Sara and Kurt Muller and their three children are returning to her mother’s home in Washington DC after 18 years in Europe. A Romanian Count living there discovers Kurt’s attache case full of money. He also finds out from friends at the German Embassy that Kurt is working with an anti-Nazi underground group in Germany. He tries to blackmail Kurt. Kurt shoots him and must flee. When Sara hears no more of Kurt, she knows that her oldest son Joshua will soon leave to work in the underground.
Man was made to be happy for simple reasons and unhappy for even simpler ones – just as he is born for simple reasons and dies for even simpler ones… Isa and Bahar are two lonely figures dragged through the ever-changing climate of their inner selves in pursuit of a happiness that no longer belongs to them.
La messa è finita / The Mass Is Ended (1985) Nanni Moretti, Marco Messeri, Ferruccio De Ceresa, Comedy, Drama
Don Giulio, a young Roman priest, returns home after being pastor in an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea and is intended for a church in the suburbs. In Rome he found his parents, sister and old friends. But the reality is different from the one he left. The parish is practically deserted his predecessor married, has one child and lives a few meters from the rectory; and even friends have changed (who is on trial for terrorism; those who want to become a priest without understanding why, and who is gay and is living squalid adventures; who was abandoned by his friend and lives in total isolation). Even in family things go better. His father, now old, has a crush on a woman and leaves his wife, who commits suicide. The sister is pregnant with boyfriend and Don Giulio can barely keep her abortion.
Toto le héros / Toto the Hero (1991) Jaco Van Dormael, Michel Bouquet, Mireille Perrier, Jo De Backer, Comedy, Drama
Thomas and Alfred were born around the same time; a fire in the nursery had nurses scrambling to save the newborns. Because he felt that he deserved Alfred’s good fortune at being born into a wealthy family, Thomas conceives the idea that he and Alfred were switched at birth, and he can’t help seeing that his unhappiness should be Alfred’s, from the loss of his sister to his inability to have a relationship with the woman Evelyne. So, as his life is ending, he formulates a plan of revenge against his bitter enemy, his lifetime adversary, the man who stole his existence.
L’uomo in più / One Man Up (2001) Paolo Sorrentino, Toni Servillo, Andrea Renzi, Antonino Bruschetta, Comedy, Drama
The debut feature by acclaimed Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo) is a stylish and blackly comic look at the dark side of fame. Evocatively set during the eighties, the film charts the decline of two men both named Antonio Pisapia who lead entirely separate yet strangely parallel lives. One (Toni Servillo, Gomorrah) is a pop singer who finds himself washed up after a sex scandal ends his run of success; the other (Andrea Renzi) a football hero whose playing career is abruptly cut short by injury. Sharply observed and featuring excellent performances from the two leads, Sorrentino’s compelling film explores the personal consequences wrought by cruel reversals of fortune.
Les états nordiques / Drifting States (2005) Denis Côté, Christian LeBlanc, Radisson’s Citizens, Drama
Christian has commited a crime, a crime of compassion. A troubled soul, he must now flee not only the law, but the deep ethical consequences of his act. The path he sets upon leads him to where all roads end : a small community by the name of Radisson, 1500km north of Montreal. Slowly, he starts his life anew among his new neighbours, a new job, a new interest in life. His story drifts along, somewhere between fiction and reality…
Die weiße Spinne / The White Spider (1963) Harald Reinl, Joachim Fuchsberger, Karin Dor, Horst Frank, Crime, Drama
Dowdy housewife Kitty dotes on her self-centered husband but divorces him when his mistress shows up at their home one day to break up their marriage. Bob had become bored with her lackluster appearance, their children and himself. Kitty re-invents herself and becomes a Continental favorite, dressing like a fashion model and behaving gaily. Three years after their divorce, Bob is at the home of a wealthy matron romancing her soon-to-be-married granddaughter, when the matron invites Kitty to a weekend party to steal Bob away from the granddaughter. When Kitty and Bob see each other, neither lets on they have a past, and the party continues as Bob pursues his ex-wife and new conquest equally.
Murder Most Foul (1964) George Pollock, Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Although the evidence appears to be overwhelming in the strangulation murder of a blackmailer, Miss Marple’s sole ‘not guilty’ vote hangs the jury 11-1. She becomes convinced that the real murderer is a member of a local theatrical troupe, so she joins them in order to gather information. The clues lead back many years to a single disastrously unsuccessful 1951 performance of a dreadful play written by the group’s hammy director, H. Driffold Cosgood. Although at that time, several of the current cast members were only children, more murders follow before Miss Marple ultimately exposes the killer.
Veronika wa shinu koto ni shita / Veronika Decides to Die (2005) Kei Horie, Yôko Maki, Wan Lee, Jun Fubuki, Drama
Towa lives in a peculiar sanatorium after committing suicide. Convalescing in sanatorium, she is informed that she has only 7 days to live. Isolated within their worlds, strange people live in this sanatorium and try to avoid making any contact with her. However, Claude a man who lost his power of speech feels sympathetic towards her and their every lovable things give true colors to the life and inspire Towa’s honest desire for the life.