Tag Archives: 2000s

Shiori Kazama – Kasei no kanon aka The Mars Canon (2002)

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A look at the problems two couples, Kohei and Kinuko, and Manabe and Hijiri, have in their relationships, and the solutions they try to devise as a way out. Kohei and Kinuko, despite their age difference, seem like a happy pair, but their is an insurmountable distance between them. Kohei is married to another woman, and Kinuko, though she know he will never divorce, can’t bring herself to break off the relationship and start anew. Manabe and Hijiri, meanwhile, start off happily enough, but eventually their passion begins to wane as Manabe starts looking to other women for sex. Hijiri, feeling rejected, moves into an apartment next door to Kinuko, where she plots to break up the mismatched couple to her own advantage. Read More »

Isshin Inudô – Kiiroi namida AKA Yellow Tears (2007)

The movie is centered around five friends as they end up spending the summer of 1962 shackled up together in a tiny studio apartment in Tokyo. The five friends are Eisuke – the manga artist, Shoichi – the singer, Ryuzo – the novelist, Kei – the painter and Yuji – the 5th wheel. The friends spend the summer in pursuit of their own ideals of personal freedom – being able to do what they want. In the process of pursuing their dream they learn firsthand that however ideal it may seem, its not as easy as they think. Read More »

Mia Hansen-Løve – Tout est pardonné AKA All Is Forgiven (2007)

Debut director Mia Hansen-Love turns seemingly random slices from the life of a disintegrating family unit into a remarkably graceful, natural film about what it is to be human. Perhaps the most persuasive aspect of this hopeful parable of failure is the way casting, acting, script, and camerawork conspire to usher us into an immediately believable world which is observed with a painterly eye yet never seems staged. Read More »

Leon Dai – Bu neng mei you ni AKA Cannot Live Without You (2009)

Synopsis
A down and out man and his daughter live in an illegal hovel. The two live a happy peaceful life until the authorities intervene when the child reaches school age. Read More »

Yang Li – Mang jing AKA Blind Shaft (2003)

Synopsis
Two Chinese miners, who make money by killing fellow miners and then extorting money from the mine owner to keep quiet about the “accident”, happen upon their latest victim. But one of them begins to have second thoughts. Read More »

Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor – Sweetgrass (2009)

An unsentimental elegy to the American West, “Sweetgrass” follows the last modern-day cowboys to lead their flocks of sheep up into Montana’s breathtaking and often dangerous Absaroka-Beartooth mountains for summer pasture. This astonishingly beautiful yet unsparing film reveals a world in which nature and culture, animals and humans, vulnerability and violence are all intimately meshed. Read More »

Alkinos Tsilimidos – Tom White (2004)

Synopsis by Mark Deming
A man on the edge of collapse falls into a well of despair in this psychological drama from Australia. Tom White (Colin Friels) is an architect who is emotionally reaching the end of his rope. Edgy, confused, and losing touch with reality, White finds himself obsessively working on a project from which he was removed weeks before, and his hands shake so badly he can barely hold a pencil. Tom’s superiors suggest he should spend a few days away from the office to regain his bearing, but instead of returning home to his wife (Rachael Blake) and children, he goes on a bender. Read More »