After a life of emotional and professional upsets, Alex finds himself headwaiter in a chic Parisian restaurant. Well into middle age, divorced but still very much a ladies’ man, he has one great ambition: to open an amusement park by the sea. One day, an old flame, Claire, suddenly re-enters his life. For Alex, the fires of love are easily re-kindled, but Claire has another man in her life…
Tag Archives: 1980s
Il camorrista / The Professor (1986) Giuseppe Tornatore, Ben Gazzara, Laura del Sol, Leo Gullotta, Crime, Drama
Vaguely inspired to the real story of boss of the Camorra’s bosses Raffaele Cutolo, this is the story of the criminal career of “Il professore” (the professor). He is in prison, and by there he is able to build, step by step, an empire founded on murders and drugs. He starts a war to destroy all the old Camorra bosses and becoming the new “boss of the bosses”. With his sister’s help he manages to evade from prison and escape in New York. Here he starts immediately a new relationship with “Cosa Nostra” (Italian American Mafia). He is going to seat on the peak of the most powerful criminal organization, and the Italian authorities are almost impotent.
Joyeuses Pâques / Happy Easter (1984) Georges Lautner, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Sophie Marceau, Marie Laforêt, Comedy
Industrial tycoon Stéphane Margelle is an incorrigible lady’s man. Caught by his wife Sophie in company of a charming young lady, Julie, he rushes to introduce the young woman as his daughter from a previous marriage. Sophie is not taken in but nonetheless decides to play him at his own game. And Stéphane gets trapped in his web of lies.
Itinéraire d’un enfant gâté / Itinerary of a Spoiled Child (1988) Claude Lelouch, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Richard Anconina, Lio, Drama, Adventure, Comedy
A foundling, raised in the circus, Sam Lion becomes a businessman after a trapeze accident. However, when he reaches fifty and becomes tired of his responsibilities and of his son Jean-Philippe, he decides to disappear at sea. However, he runs into Albert Duvivier, one of his former employees. He comes to realise that he has ignored the important things in his life.
The scene is a pre-French Revolution Bastille, where various political prisoners are being held: a woman who was raped and impregnated by the king, a police chief who was accused of selling bad pork, and the Marquis, who was unjustly accused of working for the overthrow of the king. The Marquis is only interested in writing his deviant stories, while his penis yearns for a little action (they argue about this frequently), the prime candidate being the jailer who likes to be buggered. The corrupt priest arranges to have the pregnant woman raped by the Marquis so they can claim the king had nothing to do with it. The priest also steals the Marquis’ manuscripts and publishes them for his own profit. Things come to a head as the people rise up against the tyranny.
Daiamondo wa kizutsukanai / The Unspoiled Diamond (1982) Toshiya Fujita, Misako Tanaka, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Mariko Kaga, Drama, Romance
Story of 20-year-old college student is involved in middle-aged lecturer to Kakemochi the prep of several for liquor and women, eventually greet goodbye. This strange their relationship staring to cool, while blurring the loneliness of modern man, one of the female college student is going to journey to the adult ….
Laberinto de pasiones / Labyrinth of Passions (1982) Pedro Almodóvar, Cecilia Roth, Imanol Arias, Helga Liné, Comedy, Drama
A camp melodrama/comedy about Sexilia (a nymphomaniac), Sadec (a gay Islamic terrorist), Riza Niro (the son of the emperor of Tiran), and Queti (the daughter of a dry-cleaner). When Riza Niro discovers that Sadec and his colleagues are after him, he disguises himself as a punk rocker, and falls in love with the stunning Sexilia, his first straight relationship. Meanwhile Queti, Sexilia’s “biggest fan”, helps Sexilia come to terms with her new life-style.
O Drakoulas ton Exarheion / Dracula of Exarcheia (1983) Nikos Zervos, Konstantinos Tzoumas, Tzimis Panousis, Vangelis Kotronis, Comedy, Horror, Music
Intoarcerea din iad / Return from Hell (1983) Nicolae Margineanu, Constantin Brînzea, Maria Ploae, Remus Margineanu, Drama
A peasant returns to his village as a rich man. Here he finds that he still has feelings for his ex-girlfriend, even though she is now married to another man. Trying to get rid of these feelings, he gets married to another girl who is madly in love with him. This only makes things harder for him and pushes him to have an affair. The break of the first world war puts him next to the cheated husband and they soon find out that their lives might depend on the other man. Will they be able to put everything aside in order to survive, or will they be consumed by their hatred for each other?