1991-2000

João Pedro Rodrigues – Esta É a Minha Casa AKA This Is My Home (1997)

Synopsis
João Pedro Rodrigues films the holiday journey of an emigrant family from Paris to their homeland in Trás-os-Montes. Footage from the couple’s daily life in Paris – he is a cobbler and she is a janitor – combined with records from their car journey through French and Spanish highways to Portugal and with moments of their holidays. Read More »

João Pedro Rodrigues – Parabéns! AKA Happy Birthday! (1997)

Synopsis
The silent darkness of the bedroom is broken by a greetings message on the answering-machine. A sudden awakening for Chico on his thirtieth birthday. What a mess! Too late to meet his girlfriend, too late for the meeting at Expo ’98, and, even worse, an outsize hangover. But that’s not all. Lying next to him in bed is a young man with whom he has spent the night. He must now pick up the threads of his everyday life. Meanwhile his companion from the night before, with blue eyes and feline body, wanders around the house feeling both curious and amused, with the restless happiness of a twenty-year old with all the time in the world to spare. It is his hunger for life that, in an undeclared game, will transform what could otherwise have been a normal birthday morning for Chico… Read More »

Jon Jost – The Bed You Sleep In (1993)

In this independently produced drama, a timbermill owner is having great difficulty sustaining a livelihood due to overcutting and peculiarities of the international trade situation. Despite the damaging effect his mill has on the local environment, he appears to be someone who really enjoys the unspoiled wilderness, because he goes fly-fishing whenever he can. His troubled life edges veers into deeper waters when his daughter sends him a letter in which she accuses him of incest. Whether her story proves to be true or not, it is certain that his life is now ruined forever, as are the lives of those around him. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide Read More »

Maurice Pialat – Van Gogh (1991)

“allmovie” wrote:
Running nearly three hours, Maurice Pialat’s VAN GOGH is a leisurely paced look at the famous painter’s final year. Pialat’s portrait differs from many other films in that he shows Van Gogh (Jacques Dutronc) as being reasonably sane and he focuses on the everyday events of the painter’s life and art. Read More »

Isao Yukisada – Tojiru hi AKA Enclosed Pain (2000) (DVD)

Yuri and Takumi are brother and sister who faced unusually harsh treatment by their father. An act of brutality keeps them extremely close together until an older couple occupy the house where their secret was buried. Read More »

João César Monteiro – Lettera Amorosa (1995)

Small film integrated in a series of 3 shortfilms about the adventures of the good old João de Deus. Read More »

Takashi Miike – Tajuu jinkaku tantei saiko – Amamiya Kazuhiko no kikan AKA MPD Psycho (2000)

Quote:
Yousuke Kobayashi, a detective assigned on a homicide unit, saw his wife killed by a serial killer, Shinji Nishizono. From a shock he suffered MPD (multiple personality disorder) and became Kazuhiko Amamiya. Soon after he managed to hunt down and killed the murderer of his wife, new series of murders have occured and the suspects claimed to be Shinji Nishizono himself. Is it really him? Or a copycat? And who is Kazuhiko Amamiya? Read More »