese girl of painting bodies and even write whole books on them. One lover cannot stand she is writing books on other fellows, although he himself has a homosexual relation with her publisher.
The inside look by a western person in Japanese and Chinese culture is done surprisingly well.
La promesse (The Promise Jean-
Seen at the opening evening and worth going. Especially the end is impressive. Igor (15) divides his time between building a go-
about the director(s) (over de regisseurs) Jean-
Saw this movie at the opening evening. The film is part of the trilogy 'Urban attitudes', that started with Stand Up, Don't Grovel! (1993) (screened in Rotterdam in 1994) and was followed by Back to Back, Face to Face (1994). Part three, Signal Left, Turn Right, is more a collection of gags and situation sketches than a plot-
about the director(s) (over de regisseurs) Huang Jianxin (1954, Xi'an) served in the army, worked as photographer and was on the staff of a literary magazine.
Few stars seem so good-
But most important, during the concluding press conference Jackie Chan announced that he will take part of his next movie in Rotterdam. A big honour as this guy is a as popular as Stallone and Eastwood together in the west. He also told a lot about his suffering in making this movie. The dangerous man-
Great and sensitive movie. Primo is chef and co-
Complicated tiresome slow movie, Typical eastern european and trying to cope with the period of communism. But as the critics say: The film is full of newsreel footage from the time of Stalinism and the Third Reich that are cut very ingeniously through the feature fragments. With a typical mixture of aversion and affection, irony and amazement, Kovalov manages to evoke the insanity of this period. So probably brilliant, but I missed it.
American Short Stories (Norma's Lament, The Debutantes), 31-
When Norma, obviously the shorty among her group of girlfriends, first embarks on a sexual affair, a lyrical journey of fantastic proportions starts for the viewer focusing on sex, love and betrayal. etc
A young man and his girl face approaching adulthood. Both have lost their parents during the military dictatorship in Argentina. Their lives become entangled with a group of people representing the diversity in a large city like Buenos Aires. They try to find out what happened to their parents, but the only answer that the city has to offer comes in the form of an allegorical tale. Stories intermingle in encounters and are linked through the confusion, loneliness and nostalgia of the city dwellers. Alejandro Agresti, a versatile and productive cameraman/film-
Love and Other Catastrophes is the début film by Emma-
Funny soap opera, Sant'Ana do Agreste, a small village in Bahia, is waiting tensely for Tieta (Sonia Braga). She left 26 years ago after she had compromised herself sexually. After her departure, she only kept in touch with her family and the village through letters and cheques. Tieta is now the rich widow of an industrialist from Sao Paolo, and is accompanied by Leonora, a pretty yet sad girl whom she introduces as her step-
In Small Time, petty criminal Malc and his mate steal anything they can lay their hands on: dog food, home-
The long career of Arturo Ripstein is characterised by uncompromising, controversial films centring on moral conflicts. Profundo carmes¡ is a dark, disturbing film full of black humour, a beautiful photography, excellent acting and impeccable directing. The story is based on facts. Coral Fabre, a young and sensual nurse, brings up two children in Mexico in the late forties. In a magazine she sees a small ad placed by Nicolas Estrella. On the spur of the moment, Coral writes to Estrella, better known as Nico. When they meet, they turn out to be quite different. Coral likes Nico straight away, but his first reaction is to run away. Yet the two end up in bed together. In the morning, Nico flees with Coral's savings. Coral however remains determined to win him over. She takes her children with her, goes to Nico's house and says she is moving in with him. Nico protests about the children. But nothing can stand in the way of Coral's love: with pain in her heart, she takes the children to an orphanage that day. Then she investigates Nico's past and finds out that he was responsible for the death of his wife. Nico is moved by Coral's intense love for him, but he continues to visit widows and unmarried women, seduce them and rob them of their possessions, with the knowledge of Coral. Then things start to go wrong and they kill several people. they end up being arrested and sentenced to death.
Pretty Village, pretty flame, 5, Srdjan Dragojevic
Pretty Village, Pretty Flame, Best film till now. This very controversial film from former Yugoslavia, Serbia, is the first film produced from Belgrade in which war crimes are also committed by Serbians. The main action is based on an eye-
Hardly worth seeing. stupid relation movie
Steve Buscemi acted in several of the most memorable American films of recent years and was given a chance to learn first hand from the Coen Brothers, Abel Ferrara, Jim Jarmusch, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. For his début as feature director however, he largely allowed himself to be inspired by the way in which the godfather of the American independents, John Cassavetes, succeeded in having the characters and their mutual relationships tell the story of the film. In addition Buscemi draws on his own experiences. What would have become of him if he had not moved from Valley Stream, Long Island, to Manhattan to pursue a career as actor? Trees Lounge is based on this fictional detail. Buscemi himself plays the leading role of Tommy Basilio, a sharp tongued, funny but easily irritated man in his thirties. He spends most of his time drinking and picking up girls in the Trees Lounge in working-
Niet slecht voor een Amsterdamse film. Jammer alleen van de dubbele beelden op het einde. Het besloten feestje achteraf (Amsterdammers die de feestzaal tot half een bezet houden) was een schande!Bastards & Bridesmaids is a summery Amsterdam comedy about relationships between modern twenty-
Slap verhaal met mooie beelden van kleine kinderen op Frans platteland. Voor incest liefhebbers.(in english: bad film)
Fourbi (Alain Tanner), 4
Good story. Fourbi itself is not directly fake, but the film does tackle a topical fake phenomenon through an original and moving story. Fourbi is about the perverted attitude of the media towards reality. At the centre is the young working-
Horror at the film academy. Pleasant enough to look.A blood-
African movies are usually slow. This one is an exception. Not much of a story, except for the many daily life problems, but these are interesting enough to be enetertaining.Macadam Tribu is vivid and well-
Kolya is a very amusing story about a womanising musician who got into trouble in 1988 through a political statement and is then lumbered with the care for a Russian boy who has been deserted by his mother, whom he married for some extra money. The boy doesn't speak Chech and the musician doesn't speak Russian. The boy is not going away so easy, just like the Russians in 1989, the time of the movie. But finally mother returns and the Russians have to leave as well. Nice pictures of these historic times are included in the film as well.
