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Old 11-28-2009   #11
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The White Ribbon is the story of a village in Protestant northern Germany in 1914, just before the First World War, as children and adolescents in a choir directed by the village schoolmaster, and their families: the Baron, the superintendent, pastor, doctor, midwife, peasants. Strange incidents occur, acts of vandalism and violence, which gradually assume the character of a ritual punishment.

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The screenplay is an adaptation of fantasy author Lord Dunsany's My Talks with Dean Spanley, a 14-chapter novella published in 1936. It is set in Edwardian England.

The narrative is called "a surreal period comedic tale of canine reincarnation exploring the relationships between father and son and master and dog"[citation needed]. Peter O'Toole said that the film's use of comedy to explore the relationship between a father and son was part of the attraction for him: "All of us have had these difficult familial relationships and I think it's a film for all of us who understand the relationship between a father and son. It's been interesting watching how various members of the crew have been looking at the monitors during scenes, because they come up to me and say, 'I had the same thing with my father.'"[citation needed]
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In the very early 1900s, Henslowe Fisk lives beholden to his father, the difficult Horatio Fisk. The Fisk family has suffered the loss of the youngest son, Harrington (Xavier Horan) killed in the Second Anglo-Boer War, shortly followed by the death of his wife. Fisk Senior is looked after by his house keeper Mrs Brimley (Judy Parfitt) who has lost her husband. Fisk Junior reluctlantly visits his father every Thursday.

One day, trying to entertain his father, Fisk Junior brings him to a lecture by a visiting swami (Art Malik) about the transmigration of souls that is attended by the new local clergyman, Dean Spanley (Sam Neill).

Later the same day he sees the Dean at his father's club. A chance third meeting leads to an introduction. Fisk Junior is intrigued by the Dean's oddly open-minded views on reincarnation and getting beyond the appearance of an affable, rather bland clergyman by his weakness for certain peculiar sensations produced by Hungarian Imperial Tokay wine, which leads him into a dreamlike state. Working with his clever friend Wrather (Bryan Brown), an Australian "conveyancer", Fisk secures a large batch of Tokay and the two entertain the Dean, who acts ever more strangely, starting to reveal memories of his previous life – as a Welsh Spaniel. These memories are acute and convincing, including rich feelings around food and communication with other canines, a deep distaste for cats and pigs and the joy of serving his master. As the story unfolds, Fisk Junior comes to understand his father's background better and the two draw closer.

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Synopsis (from Rottentomatoes.com): After only three features, Lucrecia Martel has firmly established herself as one of world cinema's most distinctive visionaries. Following up on her subliminally atmospheric LA CIENAGA and THE HOLY GIRL, Martel goes even deeper into cinematic obliqueness with THE HEADLESS WOMAN. The story concerns Veronica (Maria Onetto), who accidentally hits something while driving one day. To the viewer, it appears to be a dog, but Veronica is unable to shake the fear that she killed a young boy. As the days wear on, she has trouble recalling even the most basic details of her life, to the point where she appears to be suffering from amnesia. Or is she simply trying to deny the truth about what really happened? All signs point to her being in the clear, yet just when she begins to feel okay another mysterious coincidence arises that makes her doubt herself once again. Martel challenges viewers in a way that will cause many to scratch their heads, but this is clearly calculated behavior on her part. By using clever sound design and exquisitely framed images, she creates a palpable tension that makes THE HEADLESS WOMAN feel like a most unlikely thriller. She is also driven by a desire to expose the horrific divides in Argentina's class system, making the film as much a work of social commentary as a fine example of thought-provoking entertainment. THE HEADLESS WOMAN is a film that demands multiple viewings to break through its mysterious surface.

