weekend shooting party for the assorted bourgeoisie results in a welter of romantic intrigue and a hint of tragedy. Suppressed during the war because censors objected to its portrayal of French moral degeneration, Renoir‘s celebrated comedy can now be seen as a triumph of bleak satire and fluid cinematic technique. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Film Giuld. I Repentance (PG) (Tengiz Abuladze. USSR, 1984) Avtandil Makharadze. lya Ninidze. Merab Ninidze. 150 mins. In a small Georgian village, a local woman persistently desecrates the grave of the recently deceased and apparently beloved mayor; as soon as the family reburiesthe corpse she unearths it and deposits it in their garden. On trial. she claims that her actions were on behalf of all the innocent victims to suffer under his despotic reign. An epic allegory condemning dictatorship and repression in all this forms this international symbol of glasnost is a weighty blending of styles and ideas; sometimes imaginative, sometimes ponderous, decidedly overlong but always engrossing and thought-provoking. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Film Society. I A Room Willi a View (PG) (James lvory. UK, 1985) Helena Bonham Carter. Maggie Smith. Julian Sands, Denholm Elliot. 117 mins. Classy adaptation ofthe E.M Forster novel about a prissy young English girl who falls in love in romantic Italy, but with an unconventional young man who seems not quite the right thing at all. Respectful but funny adaptation dissecting the emotional paucity of the English middle classes. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. I Rumble Fish (18) (Francis Ferd Coppola. US, 1983) Mickey Rourke. Dennis Hopper, Matt Dillon. 94 mins. Electrifying expressionist visuals grace an existentialist parable about the need to forge one’s own identity and the alienation

'Jaglom's best film yet..._brilliant, honest, many-layered... at once touching and hilarious”

. Ermaévaflk .. SOMEONE TO LOVE.



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Veronico Cruz (PG) (Miguel Pereira, Argentina/UK, 1988) Juan Jose Camero, Gonzalo Morales, Rene Olaguivel. 96 mins. Miguel Pereira’s subtle account of the relationship between a teacher posted to a remote hamlet in the province of Juiay in the northern part of Argentina, and a young boy whose lather has left the village forever in search of work, achieves the difficult feat of tellinga small story with great compassion, while simultaneously commenting on the great'political events .in the country during the period which it covers. That ranges from the military coup of 1976 to the outbreak of the Falklands War, encompassing the national frenzy induced by the 1978 World Cup, and the notorious disappearances.

The original title of the film, La Deuda Interna, translates as The Internal Debt (Veronico Cruz is the name of the boy), and it is a much better one, containing multiple resonances. The debt is not only that owed by those middle-class , Argentinians who permitted the junta to carry out its atrocities, but also represents the film-maker’s deeply felt obligation to turn the focus of Argentine cinema away from the cosmopolitan

capital, and onto the forgotten regions

it can bring. Intense and stylish. Edinburgh: Cameo. Filmhouse.

I The Runner(15) (Amir Naderi, lran, 1984) Nirumand. 94 mins. A 13 year-old

"An almost overwhelming final screen performance by Orson Welles...

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of-the country, to depict the rural life which exists almost unrecognized alongside that of the urban bourgeoisie.

Shot on a miniscule budget with the help of British colleagues from the National Film School, and subsequently funded by both the British and Argentine Film Institutes in a heartening piece of post-Falklands co-operation, Veronico Cruz draws exceptional performances from its non-professional cast. Only Juan Jose

boy tries to scrape a living on the streets of an Iranian seaport, and his running ability comes in handy in keeping him out of trouble. Determined to improve his lot, he


trade, while Fortunato Ramos, the real

the mountain province as an absolutely

debut, and well worth seeing. (Kenny

Camero as the teacher was an actor by

life model for the character, also appears briefly in the film, ironically playing Veronico’s real father. Pereira uses the starkly beautiful landscape of

integral part of the film, which makes its wider points with great power, but also restraint. An extremely auspicious


enrols in an adult literacy class where learning the alphabet becomes a ritual that gives his life meaning. Continually engrossing semi-autobiographical piece


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