Romance and murder walk side by side in this psychological drama from Spain. A serial killer has been plying his grisly trade in a small town in Spain, murdering young girls and leaving their bodies in a nearby forest. A police inspector is sent in to investigate – his first case outside tumultuous Basque County in 14 years.
Tag Archives: France
The story of a dysfunctional family in Northern France. Dad is a mean abusive drunk pharmacist, mom is addicted to pills and has incestuous desire for her son, the son is skipping school to fish and daughter is mentally handicapped.
La Sirène Rouge / Red Siren (2002) Olivier Megaton, Jean-Marc Barr, Asia Argento, Frances Barber, Crime, Thriller, Action
Nearly 13, Alice rebels, telling the Paris police that her mother is a murderer. Alice has no evidence; her mother, Eva, rich and powerful, avoids charges. Alice promptly runs away, determined to find her dad whom she claims lives in Portugal.
L’Année sainte / Holy Year (1976) Jean Girault, Jean Gabin, Jean-Claude Brialy, Nicoletta Machiavelli, Comedy
Max, a master thief, is spending some time behind bars, having been captured by a determined and crafty police officer. He has hidden a sizable amount of gold in Italy and is patiently waiting to get out so he can retrieve it. His prison companion wants to get out now and get the gold. So they escape, dress as priests and fly off for Italy.
Le temps qui reste / Time to Leave (2005) François Ozon, Melvil Poupaud, Jeanne Moreau, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Drama
In Paris, thirty-one-year-old gay fashion photographer Romain learns he has a terminal cancer. As chances with chemotherapy are only slim, he chooses to live the rest of his life without treatment or mollycoddling, hiding the truth from his lover Sasha and his family, being cruel to kindly push them away.
A young woman travels with her child to a remote coast on the Pacific in southern Mexico where she grew up. She had lived with her father in a house on the beach until her beloved, a young fisherman from the neighbouring village died a brutal death, causing her to flee. Years later she returns to make peace with the ghosts of the past.
Kiss the Other Sheik / Oggi, domani, dopodomani (1965) Eduardo De Filippo, Marco Ferreri, Marcello Mastroianni, Catherine Spaak, Virna Lisi, Comedy
Marcello Mastroianni stars in this film which combines much of the 1965 release Paranoia with new footage. A police inspector is told of the bizarre behavior of a pistol-packing papa who shoots blanks at his wife to keep her intimidated. He inserts a real bullet every so often just to let her know she should pay attention.
Roufa (Abdel Kechiche) is an attractive young man, and that works out well for him because he is a practitioner of “bezness:” he’s a sex-for-hire boy for the tourists who come to Tunisia. His girlfriend deeply resents his having sex with other women but doesn’t seem much bothered that a rich German man he’s been having sex with is hoping to sponsor him in Europe.
Woman Times Seven (1967) Vittorio De Sica, Shirley MacLaine, Elspeth March, Peter Sellers, Comedy, Drama
Seven mini-stories of adultery: “Funeral Possession,” a wayward widow at her husband’s funeral; “Amateur Night,” angry wife becomes streetwalker out of revenge; “Two Against One,” seemingly prudish girl turns out otherwise; “Super Simone,” wife vainly attempts to divert her over-engrossed writer husband; “At the Opera,” a battle over a supposedly exclusive dress; “Suicides,” a death pact; “Snow,” would-be suitor is actually a private detective hired by jealous husband.