Tag Archives: 2000s

Godforsaken (2010) Jamil Dehlavi, Annabel Wright, Trevor White, Nick Ashdon, Thriller, Fantasy

Godforsaken (2010)
Lucille makes her confession to the priest. It is the story of a mother driven mad by the loss of her child. And of an encounter with a man who claimed to be an angel seeking redemption for the death of a child under his protection. He had no name. The night he first appeared, sixteen years ago, the child was killed. Now he carries wounds on his back that resemble the stumps of severed wings. And he has a mission. Was he real? Or the product of her tortured mind. Was he Godsent? Or was he Godforsaken?
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Kapgang / Speed Walking (2014) Niels Arden Oplev, Villads Bøye, Anders W. Berthelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Drama

Kapgang AKA Speed Walking (2014)
In a quirky, small town, situated in the outskirts of everything, 14-year-old Martin is getting ready for one of the most formal transitions from boy to man; the communion. It’s 1976, music’s in the air and hormones are blossoming. But in the midst of it all Martin’s mother suddenly passes away and her tragic death trickers a series of events that not only changes Martin’s life forever, but also affects everyone else in the local community. An intense, humorous and evocative story about how life and death demands a transition in us all.
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Bashing (2005) Masahiro Kobayashi, Fusako Urabe, Nene Ohtsuka, Takayuki Katô, Drama

Bashing (2005)
Yuko volunteered to be an aid worker in Iraq and was taken hostage there. When freed she returned to Japan, but after being home six months she is still the ongoing object of harassment from her own countrymen. A co-worker finds many angry postings on the Internet denouncing her and spreads them very vocally, causing her boss let her go. He tells her that the atmosphere at the hotel where she works as a chambermaid has changed negatively as a result. Several anonymous phones are made daily to her at home where she lives with her father and stepmother, saying that she is an embarrassment and disgrace to Japan. She is even harassed by strangers on the street after buying soup at a local convenience store, ruining her dinner. Her boyfriend dumps her, calling her actions as a volunteer in a foreign country selfish, that she should have stayed in Japan and only helped her own community. Yuko’s father supported her decision to go to the Middle East, and he defends her actions after her …
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La virgen de la lujuria / The Virgin of Lust (2002) Arturo Ripstein, Luis Felipe Tovar, Ariadna Gil, Patricia Reyes Spíndola, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

La virgen de la lujuria AKA The Virgin of Lust (2002)
In Vera Cruz in the 1940s, Nacho, an Indian, waits tables at Don Lázaro’s café at Hotel Ofélia. He falls for Lola, an opium-addicted, alcoholic whore who’s hopelessly in love with Gardenia Wilson, a masked wrestler who slept with her once but knows she’s unbalanced. Don Lázaro warns Nacho about Lola, and Nacho knows his love will be unrequited, but he’ll do anything, regardless of how degrading, to be near her. Lola, for her part, can be sadistic. Republican exiles who are regulars at the café encourage Lola’s desire to assassinate Franco. Nacho in turn mixes this political mirage with his fascination with the plot of “The Mikado.” Where do fantasies and obsessions lead?
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Jongens / Boys (2014) Mischa Kamp, Gijs Blom, Ko Zandvliet, Jonas Smulders, Drama, Romance

Jongens AKA Boys (2014)
BOYS tells the story of Sieger, a sporty, rather quiet 15-year-old boy who discovers love during the summer holidays. Sieger is training in the new athletics team for the national relay championships and meets the intriguing and unpredictable Marc. The friendship that develops seems nothing out of the ordinary, but Sieger secretly harbours stronger feelings for Marc. He engages in a lonely struggle with himself when it emerges that Marc is also in love with him. With his best friend Stef, Sieger discovers a motocross track outside the village. Events soon take on a momentum of their own as Sieger quickly becomes involved with Jessica. At last, he counts for something in the eyes of his tough older brother Eddy, who is secretly using the track to tear around on a moped. Sieger keeps quiet about this to his father, who often clashes with the rebellious Eddy since their mother’s death. Sieger tries to make peace between the two, but his mind is elsewhere, as he finds it increasingly …
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Bin-jip / 3-Iron (2004) Ki-duk Kim, Seung-yeon Lee, Hyun-kyoon Lee, Hyuk-ho Kwon, Crime, Drama, Romance

