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Le Havre
Saturday November 19th, 2011
The northern French port city of Le Havre is the setting for this moving little film about a poor, aged shoeshiner who takes pity on Idrissa, a young African boy (Blondin Miguel), fleeing deportation by French authorities. Andre Wilms is Marcel Marx who ekes out a minimal existence by wandering…More
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Monday October 10th, 2011
In 690 AD Wu Zetian was preparing to become the sole Empress Regnant in Chinese history. There was a considerable amount of intrigue in the air as Wu was feared and hated for her ruthlessness in dealing with potential adversaries and dissenters. When a man overseeing the erection of a…More
Burt Lancaster in The Leopard
Wednesday August 17th, 2011
Visconti's 1963 classic The Leopard recently underwent restoration and has been playing art houses in the US. Based on a popular novel of the same name the Italian language film won the 1963 Palme d'Or at Cannes. It's one of those Gotterdammerung type films in which an established ruling class…More
Saturday May 21st, 2011
In Canada a young man and woman anxiously await the reading of their mother's will. The executor places 2 envelopes in front of them: one addressed to their father and the other addressed to their brother, neither of whom they have ever had any contact with. It is their mother's…More
Le Quattro Volte (The Four Times)
Friday April 22nd, 2011
Le Quattro Volte (The Four Times) is an extraordinary cinematic essay by writer/director Michelangelo Frammartino. The place is Calabria at the southern tip of Italy a mountainous area that was once home to Pythagoras and his followers who held fast to a belief in the transmigration of souls. Except for…More
Of Gods and Men
Monday March 28th, 2011
Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods and Men is a very powerful film based on actual events that occurred at a French monastery in Algeria in the 1990s during the Algerian Civil War. The Trappist monks live a hard life of prayer and self-sacrifice. They live in peace with the…More
Poetry Film
Monday March 21st, 2011
Poetry, a Korean film written and directed by Lee Chang-Dong is the 2010 winner of the Best Screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival.  It begins and ends with a river to symbolize the enduring human spirit which keeps on flowing even through the darkest times. When Yang Mi-Ja was a…More
The Housemaid
Friday February 25th, 2011
The Housemaid is a 2010 remake of a revered classic of 1960 South Korean cinema. In the original a nice couple rues the day they hire a housemaid after she tries to wreck their marriage and is instrumental in the death of one of their children. In this updated version…More
Thursday February 10th, 2011
Best Foreign Language Picture nominee "Biutiful" is a triumph for Best Actor nominee Javier Bardem playing a small time Barcelona criminal who acts as a kind of shadowy middleman between illegal human traffickers and corrupt authorities. When he learns that he has a terminal illness his life becomes a struggle…More

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