A bleak drama about street children abandoned by the Portuguese juvenile system, Os Mutantes/The Mutants was immediately controversial in Portugal, where it inspired nationwide debate over reform of the nation’s youth authorities. Os Mutantes examines the lives of Pedro, Ricardo and Andreia, three kids in their early teens who have rejected life in juvenile homes or with foster families to take their chances on their own.
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Stefan Luchian (1981) Nicolae Margineanu, Florin Calinescu, Ion Caramitru, George Constantin, Biography, Drama
Recreating the early twentieth century in Bucharest, leading to an unforgettable journey to the cultural space of Romania bohemia. The film follows the life of one of the famous for his landscapes and still lifes most renowned painters of Romania. Many of the works of art that appear in the film can only be seen in the National Gallery of Art in Bucharest, and almost never travel outside the country. Like Beethoven composed music while losing his hearing, Luchian paints as his fingers are paralyzed. The recreation of the artist’s life is so complete that it was filmed in the same bed and room where Luchian spent the last moments of his life.
The bitch is called Maria and she is a sweet child. She has no father and does not like her mother. She has a boyfriend who is a bandit who would like to change his class.
There are two more bandits: a very tall singer and a guy from Oporto who is a very short and a full of life’s experiences. Neither of these two do much thinking, one even less than the other.
The bitch’s mother is a rich lady who has a lover who is not a handsome boy. All this ends badly because the sweet child plus the boyfriend who wants to change class, with the help of the lover who is a handsome boy, the rich lady who is the mother of the bitch, and against the advice of the guy from Oporto who does not do much thinking, kill a theatre caretaker who didn’t know he was doing there.
However, in the middle of this story the husband of Maria’s mother appears and things get really serious.
Polio breaks out in Rio de Janeiro, the serum is in Santiago and there’s only one way to get the medicine where it’s desperately needed: flown in by daring pilots who risk the treacherous weather and forbidding peaks of the Andes.
Crime of Passion (1957) Gerd Oswald, Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Kathy is a smart and tough 1950’s advice columnist at a San Francisco newspaper, with her name plastered on billboards all over the city. One day, Bill Doyle, a Los Angeles detective, walks into her office – it is instant attraction. After marrying Bill, Kathy gives up her career and becomes a homemaker. However, she is not your typical 1950’s homemaker. After hosting several cocktail parties in their San Fernando Valley home, she realizes that Bill is content with his position, and shows no ambition in furthering himself. Kathy will not sit idly by while everyone around her is “moving up in the world”. She personally takes upon herself the task of pushing Bill’s career along, even if it comes down to murder.
At’ zije Republika / Long Live the Republic (1965) Karel Kachyna, Frank Argus, Josef Barta, Eduard Bredun, Drama, War
It is the spring 1945 and the front line is getting closer to the small Moravian village of Nesovice. Twelve-year old Oldrich Vareka, nicknamed Shorty for his tiny stature, observes the events around him, recalls his memories and also finds comfort in his fantasy. Although he is an only son, his father treats him harshly and brutally punishes his every trifle. Maybe he wreaks his vengeance on him for his own unsuccessful effort to compete with the richest farmers in the village. The boys from the wealthy farms poke fun at Shorty and he takes his revenge on them in petty malice.
This is the telling of the life of organized crime boss, Meyer Lansky, as remembered by him as a very old man who is moving about the world looking for some country that will take him in since the US courts have put out an extradition order for him to stand trial. It tells of a young man growing up in the Jewish ghettos of America’s big cities at the turn of the century and of his bright intelligence which he used for moving into crime. “I’m only a gambler,” he claimed, “just like most all Americans.” When asked by a reporter to comment on the killings that occurred under his leadership he declined, thereby making this film’s thrust that of personalities and relationships rather than of acts of violence or the workings of corrupt deeds.
Kruh in mleko / Bread and Milk (2001) Jan Cvitkovic, Peter Musevski, Sonja Savic, Tadej Troha, Drama
Ivan is released a day early from a treatment programme for alcoholics due to a doctors’ strike. He returns to his wife Sonja and his sixteen year old son Robi. The first afternoon he spends at home is very pleasant. The next morning Sonja sends Ivan to a shop to get bread and milk. On the way back Ivan runs into Armando, his high school classmate, and through their conversation at a bar, Ivan finds out that long before Sonja became his wife, Armando spent a night with her. Ivan has his first drop of the hard stuff…Kruh in mleko is a bitter-sweet tale of loneliness, estrangement and the glowing embers of love, where there once used to be a fire.
De loteling / The Conscript (1974) Roland Verhavert, Jan Decleir, Ansje Beentjes, Gaston Vandermeulen, Drama
In 1833, when the fledgling Belgian kingdom still fears a Dutch invasion, recruits were selected annually from an age cohort by a draw of lots in each locality. In this grim, then contemporary drama by the ‘father of Flemish literature’, Hendrik Conscience, Jan Braems, a poor and naive farmers-boy, accepts the not uncommon offer by a rich family to sell his lucky ticket (out) to their son for a hefty sum compared to the miserable labor wages at the time. Army life is even harsher then a farmhand’s, especially for a Dutch-speaking an-alphabet who simply can’t understand his francophone superiors, and Jan’s nature is not complacent enough for military discipline even by todays standards, so he soon gets into all kinds of trouble, including gambling his capital away and a venereal disease. When his girlfriend back home goes looking for him, her life is doomed as well.
Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti / A Chef in Love (1996) Nana Dzhordzhadze, Nino Kirtadze, Pierre Richard, Micheline Presle, Comedy, Romance
The story of Pascal Ichak, a larger-than-life French traveller, bon vivant, and chef, who falls in love with Georgia and a Georgian princess in the early 1920s. All is well until the arrival of the Red Army of the Caucasus, as the Soviet revolution that has swept Russian comes to Georgia. Told as a flashback from the present, as a French-Georgian man whose mother was Pascal’s lover translates his memoirs for Pascal’s niece.