READ MY LIPS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 115 minutes

Virtually deaf, Carla (Devos) is a bored office worker, constantly dumped on by her colleagues and just about at the end of her tether when she hires the paroled ex-con Paul (Cassel) as her assistant. Then she loses it completely…


Posted on October 4, 2004 by

LOLA AND BILLY THE KID (Lola + Bilidikid)

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

It starts like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert with colourful belly dancing drag queens in a seedy nightclub…


Posted on September 16, 2004 by

I COULD READ THE SKY

3 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

This is such an art film that it’ll appeal to a very small audience–it’s far too dull and introspective for today’s so-called “sophisticated” moviegoers!


Posted on September 16, 2004 by

WHAT TIME IS IT THERE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 116 minutes

Hsiao-Kang (Lee) has just buried his father (Miao) and is starting to worry about his mother (Lu) and her increasingly obsessive superstitious beliefs…


Posted on September 14, 2004 by

BREATHLESS (A BOUT DE SOUFFLE)

4 Stars
Year Released: 1961
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 87 minutes

Michel is so much in love that he hardly notices the police inspector (Boulanger) closing in on him, and Patricia finds it hard to resist Michel’s affections, even as she begins to realise the truth about him…


Posted on August 29, 2004 by

ROBERTO SUCCO

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 124 minutes

Based on the true story of a killer who went on a rampage through France, Switzerland and Italy, this film is startling and unsettling…


Posted on April 19, 2004 by

YOUNG ADAM

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: NC-17
Running Time: 100 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! Ewan McGregor delivers a frightening against-type performance in this dark but extremely well made Scottish drama. This is a finely crafted film for grown-ups only … and it’s hard to remember the last time we had one that was this provocative and moving…


Posted on April 18, 2004 by

THE FAT GIRL (À Ma Soeur!)

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

Sex is something they discuss at length, and soon Elena decides to lose her virginity with the Italian law student Fernando (de Rienzo), her summer boyfriend…


Posted on April 6, 2004 by

I’M GOING HOME (Je rentre à la maison)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

His agent (Chappey) keeps trying to find him new work, such as in a TV crime series, but Gilbert doesn’t want any of this sex and violence nonsense…


Posted on March 5, 2004 by

L’AFRANCE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

Relationships are edgy and unpredictable, and the ending is startlingly authentic in its open-handed treatment of such an emotionally charged subject…


Posted on March 5, 2004 by

DIVIDED WE FALL

4 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 120 minutes

And soon Josef and Marie have more reason than most to be nervous: They are hiding thier old friend David (Kassai), a Jewish concentration camp escapee. And their nerves are frayed even more by their nosey collaborator friend Horst…


Posted on March 3, 2004 by

THE ESORT (Mauvaise passe)

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

After a nasty incident he befriends sandwich shop manager Tom (Townsend), who moonlights as a male escort. Soon Pierre gets in the business as well, even falling in love with a coworker (Walker) who also has trouble connecting her, er, nightlife with her real-life responsibilities…


Posted on February 27, 2004 by

PLATFORM

3 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

It’s rather impenetrable for Western audiences (there are no clues to how much time is passing), very symbolic (the title refers to what it feels like to wait for a train that may never arrive), and often somewhat self-indulgent (an hour could be cut without changing much). But it’s also fascinating, original, profoundly beautiful filmmaking…


Posted on February 26, 2004 by

DEVDAS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

In a brothel he meets a kindly courtesan (Dixit) who becomes his doting guardian angel, even though her social status, even farther below him than Paro’s, prevents her from ever having hope of a real romance…


Posted on February 25, 2004 by

BEIJING BICYCLE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 113 minutes

Several characters just refuse to speak, leaving infuriating gaps in the story and dialog, which lead to misunderstandings and more serious problems…


Posted on February 23, 2004 by

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