Bin-jip (2004)
The lonely and silent rider Tae-suk breaks in empty houses and lives a normal life while the owners are traveling. He does not steal anything and moves from house to house without any loss other than food, and he cleans the houses, provides small repairs or washes some clothes to pay for the hospitality. When he enters in the house of Sun-hwa, he does not see the woman that is wounded in her room after being beaten up on by her abusive husband Min-gyu Lee. Tae-suk helps the hurt woman and when Min-gyu returns, he hits the husband with golf balls and Sun-hwa leaves her husband with Tae-suk on his motorcycle. When they break in the house of an old man, they find that the man is dead and Tae-suk provides funeral service for him. However, his son returns and Tae-suk and Sun-hwa are arrested by two abusive police detectives. He is sent to prison and Sun-hwa is forced to return home. But she never forgets him.
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Zwartboek / Black Book (2006) Paul Verhoeven, Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, Drama, Thriller, War

Zwartboek (2006)
Israel 1956. Rachel, a Jew, rather unexpectedly meets an old friend at the kibbutz where she is working as a teacher. It brings back memories of her experiences in The Netherlands during the war, memories of betrayal. September 1944. Rachel is in trouble when her hiding place is bombed by allied troops. She gets in contact with a man from the resistance and joins a group of Jews who are to be smuggled across the Biesbosch by boat to the freed South Netherlands. Germans from a patrol boat murder them all however. Only Rachel is able to escape. She is rescued by a resistance group under the leadership of Gerben Kuipers. When Kuipers’ son is captured after trying to smuggle weapons, he asks Rachel to seduce SS-hauptsturmführer Ludwig Müntze. Soon she will find out the attack in the Biesbosch wasn’t a coincidence.
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Vendredi soir / Friday Night (2002) Claire Denis, Valérie Lemercier, Vincent Lindon, Hélène de Saint-Père, Drama, Romance

Vendredi soir (2002)
Having packed up her possessions to move in with her lover, Laure is more unsettled than she appears. Needing to get out and have a change of scenery, she jumps in her car to go to have dinner with friends–only to become stuck in a terrible traffic jam. Laure completely forgot about the mass transit strike that has thrown the city into chaos. But Laure feels good in her car, the only place she has for herself right now. As she takes in the sights and sounds around her–the blare of horns and arguments, the shimmer of lights and camaraderie–Laure notices a calm and self-assured stranger, Jean, approach her car. Soon thereafter, she opens her car door door to the man who–that night–will change her life.
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We Don’t Live Here Anymore (2004) John Curran, Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern, Peter Krause, Drama, Romance

We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)
The movie is set in the Pacific Northwest; specifically, Washington state. We know this from a glimpse of a license plate, the craftsman architecture of the two houses, and the mature, rich landscapes in between. The setting, like the scrutiny of the four main character’s lives, is defined by the narrowness of the camera’s field-of view. The one commercial street in town is only seen in the reflection of a store window, a shot of a non-descript auto-yard, or the tunnel of a tree-lined suburban sidewalk. The lush, wooded landscape is understood as an immediate presence in the domestic and professional lives of the characters; a steep hill, railroad tracks, a rushing stream, and a path over an old steel bridge are revisited again and again by the characters in their capacities as lovers, parents and friends.
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Zhou Yu de huo che / Zhou Yu’s Train (2002) Zhou Sun, Li Gong, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Honglei Sun, Drama, Romance

Zhou Yu de huo che (2002)
Zhou Yu, a ceramic decorative artist, travels twice a week from her home town of San Ming to Chongyang to visit her boyfriend, Chen Qing, a government worker and budding poet. The two met at a dance while Chen Qing was in San Ming, his old home town, on a business trip. She is the inspiration for the best of his poetry. Zhou Yu is a strong willed woman, whereas Cheng Qing is a sensitive soul. These differences in addition to the growing disparity in their life situations places an unspoken strain in their relationship, despite each truly loving the other. As such, Zhou Yu befriends Zhang Qiang, a veterinarian who travels on the same trains as her. Like Zhou Yu, Zhang Qiang is a strong personality whose emotional temperament more closely matches hers. Ultimately, the three, individually and collectively, have to decide if, and if so how each of the others fits into his/her future life, especially as Cheng Qing has to make a further decision about his professional life.
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