The story of Pascal Ichak, a larger-than-life French traveller, bon vivant, and chef, who falls in love with Georgia and a Georgian princess in the early 1920s. All is well until the arrival of the Red Army of the Caucasus, as the Soviet revolution that has swept Russian comes to Georgia. Told as a flashback from the present, as a French-Georgian man whose mother was Pascal’s lover translates his memoirs for Pascal’s niece.
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Andi is the wife of Tim, who is collecting venom from poisonous eels on a tropical island. She comes to visit him, and having missed him for some time, has torrid sex with him at every occassion. This attracts the attention of Dak, who was raised in a chauvinistic culture and is very attracted to Andi. Tim becomes obsessed with gathering the venom, so Andi decides to go on a motorcycle ride with Dak to an underground cave, where he seduces her. However, Andi refuses to let Dak have his way with her again, and this leads him to trick Tim into poisoning himself. While Tim is sick in bed, Dak rapes Andi However, Andi refuses to give up on her husband and decides to go diving for the eels herself.
Rukajärven tie / Ambush (1999) Olli Saarela, Peter Franzén, Irina Björklund, Kari Heiskanen, War, Drama
Set during the World War 2. In the summer of 1941 the Finnish army crosses the border of Russia. A platoon led by Lt. Eero Perkola goes through the wilderness around the Lieksa lake to search for Russian defensive positions. The platoon kills some Russian civilians and rests in a newly conquered village. There Lt. Perkola meets his fiancée Kaarina, who is serving in the Women’s Auxilary Corps (Lotta). Then the platoon continues with the mission, but a message about Kaarina’s possible death reaches Lt. Perkola. The message causes Perkola to become distracted during the mission.
Shakha Proshakha / The Branches of the Tree (1990) Satyajit Ray, Ajit Banerjee, Haradhan Bannerjee, Soumitra Chatterjee, Drama
An aged patriarch (Ajit Bannerjee), popular for his scrupulous honesty, has a heart attack in the middle of a town gathering in his honour. The event brings together his four sons, of which the second Proshanto (Soumitra) has been in reclusive insanity for several years after a shock incident years ago. Waiting for closure on the father’s health situation, the four reminisce and relive ideological differences.
Ristumine peateega / The Highway Crossing (1999) Arko Okk, Andrus Vaarik, Piret Kalda, Jaan Tätte, Comedy, Drama
Surprised by rain and sudden darkness Laura and Roland, a young couple hitch-hiking on an empty road, decide to seek shelter at a nearby country house. Osvald, the owner, seems to know the deeper meaning of their unexpected visit. His strange behaviour leads to an equally strange offer: Osvald wants to buy Roland’s wife. Laura and Roland start to play along, only to discover that their host is not kidding.
Die Beischlafdiebin (1998) Christian Petzold, Constanze Engelbrecht, Nele Mueller-Stöfen, Richy Müller, Drama
Pizza, birra, faso / Pizza, Beer, and Cigarettes (1997) Adrián Caetano, Bruno Stagnaro, Héctor Anglada, Jorge Sesán, Pamela Jordán, Crime, Drama
A couple of friends work for a taxi driver to rob his passengers, but they feel like they’re getting ripped off. They decide to plan their own robberies, but they are amateurs and things don’t go too well. One of the youths, Cordoba, whose girlfriend Sandra is pregnant, just wants to get enough cash so they can leave Argentina and get to Uruguay to start a new life. He and his friends plan one last robbery, but things don’t go as planned.
Love Kills (1991) Brian Grant, Virginia Madsen, Lenny von Dohlen, Erich Anderson, Mystery, Action, Crime
Glamorous fashion photographer Rebecca is getting even. Angered by her husband’s infidelity, she takes a lover – a mysterious hunk she fist met during a photo shoot. He’s exciting. He’s handsome. And, after a night of lovemaking, he confesses he’s a hit man hired by her husband to kill her. The stranger also says he’s had a change of heart and wants to be Rebecca’s protector. But Rebecca’s husband, a renowned psychologist, insists the man is a former patient with a hidden, twisted agenda. Both men can’t be right. Both could be lying. As the circle of suspense closes in on her, one thing is clear to Rebecca. Any choice she makes could be more than wrong…it could be fatal.
Secondløitnanten / The Last Lieutenant (1993) Hans Petter Moland, Espen Skjønberg, Lars Andreas Larssen, Gard B. Eidsvold, Drama, War
The old sea-captain retires, but the next day German WWII occupation of Norway begins. He then kisses his wife good-bye and is off to Army HQ. There he finds a lack of leadership and morale that offends him. They even laugh at him and his out-dated uniform and officer-rank. Secondloitnanten then finds and leads his private troop of volunteers against the German attack. The movie tells the story of a man that refuses to give up, even when everybody else leaves. He will fight for the country he loves and do his duty.
O Que É Isso, Companheiro? / Four Days in September (1997) Bruno Barreto, Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso, Fernanda Torres, Action, Drama, History
Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during a bank hold up. Fernando then decides to kidnap the American ambassador in Brazil and ask for the release of fifteen political prisoners in exchange for his life.