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Synopsis from the Internet Movie Database:

Until the Light Takes Us is a feature length documentary chronicling the history, ideology and aesthetic of Norwegian black metal—a musical subculture infamous as much for a series of murders and church arsons as it is for its unique musical and visual aesthetics. This is the first (and only) film to truly shed light on a movement that has heretofore been shrouded in darkness and rumor and obscured by inaccurate and shallow depictions. Featuring exclusive interviews and verité with the musicians, a wealth of rare, seldom seen footage from the “Inner Circle’s” earliest days, Until the Light Takes Us explores every aspect of the controversial movement that has captured the attention of the world. This is the movie that gets inside the minds and hearts of black metal’s musicians. The filmmakers moved to Norway, living and filming there for two years. The movie is not about them though— it’s about the extraordinary people and events that make black metal unique, unforgettable, and inevitable. This is black metal as seen through the eyes of those who created it, of those who live it, of those who are at the center of the story of black metal. Featuring: Gylve “Fenriz” Nagell, Varg Vikernes, Jan Axel “Hellhammer” Blomberg, Kjetil “Frost” Haraldstad, Ivar Bjornson, Abbath and Demonaz Doom Occulta, Kris “Garm” Rygg, Bjarne Melgaard, Harmony Korine, and more.
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Ex-con Alex dreams about starting a new life with the Ukrainian prostitute Tamara. To do so, he wants to rob a bank erasing debts and making the flight towards the South possible. But Tamara is unintentionally shot on the escape by the coincidentally present policeman, Robert. Alex flees to the farm of his father and learns that Robert lives close by...thoughts of revenge start to arise.

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Distant (2002)


Synopsis (from Rottentomatoes.com): Nuri Bilge Ceylan's DISTANT chronicles the numbing loneliness, longing, and isolation in the lives of two men who are consumed by their own problems. Istanbul photographer Mahmut (Muzaffer Ozdemir) reluctantly receives his relative Yusuf (Mehmet Emin Toprak), but the mingling of their lives does little to alleviate their detachment. Mahmut's ex-wife is moving and Mahmut cannot deal with the residue of his feelings for her, and later, he must care for his ill mother. Yusuf unsuccessfully looks for work on a ship in hopes of seeing the world and having money left over for his family, but ends up wandering the city, failing to find the connection and inclusion he seems to desire. Despite a superficial effort by Mahmut to help by offering Yusuf a job on a photo shoot, their already distant relationship devolves into little more than sharing the same space, as neither can find a way to communicate at a deeper level. Ceylan uses his significant cinematic talents to great effect with long, meditative shots that emphasize a mood of alienation and stagnancy. Wintry Istanbul becomes its own character, as its foreboding weather and stark industrial areas create a physical distance among the characters. Imbued with pathos, this film provides a complex character study that speaks to the need for human connection. Ceylan's cast is comprised of his relatives and friends, all nonprofessional actors, who turn in refined performances. DISTANT won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003.

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Seven Days is based on a novel by Quebec author Patrick Senecal. I've been unable to find English translations of his work. This grim affair makes its debut at Sundance.

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City of Life and Death, written and directed by Lu Chuan (China / Hong Kong, 2009)






Synopsis from the Film Forum newsletter for December 2009-April 2010:

December 9, 1937: The Imperial Japanese Army lays siege to Nanking, the Chinese capital, killing as many as 300,000 civilians during a six-week reign of terror. For the first time, a Chinese filmmaker tells this story, the details of which Japan disputes to this day. Shot in stark black-and-white, City of Life and Death follows those caught in the crossfire: a young Chinese general who leads a platoon in street fighting; John Rabe, a German businessman who establishes a safety zone in an attempt to protect the lives of countless Chinese; and a Japanese officer conflicted about the brutality of his commander, among a defiant population struggling against impossible odds.

"One of the most talented Chinese filmmakers to emerge in recent years . . . a phantasmagoric vision . . . Mr. Lu smartly toggles between the prisoners and their captors, a strategy that helps to humanize the invaders, giving a face to evil." Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
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following up on City of Life and Death... which, honestly, looks impressive (and I am a sucker for monochrome film)... the documentary Nanking.


to lighten things up, or at least take things away from real world tragedy, here's Yellowbrickroad. It begins ho-hum but give it a half a minute to veer into eerie terrain.

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a trailer for a short film by Cindy Jansen called Vogelvrij. In any case, some truly amazing shots on display.

http://www.vimeo.com/8310289
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