Peter is a composer and a likable sad sack who’s devastated when his girlfriend of five years, Sarah Marshall, the star of a cheesy CSI-style crime show, dumps him. He weeps, he rails, he mopes. Finally, his step-brother Brian suggests Hawaii, so Peter heads for a resort on Oahu where, as he’s checking in, he sees Sarah and her new beau, Aldous, a polymorphously perverse English rocker. The weeping and moping start again, until Peter is rescued by Rachel, a thoughtful hotel clerk who invites him to a luau and to hang out. Although he constantly runs into Sarah and Aldous, Peter starts to come alive again. Will Sarah realize what she’s lost, and what about Rachel?
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Il venditore di medicine (2013) Antonio Morabito, Claudio Santamaria, Isabella Ferrari, Evita Ciri, Drama
Bruno is a drug rep. His company, the ‘Zafer’, is going through a difficult time. So as not to lose his job, Bruno is willing to bribe doctors, deceive colleagues, betray the trust of the people closest to him. He’s the last link in the chain in the illegal yet widespread practice called “detailing”, which pharmaceutical companies resort to as a way to manipulate doctors by convincing them to prescribe their own products and not the competitors’. And while some doctors refuse to go along, many others have no such scruples. Bruno may seem to be a monster, yet he is nothing other than the product of the society around him: he embodies its contradictions, anxiety, corruption and impunity.
The first shot is a static image: a view from the stage of a theatre onto the auditorium. In the foreground – and on the stage – lies a dog. A woman named Irene (Angela Schanelec), approaches it, pets it. This seems to be a rehearsal, a few people occupy seats in the auditorium, they are somewhat restless. It remains unclear whether the events being presented to us are indeed part of a rehearsal, or whether, assuming a rehearsal is indeed underway, they are merely occurring along its margins. Angela Schanelec’s film “Afternoon” never returns to this initial image, never returns to the theatre. Only later will a figure from the same scene – the one involving the woman and the dog – describe it as something she saw in the theatre. The film quits the theatre for good, and all subsequent events transpire either at a lakeside villa in Potsdam or in the streets of Berlin. And yet it becomes evident at the latest during the credits that this first scene has established a space of play that is derived from the theatre. “Afternoon” is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” – albeit a free one.
Bliss – directed by Doris Dörrie and adapted from the short story by Ferdinand von Schirach – recounts the tale of Irina, who leaves her war-torn country to become a prostitute on the streets of Berlin and Kalle, also living in on the streets of the German capital. These two individuals are alone and lost in the world until they are brought together through a chance encounter. As their relationship blossoms, a cataclysmic event threatens to destroy their fledgling love, with Kalle forced to extreme measures in order to preserve their happiness.
Der Hexer / The Mysterious Magician (1964) Alfred Vohrer, Joachim Fuchsberger, Heinz Drache, Sophie Hardy, Crime, Mystery
The sister of a famous, but as yet uncaught, criminal named The Hexer is murdered. Inspector Higgins of Scotland Yard believes that The Hexer will surface to take his revenge on his sister’s killers, and plans to set a trap to finally capture him. However, soon bodies start piling up, and it looks as if The Hexer may get away yet again.
The Hunchback of Soho (1966) Alfred Vohrer, Günther Stoll, Pinkas Braun, Monika Peitsch, Crime, Horror, Thriller
The Story of Little Mook / Die Geschichte vom kleinen Muck (1953) Wolfgang Staudte, Thomas Schmidt, Johannes Maus, Friedrich Richter, Family, Fantasy
An old man living in an oriental city tells the story of his life to a group of kids: He too was once a young boy by the name of Little Muck – much like them, but with better manners and a heap of problems. Having lost his father at early age, little Muck is expelled from home by his greedy relatives. He wanders off into the desert hoping to find the merchant who sells good fortune. Amidst the dunes of sand he comes across a small house owned by a wicked woman and her many cats. She wants to make Little Muck her servant, but he manages to escape by stealing a pair of magic shoes which enable him to run faster than any man in the country. From there he heads right into the next set of challenges…
Dead Eyes of London (1961) Alfred Vohrer, Joachim Fuchsberger, Karin Baal, Dieter Borsche, Crime, Horror, Mystery
Felix si Otilia / Felix and Otilia (1972) Iulian Mihu, Radu Boruzescu, Julieta Szönyi, Sergiu Nicolaescu, Drama, History
In this monumental Romanian film, a large family and its many generations vie for advantage, seeking to win the inheritance sure to be left behind by a wealthy older man of the clan. This movie is based on a very long and popular novel by George Calmescu, and is similar in some ways to England’s BBC television series, The Forsythe Saga, based on Galsworthy’s books. Along the way, stories of friendship, love and rivalry emerge. In one story, a poor young man is disappointed in love as his girl chooses lucre over love in selecting a mate.
Deux fois is a 1968 experimental film by Jackie Raynal. Raynal stars in the film, her first as a director; she had previously worked for several years as a film editor, most notably for films in Éric Rohmer’s “Six Moral Tales” series (she was, reportedly, the youngest professional editor in France at the time). The film’s title, which literally translates as Twice and is sometimes translated into English as Twice Upon a Time, refers to the occasional repetition of scenes or actions.