Haghi is a criminal mastermind whose ubiquitous spy operation is always several steps ahead of the police and the government’s secret service. Enter Agent 326, the daring and dashing young man, who thinks his disguise as a dirty, bearded vagrant is fooling the unknown mastermind and his minions. But Haghi is well aware of 326’s existence and what he looks like. Enter Sonya, a Russian lady in Haghi’s employ. Haghi wants Sonya to subvert the efforts of the government agent, but doesn’t count on her falling in love with him. Meanwhile, Haghi is anxious to get his hands on a Japanese peace treaty in the possession of the cunning Doctor Masimoto, whose mistress is also in his employ.
La neuvaine / The Novena (2005) Bernard Émond, Elise Guilbault, Patrick Drolet, Marie-Josée Bastien, Drama
Shesh Peamim / S#x Acts / Six Acts (2012) Johnathan Gurfinkel, Sivan Levy, Eviatar Mor, Roy Nik, Drama
Gili is a teenager who decides to change schools. She is determined to improve her lame social status. Over the course of a few weeks she hooks up with several different boys, all from her new school. Their encounters get more and more sexual, each time exploring their limits a little further. The boys are eager to take what is so generously offered, and Gili is thrilled with the attention. Just as Gili is trapped in the zone where it’s not certain if she is giving her consent to what is happening or not, the viewer too feels trapped in the same zone, feeling for certain that something terrible is happening, but unable to pin point exactly when, and what…
In the winter of her senior year, Maya talks to Jared at a frat party, accepts his invitation to dinner at a nice restaurant, then goes to his apartment, just to talk. He assaults her. Her personality changes, she’s withdrawn; she graduates and takes a job at a clothing store, staying apart from co-workers. At night, she’s someone else: a beauty at the club scene, dancing, seductive, sniffing cocaine, becoming the friend of a heavy hitter. She thinks about her racial identity. That fall, she’s a grad student, and Jared is in an exam she proctors. She invites him to her apartment; he’s certain she’s stuck on him.
Katakuri-ke no kôfuku / The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001) Takashi Miike, Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda, Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
A pioneer of a man convinces his family to take advantage of news of a road soon to be built through an area of the country that can be had for next to nothing. He, his aging, but wise father, his loving and loyal wife, along with a slow-to-persuade son and a divorced daughter with toddler in hand who also happens to be the narrator, bravely move out to this new space and open a bed and breakfast. They make the place everything anyone could want, as they have so much time to work on it, since no one is making reservations to stay there. Eventually, the customers come…but each one dies while in their room and the family is trying to get rid of the evidence a.s.a.p so as not to ruin their reputation before they even get up and running. One thing leads to another and the bodies have to be moved.
The Halliday Brand (1957) Joseph H. Lewis, Joseph Cotten, Viveca Lindfors, Betsy Blair, Drama, Western
As a man returns home to see his dying father, the story of the alienation between father and son is told in flashback. Purposely letting his daughter’s lover get lynched, shooting the lynched man’s father when he threatens him with a gun, and the bullying tactics used by him as a Sheriff causes the son to leave. The son now plans to ruin his father and get his Sheriff’s badge removed.
I like the Girls who Do / Liebesjagd durch 7 Betten (1973) Hans Billian, Alena Penz, Gunter Ziegler, Franziska Stömmer, Comedy, Erotic
Johnny has been left a hefty inheritance from his recently deceased uncle – an infamous ladies’ man. But there is a unique stipulation standing in the way of its collection. The sexually inexperienced Johnny has seven days to bed the last seven women that his uncle had seduced. All of them are young, lusty and insatiable beauties who gladly obey the uncle’s dying request and show Johnny all there is to know about around-the-clock lovemaking and more! But as Johnny’s triumphs and pleasures mount from girls one through six, he discovers that his seventh and final conquest – the most luscious vixen of all – may be a little harder to achieve. Will Johnny fulfill his uncle’s wish and secure untold financial and sexual rewards beyond his wildest dreams? Or will his bedcount fall one short?
“This is an entirely imaginary story about the writer Dashiell Hammett, who… in the words of one of his most gifted contemporaries… helped get murder out of the vicar’s rose garden and back to the people who are really good at it. The detective story has not been the same since.” So begins Hammett, the atmospheric and exciting tale of a young mystery writer who really lives the hard-boiled life he writes about – and learns to dig beneath the surface of his characters to reveal their deeper, darker motivations.
First Monday in October (1981) Ronald Neame, Walter Matthau, Jill Clayburgh, Barnard Hughes, Comedy, Drama
Ruth Loomis becomes the first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court. A staunch conservative, she immediately runs into conflict with Dan Snow, the high court’s resident liberal. Although, they never agree on the issues before the Court, they develop a respect and affection for one another after several comedic encounters.
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010) Werner Herzog, Dmitry Vasyukov, Nikolay Nikiforovitch Siniaev, Gennady Soloviev, Documentary
In the center of the story is the life of the indigenous people of the village Bakhtia at the river Yenisei in the Siberian Taiga. The camera follows the protagonists in the village over a period of a year. The natives, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, keep living their lives according to their own cultural traditions. The expressive pictures are accompanied by original sound bites quoting the villagers.