Tag Archives: 1990s

The Spanish Prisoner (1997) David Mamet, Steve Martin, Ben Gazzara, Campbell Scott, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
Joe Ross is a rising star. He’s designed a process that will make his company millions. He wants a bonus for this work, but fears his boss will stiff him. He meets a wealthy stranger, Jimmy Dell, and they strike up an off-kilter friendship. When the boss seems to set Ross up to get nothing, he seeks Dell’s help. Then he learns Dell is not what he seems, so he contacts an FBI agent through his tightly-wound assistant, Susan Ricci. The FBI asks him to help entrap Dell. He accepts, a sting is arranged, but suddenly it’s he who’s been conned out of the process and framed for murder. Bewildered and desperate, he enlists Susan’s aid to prove his innocence.

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Wo ai chu fang / Kitchen (1997) Ho Yim, Jordan Chan, Yasuko Tomita, Kar-Ying Law, Drama, Romance

Wo ai chu fang (1997)
The lives of Louis (Jordan Chan), a hairdresser women, and transgender “mother” (Law Kar-ying) inevitably change with the arrival of a beautiful orphan who will stay at home (Yasuko Tomita). Aggie wants to be a professional cook, but after the death of her grandmother, falls into a deep depression. With the help of Louis and his mother, begins to understand that life is unpredictable.

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L’assedio / Besieged (1998) Thandie Newton, David Thewlis, Claudio Santamaria, Bernardo Bertolucci, Drama, Romance

Besieged (1998)
When an African dictator jails her husband, Shandurai goes into exile in Italy, studying medicine and keeping house for Mr. Kinsky, an eccentric English pianist and composer. She lives in one room of his Roman palazzo. He besieges her with flowers, gifts, and music, declaring passionately that he loves her, would go to Africa with her, would do anything for her. “What do you know of Africa?,” she asks, then, in anguish, shouts, “Get my husband out of jail!” The rest of the film plays out the implications of this scene and leaves Shandurai with a choice.

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Death and the Maiden (1994) Roman Polanski, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Stuart Wilson, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Death and the Maiden (1994)
Paulina Escobar is a political activist whose husband is a prominent lawyer in an unnamed South American country just out of a dictatorship. One day a storm forces her husband to ride home with a neighbor. That chance encounter brings up demons from her past, as she is convinced that the neighbor (Dr. Miranda) was part of the old fascist regime that tortured and raped her, while blindfolded. Paulina takes him captive to determine the truth. Paulina is torn between her psychological repressions and somber memory, Gerardo is torn between his wife and the law, and Dr. Miranda is forced to endure captivity while husband and wife seek out the uncertain truth about the clouded past.

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