A young Greek composer is trying to escape the era’s disease, apathy. After his wife falls into an irreversible coma, he travels to Paris where he wants to meet Aphrodite, a girl who impressed him with her photos in the papers years ago. He hopes that she will tell him the word he expects before midnight on his coming birthday, therefore grant him an extension of his life.
Tag Archives: 1980s
L’amour par terre / Love on the Ground (1984) Jacques Rivette, Jane Birkin, Geraldine Chaplin, André Dussollier, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
One of Jacques Rivette’s most accessible films – a reflection on theatre and life, mixed with playful references to haunted-house thrillers and mysterious-mansion whodunnits. The plot concerns semi-professional actors Emily (Jane Birkin) and Charlotte (Geraldine Chaplin) and their small theatrical troupe who are brought to a famous playwright’s (Jean-Pierre Kalfon) ornate, decaying mansion to perform a work-in-progress that seems to mirror some unexplained recent events in the author’s own life. The play does not have a final act, the playwright tells his guests, because the story isn’t over yet…
Chakra / The Vicious Circle (1981) Rabindra Dharmaraj, Savita Bajaj, Arun Bakshi, Suresh Bhagwat, Drama
Amma lives in Bijapur with her husband and son, Benwa. When a man attempts to sexually molest her, he is killed by her husband, the trio flee, but the husband is shot dead by the police. Amma re-locates to a shanty slum near Dharavi, Bombay, where Benwa grows up and shines shoes for a living. Amma is sexually active with Looka, a hoodlum and extortionist who shows up once in while, and also has a steady relationship with trucker, Anna. Both Looka and Anna are unaware of each other. Looka gets Benwa married to Amli from a nearby slum & Anna gets Amma a much better shelter. All seems to be going well until the Police come looking for an injured Looka, when he robs a pharmacy in order to get medicines for himself. Watch what happens when the Police arrive and find a visibly pregnant Amma with Looka, and the impact this will have on her relationship with Anna.
L’étudiante / The Student (1988) Claude Pinoteau, Sophie Marceau, Vincent Lindon, Élisabeth Vitali, Comedy, Romance
Three months before her final examinations, the ambitious teachership student Valentine concentrates herself completely on learning. When Jazz musician Edouard wooes her, she agrees on a date though – planning for one night of pleasure only. But when she comes to know him better, she realizes that he isn’t as shallow as she thought… so lust turns to love. But between her examination preparations and a tournee with a jazz band almost no time is left to be spent together.
La venexiana / The Venetian Woman (1986) Mauro Bolognini, Laura Antonelli, Monica Guerritore, Jason Connery, Drama, Romance, Erotic
Venice, sixteenth century. Giulio, a foreign gentleman spends a memorable night in the city where he meets and beds two beautiful women. They are Angela, a widowed lady, and Valeria, whose husband has left for Florence.
Lianna and her husband Dick have been married for a few years but the marriage isn’t a happy one, since Dick treats her with arrogance. One day Lianna falls in love – with Ruth, a teacher. The people who know them act different: her husband with feelings of sexual betrayal, her children with curiosity and Lianna’s friends with ambivalence.
Les ripoux / My New Partner (1984) Claude Zidi, Philippe Noiret, Thierry Lhermitte, Régine, Comedy, Crime
Rene is a “ripou”, a rotten cop who makes ends meet by accepting bribes, presents and free drinks from the people he should be putting in jail. When his partner retires, he must team up with Francois, a young police school graduate with a righteous attitude. He is hard to break and Rene has to trick him. He introduces Francois to a charming girl and forgets to mention she’s a prostitute. Now Rene has something against Francois he can use in case his partner should want to reveal Rene’s little commerce with the underworld. The partners ultimately become friends, get one another out of a tough situation, and manage to gather enough money to buy Rene his lifelong dream: a small café near the horse tracks.
Das Boot ist voll / The Boat Is Full (1981) Markus Imhoof, Tina Engel, Hans Diehl, Martin Walz, Drama, War
During World War II, Switzerland severely limited refugees: “Our boat is full.” A train from Germany halts briefly in an isolated corner of Switzerland. Six people jump off seeking asylum: four Jews, a French child, and a German soldier. They seek temporary refuge with a couple who run a village inn. They pose as a family: the deserter as husband, Judith as his wife, an old man from Vienna as her father, his granddaughter and the French lad, whom they beg to keep silent, as their children. Judith’s teenage brother poses as a soldier. The fabrication unravels through chance and the local constable’s exact investigation. Whom will the Swiss allow to stay? Who gets deported?
Patty Hearst (1988) Paul Schrader, Natasha Richardson, William Forsythe, Ving Rhames, Biography, Drama
The true story of a rich girl who was abducted by American revolutionaries in the 1970’s. Her time spent with her captors made her question herself and her way of life and she joined forces with the cause that her abductors were fighting for. This created a US scandal and Patty Hearst has become a pop culture fixture.
Ellen Burstyn stars as the Canadian mother of a college student who vanishes mysteriously while driving back to school in the states. After having no luck from the police, she hires a private detective (Robert Prosky) to help her. Their tenacious pursuit of clues uncovers the grim details of her sons fate, leading to a shocking climax.