CHOP SUEY

3 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

This rather odd documentary feels like a combination of about four unfinished docs, punctuated by random shots of beautiful men accompanied by unconnected voiceovers featuring nostalgic memories of days gone by…


Posted on February 20, 2004 by

MINOR MISHAPS

2 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 109 minutes

Slightly mad artist sister Eva (Faurschou), struggling with her emotional response to Mom’s death, decides to air her unspeakable suspicions…


Posted on February 20, 2004 by

BETTY FISHER AND OTHER STORIES

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 103 minutes

And when Joseph dies in an accident, Margot’s maternal instincts kick in and she kidnaps a lookalike boy named, eerily, Jose (Chatrian)…


Posted on February 16, 2004 by

DISTANCE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

More than a little frightening in its relevance, Hirokazu’s elliptical and involving film approaches the idea of a terrorist attack from a fiercely internal perspective…


Posted on February 16, 2004 by

THE HAPPY MAN (Szczesliwy Czlowiek)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

He’s interested in Marta (Chajewska-Krzysztofik), a single mother working in a nearby factory, so he pursues her as well as a money-making scheme. But does he really have the personal skills to make his life better?


Posted on February 9, 2004 by

THE LADY AND THE DUKE (L’Anglaise Et Le Duc)

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

Everyone just sits around talking endlessly (after all the subtitles, we feel like we’ve read a complete Laclos novel in the process!), often about nothing terribly relevant, sometimes about exciting goings on we never get to witness…


Posted on February 5, 2004 by

THE GIRL FROM PARIS (Une hirondelle a fait le printemps)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 103 minutes

Sandrine (Seigner) leaves her computer job in Paris to train as a farmer, ultimately buying a remote goat farm from the crusty old widower Adrien (Serrault), who stays on as a tenant for a year. He mistrusts her completely; how can a single young woman run a farm?


Posted on February 5, 2004 by

NINE QUEENS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 115 minutes

From Argentina, here’s one of those a scam within a sting within a con films that’s thoroughly entertaining to watch but not terribly original, really…


Posted on January 26, 2004 by

NO MAN’S LAND

4 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88 minutes

What follows is a game of shifting power, moral dilemmas and political maneuvering involving a perplexed French UN officer (Siatidis), a tenacious British TV reporter (Cartledge) and a pompous UN commander (Callow)…


Posted on January 12, 2004 by

AKA

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

OPENING AT THE LAEMMLE SUNSET 5 IN LOS ANGELES, DECEMBER 12TH! The struggles Roy went through to get this film made aren’t apparent on screen–it’s a gripping story, beautifully filmed and performed with honest power by the cast…


Posted on December 8, 2003 by

THE FAST RUNNER (Atanarjuat)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

What emerges is not only a vivid examination of a time and place, but a deeply moving story about revenge and restoration…


Posted on September 12, 2003 by

ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU

4 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

They get involved in petty criminal activity–bullying, robbery, a stolen holiday with friends that turns grisly, and eventually a seedy prostitution ring involving one of their classmates…


Posted on September 5, 2003 by

THE CARRIERS ARE WAITING

4 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

This is a family drama–and it features plenty of dysfunction–but it’s essentially about how a sense of love and belonging holds us together no matter who we are or what we do…


Posted on September 4, 2003 by

IN THIS WORLD

4 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

It feels like a fly-on-the-wall piece, and with the excellent cast of non-actors that’s pretty much what it is!


Posted on September 3, 2003 by

THE CAPTIVE

2 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 118 minutes

She has a best friend (Bonamy) who may or may not be her lover. And Simon is so possessive and paranoid that he follows Ariane everywhere to fuel his jealousies and suspicions…


Posted on August 29, 2003 by

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