Alfie Byrne is a middle-aged bus conductor in Dublin in 1963. He would appear to live a life of quiet desperation: he’s gay, but firmly closeted, and his sister is always trying to find him “the right girl”. His passion is Oscar Wilde, his hobby is putting on amateur theatre productions in the local church hall. We follow him as he struggles with temptation, friendship, disapproval, and the conservative yet oddly lyrical world of Ireland in the early 1960s.
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La casa del sorriso / The House of Smiles (1998) Marco Ferreri, Ingrid Thulin, Dado Ruspoli, Enzo Cannavale, Drama, Romance
Adelina, a former “Miss Smiles” beauty queen, is a resident at a senior citizen retirement home. Her joie de vie and unfaded beauty make her attractive to the male residents, especially Andrea, a dapper and charming but married septuagenarian. Their initial mutual attraction evolves into physical desire, but their families and the conservative culture of the institution conspire against their consummating their love.
La chasse aux papillons / Chasing Butterflies (1992) Otar Iosseliani, Narda Blanchet, Pierette Pompom Bailhache, Aleksandr Cherkasov, Drama
Suture (1993) Scott McGehee, David Siegel, Dennis Haysbert, Mel Harris, Sab Shimono, Drama, Thriller
Brothers Vincent (rich) and Clay (poor) meet up for the first time after their father’s funeral and remark on how similar they look. But unknown to Clay, who thinks his life is taking a turn for the better, Vince is actually plotting to kill him with a car bomb and pass the corpse off as his own, planning to start a new life elsewhere with his father’s inheritance. But Clay survives the blast and has his face, memory and identity restored in hospital… but are they the right ones?
Talking Head (1992) Mamoru Oshii, Shigeru Chiba, Yoshikazu Fujiki, Keishi Hunt, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Talking Head (1992) is a live action film written and directed by Mamoru Oshii. Its a surreal meta-film mystery involving the production of an anime called Talking Head. In legendary director Mamoru Oshii’s TALKING HEADS, the director of the most-talked about anime movie of the year disappears, and the studio desperately searches for his replacement. However, they soon have …
Punk Vacation (1990) Stanley Lewis, Roxanne Rogers, Don Martin, Louis Waldon, Crime, Action, Thriller
The tranquility of a small California hamlet gets ripped asunder after diner owner Mr. Kemper gets brutally murdered by a gang of vicious punks. Kemper’s eldest daughter Lisa vows to get revenge on the punks for killing her dad, but things go awry after Lisa winds up being abducted by the gang. This leads to an all-out war between the punks and the redneck town residents.
Seul contre tous / I Stand Alone (1998) Gaspar Noé, Philippe Nahon, Blandine Lenoir, Frankie Pain, Crime, Drama
The Butcher (known from Noe’s short film Carne) has done some time in jail after beating up the guy who tried to seduce his teenage mentally-handicapped daughter. Now he wants to start a new life. He leaves his daughter in an institution and moves to Lille suburbs with his mistress. She promised him a new butcher shop. She lied. The butcher decides to go back to Paris and find his daughter.
Historia kina w Popielawach / History of Cinema in Popielawy (1998) Jan Jakub Kolski, Krzysztof Majchrzak, Bartosz Opania, Grazyna Blecka-Kolska, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
“Historia kina w Popielawach” is a bucolic familiar tale, full of irony and heavily intertwined with the invention of the motion picture. The narrator is a boy of ten years, during the sixties, traveling from town to visit the village of his grandfather, Popielawy. About a hundred years ago – nearly a quarter of a century before Edison and the Lumiere brothers – the village blacksmith invented a cinematic apparatus with which he was able to project images drawn in the bladders of fish and pigs, making them “come alive”. One hundred years later, the great grandson of a blacksmith Szustek is determined to rebuild the machine from its ancestor, despite the opposition of his father.
Nina, a successful but world-weary art dealer, is surprised to find that her usual masseur, Douglas, has sent a substitute – Fitch – to provide her with her regular weekly massage at her home. Nina and Fitch find that they are both mutually attracted, and annoy one another a great deal. Their differences of temperament and lifestyle create friction, and they find their similarities nearly as grating. Through flashbacks we learn how Nina and Fitch have arrived at this meeting, and see that perhaps they have enough common ground to learn some important lessons from each other.