Kaneto Shindô – Gogo no Yuigon-jo AKA A Last Note (1995)

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Veteran Japanese filmmaker Kaneto Shindo was 82 when he directed this meditation on life, death, and loss. Following the passing of her husband, elderly former actress Yoko Morimoto (Haruko Sugimura) travels to her summer home in the mountains of Central Japan. Upon her arrival, her servant Tokoyo (Nobuko Otowa) has sad news for her — her long-time gardener has recently committed suicide. Adding to Yoko’s sorrow is the arrival of Tomie, an old friend from her days in the theater, who is traveling with her husband Tohachiro Urshikuni (Hideo Kanze), also an actor. Tomie has grown senile, and Tohachiro no longer has the money to support them; he informs Yoko that they’ve chosen to kill themselves rather than entering an old age home that they can’t afford anyway, and they are taking this final trip to say goodbye to their friends. As Yoko deals with this troubling news, Tokoyo has a confession to make — she had an affair with Yoko’s late husband, who was the biological father of Tokoyo’s daughter. A Last Note received the Critics Award at the 1995 Moscow International Film Festival. Continue reading

Luis Miñarro – Stella cadente AKA Falling Star (2014)

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Colourful feature debut from experienced producer Miñarro offers an almost hallucinatory look into the world of Amadeo van Savoy, who for two years was king of an ungovernable Spain around 1870. This intriguing episode is transformed into a plea for beauty, creativity and joy.

At first sight, Falling Star presents itself as a historic film about the brief rule of Amadeo van Savoy, a prince from Turin who was king of Spain for two years. His mainstay, the powerful General Prim, was murdered before Amadeo was properly installed and then he had no one to fall back on; Spain in 1871 was already plagued by administrative and financial crises.
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Richard Linklater – Boyhood (2014) (HD)

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In 2002, six-year-old Mason Evans, Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) and his older sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) live with their single mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) in Texas. Mason overhears Olivia arguing with her boyfriend, saying she has no free time.

Olivia moves the family so she can attend the University of Houston, complete her degree, and get professional work. In Houston, Mason’s father, Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke), takes the children bowling. When he drops them off at home, he argues with Olivia while Mason and Samantha watch from a window.

In 2004, Olivia takes Mason to one of her classes, introducing him to her professor, Bill Welbrock (Marco Perella). Olivia and Bill marry and blend their two families, including Bill’s two children from a previous marriage. Olivia continues her education and is supportive of Bill’s strict parenting style. However, Bill becomes abusive as alcoholism takes over his life. After he assaults Olivia and endangers the children, Olivia moves the family into a friend’s house and files for divorce. Continue reading

Selim Gunes – Kar Beyaz AKA White As Snow (2010)

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The movie takes the audience on a journey through time by throwing light on the vicious cycle of an era, taking place at the beginning of the seventies. The director gives life to the story on screen by telling the story of a child, Hasan, who in the dilemma of poverty and deprivation of a small village is bound to life by the love to his mother. It shows, Hasan struggling to earn money by selling ‘ayran’ and how people around him sort out their problems with their own lives. (IMDb) Continue reading

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