Takashi and four of his classmates, fourth-grade students, cannot succeed in doing a back pullover around a horizontal bar. Their gym teacher warns them: they have one week to succeed; if they resign now, then, tomorrow, facing life difficulties, they will always run away and become bums. Furthermore, all five must succeed, if one of them cannot do it, then all of them fail. Takashi is really worried and wonders if he won’t be always the looser who couldn’t succeed in the back pullover bar exercise.
Tag Archives: 1990s
Les misérables (1995) Claude Lelouch, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Michel Boujenah, Alessandra Martines, Drama, History
Henri Fortin is poor and iliterate former boxer. Ziman is rich Jewish lawyer from Paris. During WWII they meet when Fortin agrees to drive Ziman’s family to Switzerland. Intrigued by Victor Hugo’s novel “Les Miserables”, Fortin asks the Zimans to read that book to him during the travel. Before the end of movie every main character would see his character in situations similar to those in Hugo’s novel.
Young Leo Lauzon is torn between two worlds – the squalid Montreal tenement that he inhabits with his severely dysfunctional (and largely insane) family, and the imaginative world that he constructs for himself through his writings, where he’s Leolo Lozone, son of a Sicilian peasant (conceived in a bizarre act involving a tomato). And his experiences of growing up (especially his sexual development) affect his response to both these worlds…
A fable unfolds. One summer day, a boy of about ten appears on the streets of Nice – no family, no possessions, no schooling, but with a brilliant smile. Mondo’s most at home in gardens, fields, and at the seashore. The bustle of the city can seem to overwhelm him. He has good survival instincts, running from police and from threatening adults, and he is looking for a family. Over time, people come to know him – he helps out a street magician, befriends an old man who keeps doves in his suitcase, and finds a mother, herself an outsider. That smile is always at hand. Yet, no vagabond child sits well with the authorities. Can Nice keep this treasure of the spirit?
Les voleurs / Thieves (1996) André Téchiné, Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil, Laurence Côte, Crime, Drama, Romance
In the middle of the night, someone brings Ivan’s body home to his wife and his sad-faced, jug-eared son. Through flashbacks, the film discloses the relationships among Ivan and his brother Alex, a cop with a cleanliness fetish; siblings Juliette and Jimmy, Ivan’s partners in a seedy nightclub; the love triangle of Alex, Juliette, and Marie, a professor of philosophy; and of Alex and his nephew, Ivan’s dour, stoic son. Ivan’s death changes every relationship. Images of paragliders, sun bathers, and opera suggest an expansive, colorful world outside the constricted lives of these characters.
When someone tries to murder watchmaker Eddy Kay, the incident triggers a barrage of nightmares and flashbacks into a past that isn’t his own. Fearing for his sanity, Eddy contacts psychiatrist Dr. Anna Nolmar for help. Anna thinks he’s hallucinating until another attack proves the dangers are all too real. The two of them go on the run, trying to discover the truth about Eddie’s past and true identity before it kills them.
Pas de scandale / Keep It Quiet (1999) Benoît Jacquot, Fabrice Luchini, Isabelle Huppert, Vincent Lindon, Drama
In this low key satirical farce, a CEO is released from prison and rejoins his family, who have a difficult time with his complete change in character, moving from a captain of industry to an eccentric innocent.
Høyere enn himmelen / Beyond the Sky (1993) Berit Nesheim, Inger Lise Winjevoll, Harriet Andersson, Arne Willy Granli Johnsen, Drama, Family
Based upon the novel by Klaus Hagerup, we follow the grumpy 12 year old Mari, without any friends, not at all content with her body or her family. Interesingly enough, quite like her grumpy teacher, actually.
Tár úr steini / Tears of Stone (1995) Hilmar Oddsson, Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Ruth Olafsdottir, Winfried Wagner, Biography, Drama
Germany in the 1930s. Jón Leifs has a promising future when he falls in love with and marries a Jewish girl, Annie Riethof. The couple settles in Berlin, where Annie is a succesful concert pianist. Jón’s quest for success soon becomes a quest for survival. His love for music has to fight his love for his Jewish wife and Jewish daughters. He is forced to choose between his career and his family, in a country which has become hell on earth.