Jean Pierre Lefebvre – Les dernières fiançailles AKA The Last Betrothal (1973)

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The sweet life of a couple together for seventy years. After another cardiac incident, Armand knows he doesn’t have much time left. But after all these years in the same house, he doesn’t want to die somewhere else. His wife Rose has secretly decided she will die as she lived: with him. Read More »

Juraj Lehotsky – Slepé lásky AKA Blind Loves (2008)

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”Blind Loves,” which world-premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Fest, is a film about love between blind people. Love can be soft, love can be silly, love can be blind at all times. To find ones place in this world is not an easy thing to do for people with good sight, but how much more difficult can it be for somebody who is blind The view of blind persons is often pure and essential, and very often witty. It uncovers new dimensions of meaning of happiness. Read More »

Sydney Pollack – Three Days of the Condor (1975)

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One of the most memorable paranoia thrillers of the 1970s, Sydney Pollack’s Three Days of the Condor never loses its focus as a tense, compelling exercise in suspense. The plot rests on the premise that everyone with power is corrupt; Pollack and writers Lorenzo Semple Jr. and David Rayfiel keep the proceedings from devolving into the preposterous or unconvincing. True to form, Robert Redford represents the powerless, non-corrupt, masses as the film’s bookish CIA researcher Turner. Unlike some of the bleaker examples of the genre (1974’s The Parallax View), Redford’s character ultimately outwits the system and finds a way to fight the corruption, much as he would the following year in All the President’s Men. Redford’s charisma smoothes over some of Condor’s less-believable moments, and Sydney Pollack directs in the distinctively gloomy-but-lively style common to 1970s films. This was the fourth film on which the director and star teamed; they would continue to work together on movies such as 1986’s Out of Africa and 1990’s Havana. –Brendon Hanley Read More »

Gerardo de Leon – Jose Rizal’s “Noli me tángere” (1961)

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A multi-awarded film by Filipino National Artist Gerardo de Leon, based on a novel written by martyr-hero Jose P. Rizal, and which trigerred the Philippine Revolution of 1896. Produced in 1961 for the national celebrations commemorating the birth centenary of Rizal, the film considered lost for almost two decades until its recent restoration by German Archivist. Read More »

Anne-Laure Folly – Femmes aux yeux ouverts AKA Women with Eyes Open (1994)

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“A respectable women should learn from her husband,
She shouldn’t read,
She shouldn’t have her eyes open.”
A poem by a Burkinabe woman Read More »

Madhur Bhandarkar – Page 3 (2005)

Page 3′ takes a behind-the-scenes look at A-list celebrity lifestyles through the eyes of a female entertainment journalist. It explores the power-play between the rich and famous and the media. It is also the story of three girls trying to make a decent living in an indecent society Read More »

Pierre Granier-Deferre – Adieu, Poulet AKA The French Detective (1975)

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When political thugs murder an opponent’s volunteer and also kill a cop, chief inspector Verjeat believes the politician who hired them is as guilty as the murderous goon. Verjeat’s pursuit of the councilman, Lardatte, gets him a warning from his superiors. When he embarrasses Lardatte while disarming a hostage (the dead volunteer’s father), Verjeat is told he’s being transferred within a week. He speeds up his hunt for the goon and, with Lefévre, one of his young detectives, he engineers a complicated scheme to buy more time before the transfer. How should Verjeat play out his values of honor and duty? Read More »