Kids return (Kitano Takeshi)
Masaru and Shinji are not the kind of model pupils who do everything to succeed in Japan's cutthroat society. When they are at school, they spend most of their time blackmailing fellow pupils or disrupting lessons in a comic and unruly way. However they are more often seen in bars talking about nothing in particular. When the sturdiest of the two, Masaru, is beaten up one day, he decides to take up boxing. Shinji follows his friend meekly and soon turns out to have the necessary talent. He may become a professional boxer and maybe even a champion. In a sparring bout provoked by Masaru, Shinji knocks his friend out. The ambitious Masaru decides to stop boxing and embark on a rapid career with the local Yakuza. The mixture of irony and melancholy with which Kitano looks at the lives of both adolescents is reminiscent of his earlier A Scene at the Sea. The dynamics of the boxing school, supported by the beautiful techno-
Tableau Ferraille is a working-
Floating Life is an interesting chronicle of a family that is spread over three continents. Father and mother Chan leave Hong Kong with their two young sons Chau and Yue to visit their daughter Bing, who lives in an outer suburb of Sydney. Bing tries to turn her two teenage brothers into authentic Australian yuppies. Gar Ming, the eldest son in the family, has stayed on in Hong Kong and is waiting for his emigration papers. A young woman he made pregnant has an abortion and that is part of the reason for the aimlessness he experiences at that point in his life. In the meantime, the eldest sister Yen worries about her distant family. She lives in Munich, is married to a German and sees her daughter slowly lose her Chinese roots. When she decides to visit her family in Australia, she is greeted resentfully by Bing, who reproaches her for not taking enough interest in the care for their parents.
This last feature starring Marcello Mastroianni, who plays no less than four roles, is a surprisingly accessible and pleasurable film by Ruiz' standards. This tragi-
Nine people take part in a two-
A black humour film about the psychology of unemployment. Husband and wife Lauri and Ilona both lose their jobs in quick succession. Ilona, who worked as maître d'hotel, is sacked when the restaurant changes hands. Lauri, tram-
Fistful of Flies, the feature début of Monica Pellizzari, is a personal black comedy about a girl of 16 who becomes a woman in strict and hypocritical surroundings. At the end she almost kills her brutal father, who starts crying because of this rather stressfull experience and she gives sexual education to her mother. So after all it's a happy ending.
Golden Calf winner Blind Date is a low-
(With Nanni Moretti) In Turin, the former Fiat manager professor Alberto Sajevo happens to meet the terrorist Lisa Venturi, the woman who tried to kill him twelve years previously. He recognises her at once, but she has no idea who he is. Alberto, who is still walking around with a bullet in his head, starts surreptitiously arranging more meetings. Lisa pretends to be an ordinary working woman and Alberto doesn't let on that he knows she has to return to her prison cell every evening where she is serving a thirty-
A shy, insecure and peace-
A Petal is a very impressive movie and the first mature cinematic reflection on what happened in Kwangju in 1980 and what it meant. A young woman, nameless and mentally disturbed, wanders the countryside looking for her brother. She latches on to a down-
The Daytrippers offers a humorous look at misunderstandings and suppressed emotions in an Archie Bunker-
Kantonese opera drama. Beatiful colors, music and plays, but not much of a story.
Qi is a performance artist. He is young, impulsive and full of ideas. But the greyness of life makes him lose more and more of his vitality. Nervousness and tiredness lead to confusion. For Qi death becomes more attractive than everything else in life. But he has specific ideas about how you have to die. He decides to die and turn his death into his last performance. On the longest day of the year, he plans to melt a huge block of ice with his own body warmth and then die of undercooling. He calls the project 'Funeral in Ice'. He ends up alive, but officially dead. And after three months he commits suicide, so after all he doesn't lie too much. The director is unknown, as there is another stupidious law in China, with enprisonement for directors not using the official channels. And Wu Ming wants to return to make more movies. A frozen country as well. The movie itself could have used a bit more action.
Un héros très discret comprises short fragments from a fake documentary making it look as if the protagonist really existed. It is however largely a fiction film with a beautifully detailed and meticulously thought-
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