Mystery

Kaizô Hayashi – Yume miruyoni nemuritai AKA To Sleep so as to Dream (1986)

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An aging silent film actress hires a private eye and his wacky but helpful assistant to track down her missing daughter, Bellflower. The two follow a succession of bizarre, obscure clues, until they track down the location of the kidnappers and the daughter. Read More »

Christopher Nolan – Following (1998)

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Before he became a sensation with the twisty revenge story Memento, Christopher Nolan fashioned this low-budget, 16 mm black-and-white neonoir with comparable precision and cunning. Providing irrefutable evidence of Nolan’s directorial bravura, Following is the fragmented tale of an unemployed young writer who trails strangers through London, hoping that they will provide inspiration for his first novel. He gets more than he bargained for when one of his unwitting subjects leads him down a dark criminal path. With gritty aesthetics and a made-on-the-fly vibe (many shots were simply stolen on the streets, unbeknownst to passersby), Following is a mind- bending psychological journey that shows the remarkable beginnings of one of today’s most acclaimed filmmakers. Read More »

Claude Miller – La Classe de neige AKA Class Trip (1998)

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Nicolas is an insecure child plagued by visions of disasters and horrible accidents. His peers tease him, and his teachers are frustrated by his lack of social skiills. Nicolas disconnects from the world around him, inhabiting his own friendless, nightmarish realm. On a class trip to a ski resort, Hadkann, the class bully, befriends Nicolas and becomes intrigued by his dreams. As the line between reality and hallucination blurs Nicolas’s visions begin to come true when police find a dead child in the woods, murdered and mutilated. Nicolas knows there is a connection between this crime and his visions, and with Hadkann’s help, he sets out to find it. Read More »

Raoul Ruiz – A Closed Book (2009)

Sir Paul, a distinguished author, blinded in a horrific accident, advertises for an amanuensis, an assistant to help him with his writing. He employs the amiable Jane Ryder to be his eyes as he revisits scenes from his past and works on what he intends to be his final opus. Jane appears to be ideal: attractive, intelligent, unruffled by her employer’s abrupt eccentricities. But, gradually, we come aware that Jane has another agenda. Incrementally, Sir Paul’s familiar surroundings are altered. Strange things happen around the house and he becomes increasingly dependent on his new assistant. Jane plays increasingly sadistic games until their relationship breaks down. Read More »

John Ford – Four Men and a Prayer (1938)

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Colonel Loring Leigh, British Indian Army, appears to have issued an order that cost 90 lives. Cashiered, he returns home, tells his sons of a conspiracy by an arms syndicate to supply the rebels…then is found dead, an apparent suicide. To clear their father, the four sons must globetrot in a hazardous search for evidence, closely followed by Geoffrey’s sweetheart Lynn Cherrington. Read More »

Nicolas Roeg – Track 29 (1988)

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In a small southern American town, housewife Linda Henry lives a unsatisfied life and wants a child to fulfil that gap, but her husband Henry seems more concerned about his model trains and receiving his fetish spanking from nurse Stein. One day in a diner, an odd and mysterious young English lad Martin approaches Linda and her friend. He seems to appear where she is, so when another confrontation eventuates. He admits to being her son, which he was taken from her at birth when she was a teenager, due to the reasoning of his conception. This newfound responsibility is bittersweet for Linda, but has it come at a price for her well-being. Read More »

Mani Haghighi – Ejdeha Vared Mishavad! AKA A Dragon Arrives! (2016)

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An orange Chevrolet Impala drives across a cemetery towards an abandoned shipwreck in the middle of a desert landscape. It is the 22nd of January, 1965. The day before, the Iranian prime minister was shot dead in front of the parliament building. Read More »