Anthony Page – I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)

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Based very loosely on the intricate novel by Joanne Greenberg. A young woman’s devotion to a childhood fantasy kingdom has taken over her entire life and causes her endless pain and degradation. Placed in a mental hospital, she has the great good fortune to have a truly caring therapist who tries to help her accept reality, even though reality isn’t so great either. Read More »

Pascal Thomas – L’heure zéro aka Towards Zero (2007)

An updated French version of Agatha Christie’s 1944 novel by François Caviglioli, Clémence De Bieville, Roland Duval and Nathalie Lafaurie as directed with style and panache by Pascal Thomas. Instead of England the action is transferred to the breathtaking beauty of Brittany, France. Not only does the magic of Christie’s mystery remain intact, but it is enhanced by the significant rugged coastlines of the area (captured beautifully by cinematographer Renan Pollès) as the setting for the mansion overlooking the sea where the action takes place. Read More »

Michael Haneke – Der siebente Kontinent AKA The Seventh Continent (1989) (HD)

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Three members of a middle-class family are followed as their lifestyle slowly disintegrates. Nothing spectacular happens: it’s just the dreary un-ending grind of a go-nowhere existence. The film’s final scene emulates Fassbinder, as the threesome bid auf wiedersehn to everyone and everything in a gaudy, grotesque manner. It goes without saying that Der 7. Kontinent is not for everyone’s taste. Read More »

Blake Edwards – Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)

Fifth of the Pink Panther series and the last to star Peter Sellers before his untimely death. French mobster, Phillip Douvier has got a problem – hardly none of the other crime families give his family any respect. To try and fix this problem, he gives orders to murder Chief Inspector Clouseau who everybody think is a genius and only a few like Chief Inspector Dreyfus know of his true stupidity. Thanks due to a mixup an escaping criminal dies in Clouseau’s car, and it crashes and explodes. Chief Inspector Dreyfus is delighted (so much so that when at the memorial service he tries very hard not to laugh out in delight and everybody thinks he’s crying), but Clouseau, wondering who’s out to kill him gets the help of his oriental servant Cato and Douvier’s secretary and ex-lover Simone Legree to help solve the mystery… Read More »

Blake Edwards – The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)

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Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom), the Chief Inspector of the Surete and superior of Inspector Clouseau was last seen in The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) suffering a breakdown cause of Clouseau’s torment. He decides to try and kill him, but fails and was last seen confined to a mental asylum. This movie begins three years later, Dreyfus’ doctors think is well enough to be released, but before he is, Clouseau visits him and agitates him into killing him, so he’s not released. But he escapes and tries to kill Clouseau, but fails. He then decides to recruit some of the best criminals in the world, and then kidnaps a noted English scientist and creates a device that can destroy the world. After using it, his only demand is Clouseau. So every country in the world sends their best assassin to kill him but fail. And Clouseau tries to find Dreyfus before he does any more damage. Read More »

Blake Edwards – The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)

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Third in the Pink Panther film franchise. The “Pink Panther” Diamond is stolen once again from Lugash and a white glove is left making everybody think that the famous jewel thief “The Phantom” has stolen it. This surprises everybody as it was thought that The Phantom was retired. It also surprises The Phantom (a.k.a. Sir Charles Litton (Christopher Plummer)) himself as he didn’t do it. He sets out from the south of France to Lugash find the diamond and to clear his name as pressure comes from the Lugash authorities to give back the diamond. Meanwhile, infamous French Detective Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers) is called in to find the diamond and he immediately goes to the south of France to check up on Sir Charles. Lady Claudine Litton, Charles’ wife (Catherine Schell), discovers this and leads Clouseau on a false trail and, as normal, Clouseau, with his clueless methods, and Cato Fong (Burt Kwouk), his oriental manservant, cause mayhem as they try to find the diamond. Meanwhile, Clouseau pushes his boss, Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) too far and as the story proceeds, Dreyfus makes attempts to murder Clouseau and get him out of his life forever. Read More »

Pierre Schoeller – Versailles (2008)

The young mother Nina and her son Enzo find themselves sleeping on the streets of Paris. Their tentative lifestyle eventually leads them to Versailles. In the woods near the palace, they encounter Damien, a man named who lives cut off from the rest of the world. Nina and Enzo decide to take refuge with him overnight. The next morning, Nina appears to have disappeared… Read More »