Drama

Godfrey Grayson – Innocent Meeting (1959)


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PLOT: ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

A troubled teen discovers that reform isn’t always easy in this drama. The lad is on probation for robbery when he falls in love with a wealthy young girl.

Wanting to help him out, she gets him a job in her father’s textile mill. Things are swell there until her father is unable to find his wallet. Due to the boy’s dubious recent past, he is naturally the first suspect. Afraid that no one will believe him innocent, the boy takes off. In desperate need of quick cash, he robs a store. Eventually the police catch up to him, but by this time the wallet has been found and the boy’s gal convinces him to go face his crime and go straight for good.
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Michel Deville – Le mouton enrage AKA Love at the Top (1974)

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Synopsis:

‘A cynical tragicomedy focusing on the different ways of love in the times of the sexual revolution. Nicholas Mallet, an inconspicuous and shy bank employee, one day successfully invites Marie-Paul, a young woman he hadn’t known before, in the streets of Paris to a café and sleeps with her the next day. When he tells his surprised friend Claude about the incident, the disillusioned and handicapped writer develops a plan to control and manipulate Nicholas’ life. First of all, he procures him to Roberte, a professor of philosophy’s frustrated and bored wife…’
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Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Uzak AKA Distant (2002)

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SYNOPSIS
Uzak tells the story of Yusuf (Mehmet Emin Toprak), a young factory worker who loses his job and travels to Istanbul to stay with his relative Mahmut (Muzaffer Özdemir) while looking for a job.

Uzak won 17 awards and 2 nominations, including the Grand Prix and Prix d’interprétation masculine, shared by two actors of the film at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
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Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Kasaba AKA The Town [+Extras] (1997)

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan scripted and made his directorial debut with this Turkish family drama, based on an autobiographical story (Cornfield) by his sister, Emine Ceylan. The black-and-white film is structured around vignettes of seasonal changes. Winter: Turkish life is seen from the perspective of a young schoolteacher. Spring: A student from the first segment and her little brother experience the world of nature as they walk home. Summer: The children join their parents and grandparents in a family gathering, talking and eating roast corn around an outdoor fire on a summer night. Fall: In a symbolic sequence, the youngsters find their roles in society. This low-budget film premiered at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival and won the international critics jury prize (a $30,000 cash award) at the 1998 Istanbul Film Festival.
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Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Mayis sikintisi AKA Clouds of May (1999)

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“Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan evokes the spirit of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” in this film set in a small village in contemporary Anatolia. With little action and dialogue punctuated with long silences reminiscent of Abbas Kiarostami, this is a sensitive and subtle film… Muzaffer Ozdemir plays an Istanbul filmmaker who returns to his parents’ home to make a low-budget film in which his parents will star. While claiming that he wants to capture the life of the village, his obsession with his film makes him blind to the daily events that matter to the people who live there. Ceylan made the film to repent for his behavior during the making of his 1998 film, “The Small Town”. That he uses his real parents playing themselves adds to its poignancy and honesty. This is a lyrical film full of quiet moments and understated charm that captures the boredom and the beauty of the Turkish countryside.”
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Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Iklimler aka Climates (2006)

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Synopsis:
Man was made to be happy for simple reasons and unhappy for even simpler ones ‘ just as he is born for simple reasons and dies for even simpler ones… Isa and Bahar are two lonely figures dragged through the ever-changing climate of their inner selves in pursuit of a happiness that no longer belongs to them. Read More »

Nikos Papatakis – Les abysses aka The depths (1963)

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Inspired by “Les Bonnes”, Jean Genet’s play (itself based on the true story of the Papin sisters), adapted by Jean Vauthier (a writer and avant-garde playwright, which is probably why the dialogue is so theatrical. He died in 92 but he was born in 1910 so his centennial was this year, but he is totally forgotten) and by an uncredited Louis Jouvet (according to imdb)
André Malraux, then Minister of Culture (yes, there was, still is, such a Minister in France) wanted the movie to the Cannes Festival. The followers of the Surrealism movement took the Papin sisters case as paradigm of class revolt, and a signal that a social revolution was already taking place. Romantics saw in these grisly murders the emergence of absolute Evil, like Lautréamont in `Les Chants de Maldoror’. Philosophers engaged in the socialist movement wrote passionate texts in defence of those maids, like Jean-Paul Sartre in `Le Mur’, and Simone de Beauvoir in `La Force de l’âge’. Jacques Lacan, in `Écrits’, will develop his first scientific essay on psychoanalysis, following the Papin criminal case. (imdb’s only user comment) Read More »