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38 THE LIST 18 Oct-1 NOV 2001

A La Place Du Coeurt 15m... (Robert (iuediguian. France. I999) Ariane Ascaride. Jean-Pierre Darroussin. (ierard Mey'lan. I12 mins. (iuediguian's follow-up to .Ilurius' If! Jeanette once again focttses on Marseilles' underclass. (’hildhood sweethearts ('lim and Bebe live out a blissful existence until a racist policeman imprisons BCbe 'I'his ambitious. multi-layercd epic dratna exposes the confusion. hypocrisy and sheer futility of America‘s war on drugs. Three interwoven storylines - involving decent cop I)el 'I‘oro. conservative ()hio judge Douglas. the country's newly appointed new drttg clan. and well-heeled society wife Zeta-Jones show how the drug trade touches and corrupts every level of society on both sides of the LS- Mexico border. I'sing different film stocks and techniques. Soderbergh provides each of these story'lines with a distinct look while linking them with persistent use of hand-held cameras. which gives the film an air of documentary authenticity and gripping

immediacy. Intelligent and provocative. 'I'ru/iir

avoids sermonising. but in scene after scene. the message gets through. l'(i(' Renfrew Street. (ilasgow.

Planet Of The Apes ( 12: 000 (Tim Burton. LS. 2001 I Mark Wahlberg. Tim Roth. Helena Bonham (‘arter I 19 mins. Burton's remake of the science fiction classic retains more of the entertaining social satire of Pierre Boulle's source novel than the I968 original. Nevertheless. the films share a similar plot: An astronaut (little Mark Wahlberg taking the place of manly. be-loinclothed (‘harlton lleItm) is marooned on the planet and captured by the war-like apes. Ile meets a liberal female chimpanzee (Helena Bonham- Carter). who helps him escape. and leads a revolt against the simian oppressors. As you might expect. Burton's Apes exceeds the original film in make-up while paying respectful homage to it. Ilovvever. the plot. tone and pacing is a mess and this is the least Burton-esque of Burton's films. l.'(}(' Renfrew Street. (ilasgow; Ster ('entury ('inema: Iidinburgh. Iidinburgh.

0 The Pledge ( Is» 0000 (st-an Penn. LS. 2001 I Jack Nicholson. Robin Wright- Penn. Sam Shepard. 123 mins. In the cold mountain reaches of Nevada the body of a lit- tle girl is found. raped and murdered. A sim- ple-minded Native American is swiftly taken into custody and a confession is extracted. following which the man kills himself. An open and shut case . . . for everyone but Jerry Black (an admirably low key Nicholson). a retiring police officer who thinks they have the wrong man. ('ouched in the conventions of a thriller. Penn's third film as director is first and foremost a compelling psychological study of a middle-aged man attempting to give his life meaning post-retirement. levy and .Mary ()lson Kromolowski‘s script. adapt- ed from Friedrich I)iirrenmatt‘s novel. keeps things ambiguous. Penn counters this. direct- ing with an even hand attd casting a sombre mood over the proceedings. Selected release. Point Break ( ISI 00.. (Kathryn Bigelow. ITS. I99I I Keanu Reeves. Patrick Swayze. (iary BUsey. I.ori Petty. Ill) mins. Director Bigelow (Blue Steel. Near Dark) takes on Hollywood's action/adventure big boys at their own game and comes out on top. Reeves is the eager young FBI recruit on the trail of a group of latex-masked batik robbers who are known to be surfers. Bigelovv tackles cliches of buddy partnerships. macho bullshit and thriller shoot-outs with fresh energy. creating a terrific movie that has one foot in reality. the other in an absurdist world. Filmhouse. Iidinburgh.

Les Portes de la Nuit (PG) 0000 (Marcel (‘arne. France. I946) Yves Montand. Nathalie Naltier. Serge Reggiatti. too mins. ('arne takes Jacques Prev-ert‘s original ballet and transforms it iitto a poetic melodrama that suggests that France after the Occupation was peopled with an heroic working class and a profiteering bourgeoisie. (il’l‘. (ilasgow; Lumiere. lidinburgh.

