Tag Archives: 1980s

Ömer Kavur – Anayurt Oteli AKA Motherland Hotel (1987)

A young man in a small town in Turkey inherits a hotel from his parents in this disturbing drama. Zebercet (Macid Koper) falls for a pretty guest who promises to return the following week. When the woman fails to show up, Zebercet descends into psychopathic madness. He sleeps in the room previously occupied by the young woman and neglects his potential guests. After rejecting the homosexual advances of a young stranger, Zebercet rapes and strangles a hotel maid and kills her cat. Serra Yilmaz and Orhan Cagman co-star with Macid Koper, who gives an excellent performance of the disturbed killer. — Dan Pavlides Read More »

Lasse Hallström – Mitt liv som hund AKA My Life As A Dog (1985)


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Description: Twelve-year-old Ingemar has a life far too complex for a kid his age. His beloved mother, once soft and loving, is now an angry invalid. His older brother torments him daily. But there must be worse things in life, and Ingemar does not hesitate to obsess over them: people meeting freak accidents, for one, and Laika, the doomed Soviet space dog, for another. There is also his own pet dog, whose fate, it turns out, is as uncertain as Ingemar’s. But when Ingemar is sent away for the summer to stay with his lighthearted Uncle Gunnar and Aunt Ulla, his world begins to open in a way he could never have imagined. In their little village, Ingemar meets a menage of eccentric, good-hearted people and their interactions with him give him the strength he’ll need when things at home get even worse. “Mitt liv som hund”, the critically acclaimed film from director Lasse Hallström, is sensitive, tragic, and funny. It’s a unique, offbeat but realistic coming-of-age story with rich and engaging characters and some truly unforgettable scenes. Read More »

Atif Yilmaz – Asiye Nasil Kurtulur (1986)

Vasıf Öngören’in tiyaro metninden uyarlanan ”Asiye nasıl Kurtulur?” yönetmen Atıf Yılmaz’ın biçimsel denemelerinden biri ve dolayısıyla Türk sinemasında pek de rastlanmayan bir anlatım farklılılğına sahip.Aslında özünde bir kadının seksist ve feodal bir düzende varolma mücadelesini anlatan bir müzikal yapımda Yılmaz,kısıtlı bir mekanda kuruyor filmin bütün dünyasını.Bu yönüyle de zor bir deneyimin üstesinden gelmeyi başarıyor.hep aynı kişiler sürekli rol değiştiriyorlar ve bir nevi bulvar tiyatrosuna dönüştürüyorlar filmi.Bu özel dekorlar ve danslı müzkli sahneler frapan renklerle süslenmiş. Read More »

Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne – Falsch (1987)

Just before twilight, a four-engine plane lands on the runway of a country airport. The plane comes to a halt. A single passenger disembarks: Joe, the last survivor of a Jewish family, the Falsches. He has an appointment with them all tonight, forty years after leaving Berlin for New York in 1938. They are all waiting for him in the arrival lounge of the airport. A night of encounters, of celebrations beyond life and death; a meeting which will soon turn into a family psychodrama.Thirteen people will confront each other about their links to Germany, their life in exile, the presence of Lilli among the Falsches; the cries of anguish in the face of death in the camps, incomprehensible to those who went into exile, the Berlin of today, where nobody remembers the Falsches – not even Joe, who would prefer to forget, and never see them again. Read More »

Paul Schrader – Light of Day (1987)

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Synopsis: The siblings Patty and Joe live in an industrial suburb. While Patty’s ambition is their rock band “The Barbusters” only, Joe also cares for the family and the upbringing of Patty’s young son Benji. Their pious mother reproaches them for their way of life, especially when they quit their jobs and go on tour, taking Benji with them. Read More »

Andrei Yermash – Konets vechnosti AKA The End of Eternity (1987)

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Eternity is an organization and a place which exists outside of time.

It is staffed by humans called “Eternals” capable of traveling “upwhen” and “downwhen” within Eternity and entering the conventional temporal world at almost any point of their choice. Collectively they form a corps of Platonic guardians who carry out carefully calculated and planned strategic minimum actions, called Reality Changes, within the temporal world in order to minimise human suffering as integrated over the whole of (future) human history.

Andrew Harlan, an expert in executing Reality Changes, falls in love with a non-Eternal as he comes to understand his part in a paradoxical scheme to secure the creation of Eternity by sending a young Eternal back in time with the mathematical knowledge to make it possible… Read More »

Kon Ichikawa – Biruma no tategoto aka The Burmese Harp (1985)

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I gaze on the moon
As I tread the drear wild,
And feel that my mother
Now thinks of her child;
As she looks on that moon
From our own cottage door,
Thro’ the woodbine whose fragrance
Shall cheer me no more.
Home, home, sweet sweet home,
There’s no place like home,
There’s no place like home.
—”Home, Sweet Home”
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