Hans W. Geissendörfer – Die gläserne Zelle aka The Glass Cell (1978)

 Hans W. Geissendörfer   Die gläserne Zelle aka The Glass Cell (1978)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Hans W. Geissendörfer   Die gläserne Zelle aka The Glass Cell (1978)

From IMDB:

Noteworthy crime movie

A rather forgotten but very interesting adaptation of a novel by Patricia Highsmith. The plot is simple: A man, unjustly convicted for criminal negligence to 5 years imprisonment, gets released from jail and is being increasingly entrapped to a web of jealously regarding his beautiful wife’s activities while he was locked-up. The film adroitly examines the corrosive effects of jealously that gradually generate a form of mental confinement which effectively proves to be equally unbearable with the physical one. It unfolds with almost clinical precision, its use of location is inspired and the performances sharp and convincing (avoid the dubbed English version). The climax could have been stronger but it generally captures the amoralism of Highsmith’s work as well as some other more well-known adaptations of her work. Continue reading

Boris Barnet & S. Mardanin – U samogo sinego morya AKA By the Bluest of Seas (1936)

 Boris Barnet & S. Mardanin   U samogo sinego morya AKA By the Bluest of Seas (1936)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Boris Barnet & S. Mardanin   U samogo sinego morya AKA By the Bluest of Seas (1936)

Synopsis:
The sea is at first quite dark for the sailors Aliosha and Yussuf. Adrift, they reach an island where they meet Mashenka, a beautiful girl they both immediately fall in love with…

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One of the films revered by French filmmakers such as Godard and Otar Iosseliani, this marvelous picture, a spontaneous and joyful romantic comedy shot at eye-popping locations, stars the delicious Elena Kouzmina as a bouncy island beauty wooed by two young shipwrecked Caspian fisherman. And it’s more fun than Alexander Nevsky. Continue reading

Damiano Damiani – La Moglie Più Bella AKA The Most Beautiful Wife [+Extras] (1970)

 Damiano Damiani   La Moglie Più Bella AKA The Most Beautiful Wife [+Extras] (1970)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Damiano Damiani   La Moglie Più Bella AKA The Most Beautiful Wife [+Extras] (1970)

Plot Summary
Based on the story of Franca Villa and Filippo Melodia. In Sicily, as a Mafia boss leaves for prison, he advises Vito, a young man who’s his potential successor, to marry a virtuous and poor woman. Vito’s eye settles on Francesca, only 15, but lovely and self-possessed. Among her virtues are high self worth and forthright speech, so although she falls in love with Vito, she won’t bow down to him. Believing he’s losing face, he has his boys kidnap her and he rapes her. Then, he tells her he’ll still marry her. Instead, she files charges. Her parents, brother, and neighbors refuse to support her. Will she break? Will Vito continue his assaults? (From Amazon.com) Continue reading

Sérgio Ricardo – Juliana do Amor Perdido AKA Lost Love Juliana (1968)

 Sérgio Ricardo   Juliana do Amor Perdido AKA Lost Love Juliana (1968)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Sérgio Ricardo   Juliana do Amor Perdido AKA Lost Love Juliana (1968)

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A beautiful young woman living in an isolated fishing community on an island falls in love with an outsider, a train machinist. But her father, a violent religious fanatic interferes. Continue reading

Lisandro Alonso – Jauja (2014)

 Lisandro Alonso   Jauja (2014)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Lisandro Alonso   Jauja (2014)

A father and daughter journey from Denmark to an unknown desert that exists in a realm beyond the confines of civilization.

from variety:
There’s more dialogue in the first reel of Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja” — his first film made with a professional cast and a screenwriting partner — than in all four of the young Argentinian director’s prior narrative features combined. Yet this hallucinatory head-trip Western remains unmistakably Alonso’s film from first frame to last — a metaphysical road movie in which origin and destination are markedly less important than the journey itself. Continue reading

Jaime Rosales – Hermosa juventud AKA Beautiful Youth (2014)

 Jaime Rosales   Hermosa juventud AKA Beautiful Youth (2014)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Jaime Rosales   Hermosa juventud AKA Beautiful Youth (2014)

Natalia and Carlos, both aged 20, are in love and struggling to survive in today’s Spain. Their limited resources prevent them from getting ahead as they’d like to. They have no great ambitions because they have no great hopes. To earn some money, they decide to shoot an amateur porno film. The birth of their daughter Julia is the main catalyst for the changes they make. Continue reading

Hany Abu-Assad – Omar (2013)

 Hany Abu Assad   Omar (2013)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Hany Abu Assad   Omar (2013)

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A subtle undercurrent exists in the visuals, which use cheerful billboard advertising, such as a mattress company with a man happily asleep, or a social responsibility pitch for “planting hope,” as casual background images to reinforce the disconnect between phony optimism and reality. Perhaps the sense of deja vu in the pic’s first half is necessary for the power of the second, in which treacheries are constantly guessed at and possibilities of redemption dissolve in a situation with no exit…

Omar does not offer the promise of a just or satisfying resolution, a fatalism all the more devastating given its realistic methods and humane, understated performances. The film’s final scene feels shocking and abrupt, but also chillingly inevitable, consistent with the logic of a situation that defies all reason. Continue reading

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