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Zero Kelvin
Zero Kelvin (1995)
13 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[font=Century Gothic]In "Zero Kelvin," Randbaek(Stellan Skarsgard) is the foreman at a remote post in Greenland in the 1920's; the only other inhabitant being Holm(Bjorn Sundquist), a sharpshooting scientist. Randbaek is under great pressure to produce pelts for The Company and is angry that the quota for the following year has been doubled. He is furious that the new man he requested, Henrik(Gard B. Eidsvold), turns out to be a soft-looking poet and writer. Henrik has something to prove, not only to himself but also to his girlfriend, Gertrude(Camilla Martens).[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Zero Kelvin" is an interesting look at masculinity that regretfully makes its points through talk rather than action. It does not help that the focus is on Henrik, rather on the more interesting Randbaek. Also up for discussion, is how much human company and love a person needs. Of course, no man is an island but that does not mean there is anything wrong in finding a nice, solitary place for oneself in the world.[/font]

Or (My Treasure)
13 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[font=Century Gothic][color=blue]"Or(My Treasure)" is a movie from Israel about teenaged Or(Dana Ivgy) and her mother Ruthie(Ronit Elkabetz). At the beginning of the movie, Or is picking up her mother at a hospital where she has been treated for depression. Due to Ruthie's problems, of which there are many, Or has taken on the duties of breadwinner for the household - collecting empty bottles for refunds in the morning; working in a neighborhood restaurant in the evening. As you can imagine, this leaves little time for school and Ruthie is not really aware what affect her behavior is having on her daughter. Or is at an age when she is starting to take control of her life and is beginning to become familiar with the opposite sex.[/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff]"Or(My Treasure)" is a worthy examination of life on the economic edge with excellent performances. But there are questions that are not answered - like how long has Ruthie been like this? Plus, there is a decision late in the movie that I just don't believe. [/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff][color=darkslategray]"The Two of Us" starts out in Nazi-occupied France in 1943, just as young Claude attempts to shoplift a toy tank or two.(He would have been better off stealing a real one...) Claude is Jewish and his father dearly wants his son to keep himself out of trouble so as not to attract undue attention. Since there is also bombing going on, the parents decide to send Claude to the country to spend time with a friend's father for safekeeping. The catch is that the old man is a virulent anti-semite and Claude cannot give away that he is Jewish.[/color][/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff][color=#2f4f4f]"The Two of Us" is a funny touching coming-of-age movie about a very serious subject. As an added plus, there is a degree of complexity surrounding the old man - he is an unapologetic bigot but he also has a heart of gold but it turns out that Claude is actually much wiser than his aged host.[/color][/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff][color=black]"The Truce" is based on Primo Levi's autobiographical telling of his journey back from Auschwitz after it has been liberated by the Soviet army to his native Italy. Along the way, he encounters various characters who are either returning to their homelands or trying to return to their old lives. [/color][/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff][color=#000000]On the plus side, "The Truce" is about a part of history that is rarely focused on - the repatriation of refugees after World War II. It is also quite nice looking. However, the movie is hardly subtle. Yes, we realize the significance of Auschwitz being liberated, so we don't need the orchestral flourishes to emphasize this.(And yes I thought the four horsemen was laying it on a bit much.) Also, John Turturro really seems like a supporting player when the movie should be about his character and he is often upstaged by Rada Serbedzija playing a rakish Greek citizen, also heading home. [/color] [/color][/font]

In July (Im Juli)
13 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

[font=Century Gothic]"In July" starts out with Daniel(Moritz Bleibtreu) having a good deal of trouble getting a ride out of a man in the middle of nowhere.(The driver has a body in his trunk by the way.) Once he has secured the ride, Daniel relates how he got to this point:[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Daniel is a straight and narrow teacher in Hamburg(so much so that he teaches a regular lesson right before summer vacation begins). A free spirit, July(Christiane Paul), has a crush on him and sells him a ring with the sun on it and convinces him that his true love is tied to the sun. She informs him of a block party that is happening that night. Daniel does not run into July at the party, but instead Melek(Idel Uner), an attractive young woman originally from Turkey. Daniel and Melek spend a chaste night together before Melek has to return to Turkey. Before she does, she mentions where she will be in Istanbul several days hence. July, given up all hope, seeks a fresh start anywhere else. By chance, she is picked up by Daniel on his way to Istanbul to hopefully meet up with Melek. [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"In July" is a movie about how people affect each other and can change their direction in life. The movie is familiar and based on a good deal of coincedence but is very charmingly done with likeable leads. [/font]

Sentimental Destinies (les Destinees)
13 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

[font=Century Gothic][color=blue]"School of Flesh" starts out with a wealthy fashion executive, Dominique(Isabelle Huppert) who wanders into a nightclub with a friend one night and meets a bisexual hustler(Vincent Martinez). She returns a couple of nights later and returns home with him. Now, I can understand why that would happen but why honestly continue the affair with somebody as shallow as he is, if it is only physical? Also, is this something that Dominique does on a weekly basis or is it part of a midlife crisis? I think, director Benoit Jacquot's conclusion might be something more negative, considering the movie's ending. This might be a statement on how a successful businesswoman cannot commit to a relationship. "School of Flesh" is a curiously flat movie about an affair that goes on too long.[/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=red]"Les Destinees" is an epic drama that starts in 1900 with a funeral(for the 19th century?) and continues until 1930. It focuses on a protestant minister, Jean Barnery(Charles Berling) who is in exile from his prosperous family of porcelain makers and his relationship with a young woman, Pauline(Emmanuelle Beart). At the start of the movie, Barnery is in the process of separating from his wife, due to an unspecified scandal. The movie tries to be a sprawling epic but we never learn much about any characters except for Jean and Pauline. All the other characters just seem extraneous and come and go as they please. But on the other hand, we did learn a great deal of how to make pottery and bourbon.[/color][/font]

Agent 38-24-36 (Une ravissante idiote)
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

"Une Ravissante Idiote" starts with Nicolas Sergueievitch Miloukne aka Harry Compton(Anthony Perkins) trying desperately to work up the courage to say hello to Penelope Lightfeather(Brigitte Bardot), a beautiful blonde Communist seamstress. At least, he is brave enough to rescue her shoe from a vicious attack poodle. Sadly, that makes him late returning from lunch for the umpteenth time, causing him to be fired. At least, Bagda(Gregoire Aslan), his Soviet handler, has a job for him stealing NATO secrets from Sir Reginald Dumfrey(Andre Luguet). Unbeknowst to them, Dumfrey and the Admiral(Jacques Hilling) have set a trap for them with fake files. Which Harry would have gotten away with if the vacuum cleaner he was using as a prop had not decided on the worst possible moment to achieve sentience.

"Une Ravissante Idiote" is an old fashioned screwball comedy that is enjoyable due to, not despite of, the unique pairing of its stars which goes beyond simple beauty and the dork chemistry. What is weird is Anthony Perkins speaking French, like everybody else, in a movie set in England. What are not are his comedic chops which he rarely got a change to fully utilize like he does here. So, it is a shame that there is an actual plot to get in the way of the fun at times, especially considering how convoluted it can be in its Cold War spies vs. spies milieu, not to mention having no idea who one character was at the end of the movie.