Tag Archives: 2000s

Elles étaient cinq / The Five of Us (2004) Ghyslaine Côté, Jacinthe Laguë, Julie Deslauriers, Ingrid Falaise, Crime, Drama

Elles etaient cinq (2004)
In Montreal, the teenagers Manon, Anne, Isa, Claudie and Sophie are friends since their childhood. While spending a couple of days in the cottage of Sophie’s parents nearby a lake, the girls decide to give a party, and Manon and Sophie hitch for a ride to the town in a jeep to buy some beers and supplies and they invite the driver to the party. On the return, the same driver stops the car and later Sophie is found stabbed, raped and covered of blood. Fifteen years later, Manon sees the guy in a car-wash and she invites her former friends to return to the house nearby the lake, where wounds of their traumatic loss are disclosed.
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Nordkraft / Angels in Fast Motion (2005) Ole Christian Madsen, Signe Egholm Olsen, Claus Riis Østergaard, Thure Lindhardt, Crime, Drama, Romance

Nordkraft (2005)
The unflinching tale of Maria, Allan and Steso, who are struggling for survival. Maria is a pusher frau, wandering restlessly among addicts, abusers and bikers in a relentless search for love. Allan has just returned from an ill-fated trip across the Pacific and must reclaim his life and stay clean, but ghosts from his past return to haunt him. Steso, the intellectual, god-forsaken and prophetic cynic, does his utmost to unite the two polar opposites that give meaning to his life: his girl and drugs. All three try desperately to make some sense of the madness, but how do you find meaning in the chaos that is life? And how do you find love if you can’t recognize it?
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Insutanto numa / Instant Swamp (2009) Satoshi Miki, Kumiko Asô, Morio Kazama, Ryô Kase, Comedy

Insutanto numa (2009)
After being forced to resign from her publishing company job when her magazine goes out of circulation, office worker Haname Jinchoge (Kumiko Aso) is given the name of her real father-Noburo Jinchoge when her mother (Keiko Matsuzaka) falls into a coma after nearly drowning in a pond while searching for kappa. Unsure if Noburo (Morio Kazama) is her father, Haname decides to visit him but tells him that she is a distant relative, he happens to be the shopkeeper at an odd antiquities shop called Light Bulb Co., working for her father is a punk rocker named Gas (Ryo Kase).
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Chan Mat / Claustrophobia (2008) Ivy Ho, Ekin Cheng, Kar Yan Lam, Ying Kwan Lok, Drama, Romance

Chan Mat (2008)
Clandestine romance provides sad but pleasurable viewing in the high-quality Hong Kong meller “Claustrophobia.” Helming bow of Hong Kong scripting vet Ivy Ho (“Comrades, Almost a Love Story,” “Divergence”) has a mastery that recalls Eric Rohmer and Woody Allen at their most sublime. Offering fine drama about and for adults, pic will make a prestige inclusion for fests. Commercial possibilities exist for industrious distribs willing to guide sophisticated auds away from the usual arthouse milieus.
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Gori Vatra / Fuse (2003) Pjer Zalica, Enis Beslagic, Bogdan Diklic, Sasa Petrovic, Comedy, Drama

Gori Vatra (2003)
In the Bosnian town of Tesanj, not long after the Balkan war, land mines claim victims, corruption is rampant, women are trafficked into Serbia, but there’s a sort of peace. Zaim, the retired police chief, has alcoholic visions of his dead son Adnan, whose body’s missing. Adnan’s siblings, Faruk and Azra, watch their father’s decline. It’s announced that President Clinton will pay Tesanj a visit to see the new harmony. Whores are hidden from sight, Serbs are trucked in to integrate the neighborhood; the children’s choir learns “House of the Rising Sun.” Meanwhile, Faruk wants to sort out his brother’s death to bring some peace to his house. Can it work out? Irony is everywhere.
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Gulaal (2009) Anurag Kashyap, Kay Kay Menon, Raj Singh Chaudhary, Jesse Randhawa, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Gulaal (2009)
Bikaner-based 28-year-old Dilip Kumar Singh is enrolled in a Rajpur-based Law college, and rents a room with an unstable male, Rananjay Singh. His attempts to re-locate to a hostel, pits him against a group of men, led by Jadhwal, who not only assault, but also molest him, and then lock him in a dark room with a naked and abused female, Anuja. He recuperates in a hospital and joins hands with Rananjay and Dukey Bana to avenge this humiliation, as well as befriends Anuja, who is a Lecturer in the college. He also decides to support Rananjay, who is legitimate son of a former Raja, to run for college elections – and it is this decision that will shatter and change his life forever.
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Jernanger / The Storm in My Heart (2009) Pål Jackman, Ailo Gaup, Pål Sverre Hagen, Hans Petter Hansen, Drama

Jernanger (2009)
Jernanger is a tale about the tempered Eivind who isn’t scared of anything- except love. Eivind, lives aboard a boat in the South of Norway. The boat lies low and lopsided in the water. Thirty years ago Eivind left his homestead and his teenage sweetheart behind, and he has not been back since. He was meant to go back when everything was honky-dory- only that never happened. Then young Kris appears. He wants to travel the world but didn’t get any longer than to the lifeboat of Jernanger. The to men finds one another and together they hatch a great plan.
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