Tag Archives: 2000s

Suburban Mayhem (2006) Paul Goldman, Emily Barclay, Steve Bastoni, Laurence Breuls, Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Suburban Mayhem (2006)
Why does a 19 year-old girl plot to kill her own father? Katrina Skinner is stuck in suburbia with her toddler daughter and her devoted dad. Her brother Danny is in jail for life for murder. Her mother abandoned her years ago. The neighbors are scared of her. The police can’t keep up with her. Nobody can control her but everybody’s trying. Her dad won’t mind his own business. Katrina misses her brother. She needs money for his appeal. She’s bored and she’s sick of living with her dad. She’s not going to work a day in her life and she knows her dad’s not going to help her financially anymore. She’s first in line for the family inheritance. All she needs to do now is convince one of her lovers to do the deed and she’s never had much trouble getting men to do what she wants. All for the love of her brother. It’s John Skinner’s funeral, inside the Golden Grove Crematorium. Kat sits on the front pew between her cheeky fiancé Rusty and her toddler daughter Bailee.
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La boîte noire / The Black Box (2005) Richard Berry, José Garcia, Marion Cotillard, Michel Duchaussoy, Mystery, Thriller

La boite noire (2005)
Images flash through Arthur’s brain, voices buzz in his mind, uttering disjointed words and sentences. Arthur Seligman seems to have had an accident but did he run over a little boy or not? And what was he doing near Cherbourg while he lives in Paris? When he regains consciousness (but does he really?) Isabelle Kruger, a nurse, tells him that he had lapsed into a coma after his accident and that she wrote down all of what he said while he was delirious. She gives him the notebook and Arthur starts investigating…HIMSELF!
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Voy a explotar / I’m Gonna Explode (2008) Gerardo Naranjo, Juan Pablo de Santiago, Maria Deschamps, Martha Claudia Moreno

Voy a explotar (2008)
Tale of a young couple who throw caution to the wind and set out in search of their true fate. Román is the son of a contemptible, right-leaning congressman. Recently enrolled in a new high school, the rebellious teen clumsily attempts to hang himself on-stage at the big talent show. Maru is the sole member of the audience to applaud, earning both students a day of detention. After bonding during the course of their punishment, Román and Maru grab daddy’s gun, steal a Volkswagen, and hit the road bound for nowhere.
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Chihwaseon / Painted Fire (2002) Kwon-taek Im

Chihwaseon (2002)
The struggles of an artist. Jang Seung-up (1843-1897), also called Owon, focusing on the years 1882 to 1897, when Korea was in political upheaval, caught between China and Japan, the conservative dynasty dying, and peasant revolt at hand. Jang, born poor, has genius; a merchant, Kim, becomes his patron, finding him a teacher. Jang must convince others that a commoner can have talent, then move beyond his ability to copy old masters and find his own style. He’s bedeviled by a temper and alcohol, arguments with patrons as he seeks commissions, and relationships with kisaeng, particularly Mae-hyang, that start and stop. It’s the life of a restless spirit producing great art.
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Restul e Tacere / The Rest is Silence (2007) Nae Caranfil

Restul e Tacere (2007)
In 1911-12, the Romanian movie director Grigore Brezianu and the financial tycoon Leon Popescu made together the 2 hours long movie “Romania’s Independence” – an as faithful as possible screen adaptation of the real Independence War that had been fought in 1877. Now, “Restul e tacere” tells us, in a loose and half-fictionalized way, the story of this movie making.
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Oorlogswinter / Winter in Wartime (2008) Martin Koolhoven

Oorlogswinter (2008)
Near the end of World War II, 14-year-old Michiel becomes involved with the Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded British soldier. With the conflict coming to an end, Michiel comes of age and learns of the stark difference between adventure fantasy and the ugly realities of war.
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Ondine (2009) Neil Jordan

Ondine (2009)
On the coast of Cork, Syracuse is a divorced fisherman who has stopped drinking. His precocious daughter Annie has failing kidneys. One day, he finds a nearly-drowned young woman in his net; she calls herself Ondine and wants no one to see her. He puts her up in an isolated cottage that was his mother’s. Annie discovers Ondine’s presence and believes she is a selkie, a seal that turns human while on land. Syracuse is afraid to hope again.
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Nuodemes uzkalbejimas / Whisper of Sin (2007) Algimantas Puipa

Nuodemes uzkalbejimas (2007)
A nearly-suicidal, young woman visits a psychotherapist. She is in love with a priest, and the diagnosis of her husband’s mental illness leaves no hope. The psychotherapist, in her attempts to resolve the amassed difficulties, seemingly begins to duplicate the life stages and behavioral patterns of her patient. A script for this film is based on motifs from the best-seller, scandalous novel, Witch and Rain, by female author, Jurga Ivanauskaite. By choosing a priest as the main role for a love story, the author broke an existing societal taboo. Faith, Love and Hope form the trilogy by the authors of this screenplay. Love stands as the grandest of the three.
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Paloma de papel / Paper Dove (2003) Fabrizio Aguilar

Paloma de papel (2003)
Juan, a young man convicted of terrorism, is given amnesty from a Lima prison; he boards a bus to return home and, in his mind’s eye, recalls events in his village near Huaraz when he was 10 or 12. His father is long dead, his mother lives with Fermin, secretly a sympathizer with the Communist guerrillas in the hills. Town leaders are assassinated at night. When Juan discovers Fermin’s secret, Juan is spirited away to the guerrillas to learn Marxist slogans and how to fight. When the band decides to attack the town to avenge the death of a comrade, Juan must choose. There are no white hats on any side: critical thought without love of life bears no fruit, writes Erich Fromm.
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