Not so long ago, Martin was a gifted mathematician with a career and a steady girlfriend. But after a spell in psychiatric care, he is released with no job and no way of supporting himself, labelled as mentally ill. Viktor is a young Ukrainian boy recently orphaned following his mother’s OD. When the two meet, Martin takes Victor under his wing, and fleeing the city, they escape to a forest where they manage to build a hut robust enough to live in. Though not easy, their back-to-nature subsistence life is idyllic by comparison to what they have left behind, and the pair become firm friends. Martin even meets a sympathetic young woman, Lena, who he encourages to live in a more idealistic way. But just as Martin has started to find happiness, harsh reality intervenes.
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The Captivating Star of Happiness / Zvezda plenitelnogo schastya (1975) Vladimir Motyl, Irina Kupchenko, Aleksey Batalov, Natalya Bondarchuk, Biography, Drama, Romance
On December 14, 1825 the military units of the Russian army were supposed to swear their allegiance to the new czar, Nicholas I. But the young officers, the most liberal-minded people of their time, who abhorred the terrors of serfdom, decided to raise their regiments against the autocracy and bring democracy to the country. That was a great heroic feat of the best sons of Russia. However, the revolt had been brutally crushed. Some of its inspirators were executed, many sent to hard labor in Siberia. Following the convicted officers to Siberia were their wives who had left their aristocratic families and comfortable lifestyles. The film is dedicated to those remarkable Russian women.
Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars, but after suffering a blow to the head during the heist he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang’s leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon’s psyche. As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon’s broken subconscious, the lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.
The Sword and the Dragon / Ilya Muromets (1956) Aleksandr Ptushko, Boris Andreyev, Shukur Burkhanov, Andrei Abrikosov, Fantasy
Ilya is a cripple without the use of his legs. When he aids some weary travellers, they surprise him by giving him a potion that restores his legs. He immediately becomes powerful and sets off to prove himself to his King. Doing so, he fights the evil Tugars, a wind demon that looks like a cross between a goblin and The Noid, a zeppelin-like ambassador, and the evil Tugars. Ilya gets framed for a crime he didn’t commit, then is freed, then finally dispatches the Tugars and their dragon.
Jerry Landers, a supermarket assistant manager and a good yet non-religious person, suddenly finds a note in the mail one day that grants him an “interveiw” with God. Thinking it to be a hoax he tosses it away, but when it keeps reappearing he finally gives in. Skeptical at first, he ends up carrying His personal message – that the world can work with what God’s given us.
Black Flowers / Flores negras (2009) David Carreras, Héctor Colomé, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Marta Etura, Thriller
Michael leaves his job as a spy after failing a mission and takes with him Helena, the daughter of a Russian spy who dies under suspicious circumstances. They leave their past behind and move to Barcelona and open a small restaurant, but his former colleagues reappear with unfinished business and Michael is again immersed in a dizzying nightmare.
Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs / Mad Emperor: Ludwig II (1955) Helmut Käutner, O.W. Fischer, Marianne Koch, Paul Bildt, Biography, Drama, History
King Ludwig II of Bavaria is frustrated, having to accept parliament’s will to join Bismarck, rather he his cultured Habsburg friends, in wars. His love-life being as fruitless, he seeks comfort in art. But building fairytale castles and an even grander opera for his musical idol Wagner proves so expensive, his cabinet ends up resorting to formally challenging his mental health, plausible as his beloved brother Otto contracted schizophrenia earlier. Tragedy now lurks in Ludwig’s prison-castle.
Vincent Wants to Sea / Vincent will Meer (2010) Ralf Huettner, Florian David Fitz, Karoline Herfurth, Heino Ferch, Drama
Vincent suffers from Tourette’s Syndrome and, after his mother’s death, is institutionalized by his father. He ultimately escapes with two fellow patients – an anorexic named Marie and the obsessive-compulsive Alexander. His mission is simple. He wants to bury his mother’s ashes in the seas off Italy, as was her dying wish. But to get there he and his friends steal their doctor’s car. If caught, it could all be quite an embarrassment for Vincent’s politician father. But the real problem is that Vincent and his friends threaten to drive each other crazy.
The story tells of a young woman admitting to having blackouts, fearing they are getting worse. She is believed to suffer from multiple personalities, as a result of severe abuse at the hands of her mother, whom the psychiatrist, Cornelia B. Wilbur, believes was schizophrenic. The movie Sibyl is based upon author Flora Rheta Schreiberthe’s novel and fictionalized version of the life story of Shirley Ardell Mason, an American psychiatric patient, claimed to have suffered multiple personality disorder. The novel Sibyl, was in its turn based largely on the alleged actual accounts of psychiatric treatment that Shirley Ardell Mason underwent, documented by American psychiatrist Cornelia B. Wilbur. Numerous psychiatrists, both contemporary and more recent, have strongly contested the diagnosis.
Strohfeuer / A Free Woman (1972) Volker Schlöndorff, Maria Brunner, Wolfgang Bächler, Ute Ellin, Drama
A divorced woman in her thirties fights a losing battle in Munich to attain belated self-fulfillment. The die is cast in a briskly impersonal society geared to male dominance and early training for career women.