Tag Archives: 1990s

Djöflaeyjan / Devil’s Island (1996) Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, Baltasar Kormákur, Gísli Halldórsson, Sigurveig Jónsdóttir

Djoflaeyjan (1996)
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.

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Le journal de Lady M / The Diary of Lady M (1992) Alain Tanner, Myriam Mézières, Juanjo Puigcorbé, Félicité Wouassi, Drama, Erotic

Le journal de Lady M (1992)
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.

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Le huitième jour / The Eighth Day (1996) Jaco Van Dormael, Daniel Auteuil, Pascal Duquenne, Miou-Miou, Comedy, Drama

Le huitieme jour (1996)
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.

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The Fantasticks (1995) Michael Ritchie, Joel Grey, Barnard Hughes, Jean Louisa Kelly, Musical, Romance

The Fantasticks (1995)
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!

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