some bad blood with his young brother it is love at ﬁrst sight when they meetzshe undergoes a Cinderella-like transformation and is torn between the conﬂicting demands of her head and heart. Meanwhile. other members ofher closeknit Italian-American family are similarly thrown into amorous turmoil by
the influence of a mischievous moon. Combining humour and poignancy with a charming eccentricity. Moonstruck is a delightful story. engagingly told. Oscars also went to Dukakis and John Patrick Shanley's rich. tutti frutti script. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. I Moonwalker (U) (Jerry Kramer & Colin Chilvers. US. 1988) Michael Jackson. Scan Lennon. Kellie Parker. Joe Pesci. 100 mins. The Jacko plan for complete world domination continues apace with this ragbag of bits and pieces masquerading as a feature film. We get some old Jackson Five footage ; an animated section by Jim And She Was Bashfiled; a song called Budder starring an eight year-old Jackson lookalike; and an extended video for the track Smooth
Criminal. which has our Michael leadinga
double life as both clean-cut good guy and fedora-topped gangster figure.
Criticism is pointless as the kiddies will flock to it anyway. but there‘s a lot to dislike about a movie which sets out to exploit our younger viewers' short attention spans. Spare a thought for the unfortunate parents. Glasgow: (‘annon Sauchiehall Street. Strathclyde: AMC Clydebank 10. Kelburne. WMR Irvine. I My Girlfriend's Boytriend (PG) (Eric Rohmer. France. 1987) Emmanuelle Chaulet. Sophie Renoir. Eric Viellard. 102 mins. The sixth and final offering in Rohmer‘s series of (.‘omedies And Proverbs focusses on the relationship between computer programmer Renoir and shy civil servant (‘haulet as their search for love results in a seriesof embarassing romantic entanglements.
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Dead Ringers (18) (David Cronenberg, Canada, 1988) Jeremy Irons, Genevieve Buioid, Heidi von Palleslre. 115 mins. Even the opening credits tell you that you are now entering Cronenberg territory, for as a series of gynaecological etchings appear belore a rich red background we have once more returned to the outer limits at medical science where the bespectacled Canadian director has firmly established his home.
Jeremy Irons plays identical twin gynaecologists, the arrogant Elliot Mantle and his meeker, more studious brother Beverly, who live and worir together at the iamous Mantle clinic ior leminlne infertility. While treating childless actress Clare Niveau (Buiold) Elliot sleeps with his disturbed, masochistic patient, and soon encourages his brotherto do the same without her knowledge of the change. Beverly however, begins to tail in love with her, and the close ties between the two brothers are to be stretched by his new-found emotional dependence. As the discovery oi the Mantles’ sexual deceit comes to light, the psychological tensions that this brings
Typically perceptive and self-assured work from the (iallic master. as usual apparent spontaneity of performance and naturalness of observation creates a deft investigation of life's emotional complexities. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I My LIIB A8 A Dog (PG) (Lasse Halstrom.
to the lore are exacerbated by the trio's Increasing drug dependency, and a relentless course towards sell-destruction is under way.
As with much at Cronenberg’s wont, there’s a restless intellectual fecundity to the piece that resides in the endless game of opposites it plays with itself, with masculine/leminlne, exterior beauty/interior beauty, scientliic control/emotional domination just some of the sets ol balances it considers. This investigation into the bizarre symbiotic psychology of the identical twins seems to be a way ol crystalising the tensions oi the relationship between Sell and Other, where the struggle lor sell-delinition ior Elliot and Beverly results in both the need and the tear oi iinding an identity
Sweden. 1985) Anton Glanzelius, Manfred Server, Anki Liden. 101 mins. Wholly captivating rite of passage tale set in Sweden during the 1950s. Twelve year-old lngemar copes with his mother‘s terminal illness and his family's general indifference to his boisterous spirits by
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(ie Beverly’s liaison with Clare) that lies outside the twinship which paradoxically both sustains and conlines them both.
Yet tor all the elegant rationality ol the film’s thematic structuring, what lingers long alter the llnal credits is precisely the irrational power at the constant cold blue lighting, the tellineg deep llashes ol the surgeons’ monkish red robes, orthe cumulative grip of its dreamily meandering narrative. Deliantiy singular in its concerns, yet linally a remarkably draining chronicle 01 adult emotions, this is film-making oi the utmost provocation, calmly pressing the viewer to match its conceptual demands. (Trevor Johnston)
indulging in a high fantasy life. including the pretence that he is a dog. Terrible title. wonderful. unmissable film. Glasgow: GF'I".
I The Nailed Gun (15) ﬁr (David Zucker. US. 1988) Leslie Nielsen. Priscilla Presley. Ricardo Montalhan. 85 mins. See
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