Djoflaeyjan takes place in Reykjavik in the years following World War II. The British and American occupation army has left their bunkers behind. They became homes to hundreds of lower-class people who were pouring into the capital during those years. Djoflaeyjan tells the story of the struggle and often humorous life of people in the bunkers in those difficult times.
Tag Archives: 1990s
Quiet Tarkovskian drama about an old man who lives alone on a deserted island which the Soviet fighter planes use for nighttime target practicing. A young mute boy is sent from the mainland to keep him company. Both are haunted by memories, the boy about his mother and the old man about his younger days as a missionary in Africa.
The Grifters (1990) Stephen Frears, Anjelica Huston, John Cusack, Annette Bening, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Lily works for a bookie, placing bets to change the odds at the track. When her son is hospitalized after an unsuccessful con job and resultant beating, she finds that even an absentee parent has feelings for her child. This causes her own job to go wrong as well. Each of them faces the down side of the grift.
Shinjuku kuroshakai: Chaina mafia sensô / Shinjuku Underworld: Chinese Mafia War (1995) Takashi Miike, Kippei Shîna, Tomorowo Taguchi, Takeshi Caesar, Crime, Drama, Mystery
The film is based around the interactions of a homosexual triad group with a police officer as well as opposing yakuza organizations. When the younger brother to a renegade police officer becomes the lawyer to the triad group, an argument between the two leads to the downfall of the organization.
Le journal de Lady M / The Diary of Lady M (1992) Alain Tanner, Myriam Mézières, Juanjo Puigcorbé, Félicité Wouassi, Drama, Erotic
She’s a beautiful gifted performer, but her work is not the sort that invites popular acclaim. Despite the fact that she is unlikely to become famous, she enjoys her life as a performer who lives just outside the mainstream. Awaiting her backstage one evening is a Spanish painter who has seen her show and wants to make her acquaintance. They walk around Paris getting to know one another, and then the painter returns to Spain. Something about the man has moved Lady M to passion: she flies to meet him in Barcelona and he shows her his beloved Catalonia. This time, however, their relationship is as much about passionate lovemaking as it is about compatibility. So smitten is Lady M with her new man that when she discovers that the painter has a black wife and child, she is only a little bit taken aback and she invites his whole family to join her in Paris. Surprisingly, they do, and the number of people sharing their love and sexual appetites changes from two to three.
Le huitième jour / The Eighth Day (1996) Jaco Van Dormael, Daniel Auteuil, Pascal Duquenne, Miou-Miou, Comedy, Drama
Georges has Down’s syndrome, living at a mental-institution. Harry is a busy businessman, giving lectures for young aspiring salesmen. He is successful in his business life, but his social life is a disaster since his wife left him and took their two children with her. This weekend his children came by train to meet him, but Harry, working as always, forgot to pick them up. Neither his wife nor his children want to see him again and he is driving around on the country roads, anguished and angry. He almost runs over Georges, on the run from the institution since everybody else went home with their parents except him, whose mother is dead. Harry tries to get rid of Georges but he won’t leave his new friend. Eventually a special friendship forms between the two of them, a friendship which makes Harry a different person.
This is the story of a young woman (who lives in Los Angeles) with a very boring job. At night however, she and a male partner cruise the bars as swingers. After a time, she begins to believe that a conspiracy exists and decides that she must become a born-again Christian. The movie presents an interesting view of how even the most unlikely person might become born-again.
The Fantasticks (1995) Michael Ritchie, Joel Grey, Barnard Hughes, Jean Louisa Kelly, Musical, Romance
Two teenagers on neighboring farms steal glances and hide their romance from their feuding fathers. Little do these love-birds know, however, that their fathers are actually good friends who’ve hatched a plan – with the help of a mystical roving side-show and its equally mysterious ring master – to get these two lovers down the aisle! But be careful what you wish for. Because to bring these families together… they must first be torn apart!
Night Eyes II (1991) Rodney McDonald, Andrew Stevens, Shannon Tweed, Tim Russ, Drama, Thriller, Erotic
Security expert Will Griffith has been hired to secure the mansion of South American expatriate Hector Mejenes, who has had attempts made on his life, upon the insistance of his American wife, Marilyn. Now the neglected wife finds herself attracted to the security guard and vice versa.