Possible Worlds ( IS) .000 (Robert I.epage. ('anada. 2001 I 'I‘om .\lc('antus. Tilda Swinton. Sean Mc(‘ann. 92 mins. What starts off as a routine. if gruesome. police drama body discovered. head sliced in two, brain removed quickly switches into a fascinating and tmnerv ing speculation about parallel

universes. The premise of Jolm Migltton's script. brought to the screen by Lepage. is that ‘each of its exists in an infinite number of possible vvorlds'. it's just that w e're only aware of experiencing one of them. Iiscept for (ieorge. quietly troubled Mc(‘amus. who has the misfortune to be aware of them all. It‘s really quite disturbing. Filmhouse. Iidinburgh. Raising Arizona ( ISI 0... (Joel (‘octL l'S. l9b’7l Nicolas ('agc. Holly Hunter. 9-1 mins. Sec feature. ('ameo. Iidinburgh. Rear Window l P( ; I .0000 (Alfred Hitchcock. l'S. I954) James Stewart. (irace Kelly. \Vendell ('orey. Raymond Burr. I 13 mins. Laid up with a broken leg. Slim Jim takes to neighhour-spotting with binoculars attd camera at the ready. Before long. he‘s getting Itot under the collar about the dirty dccds done across the yard. Is it nturdcr'.’ Or just naked voyeurism'.’ ()ne of Ilitch's darkest movies. with an intense. unrelenting claustrophobia derived from confining the lens to the apartment set. Lumiere. lidinburgh.

Recess: School’s Out I t I 000

((‘huck Sheetl. LS. 200] I Voices of James Woods. I)abncy ('oletnan. l)an ('astellaneta. 82 mins. Disney plunders its ovv u small screen programming for this feature length version of its cartoon series. Ret'evv concerns the adventures of a gang of pie-adolescent kids. whose roll call includes a natural leader. brainy nerd. cute girl. tomboy and. erm. a little boy who sings like a man. For the big screen school outing. the gang put their iniscltievous ways to good ttse when an evil ex-principal of their school. Mr Benedict (Arnold would that he?) hatches a scheme to end summer vacations by causing permanent vv inter. Selected release.

Red Shoes WU)...” (Michael Powell & Iimeric Presshurger. I'K. I‘Hb’l Anton \Vallbrook. Marius (ioring. Moira Shearer. 133 mins. Ballerina Shearer is torn between an autocratic impressario and a starving young composer as she dances her way towards madness. Remarkably serious treatment of the sttbiect matter is helped by superlative design and cinematography iii this classic piece of Pow ell/Pressburger expressionism. MacRobert. Stirling.

Rien A Fairer 15)... (Marion Vernoux. France. ZIIIII I Valeria Bruni 'I‘edeschi. Patrick Dell‘lsola. HIS mins. Who would have thought unemployment could prove the great equaliser in love.’ Vernoux (Lure lite) suggests hotlt the possibility and impossibility of breaking the class divide in this study of a relationship between middle class Pierre (Dell‘lsolai and working class Marie ('I‘edeschii in a northern France coastal town. \‘ernoux‘s film might lack devastating emotional effect. but it's a finely nuanced study of social divisions. It's a film ironically suggesting the ‘classless society" comes from loss of work rather than its plentiful presence. and that here. again. class makes itself felt. Adam Smith 'I’heatre. Kirkcaldy.

Rugrats In Paris: The Movie (Li .0. (Stig Bergqvist. Paul l)emeyer. IS. 2001 I Voices of (‘hristine ('avanaugh. Susan Sarandon. Debbie Reynolds. 77 mins. The antics of those diaper-clad under-5s. Tommy. ('huckie. l)il. Phil and HI. and tormenting big consin Angelica. make a great kids cartoon. Better than its predecessor. Rue/wry In Paris has the gang descending on I{uroreptarland (read Iiurodisney' I. where conniving Angelica fixes up motlterless ('huckie and his gullible father. (‘has. with the villainous ('oco La Bouche who hates children. To save ('huckie the kids hijack the giant robotic Reptar attd race for Notre Dame to stop the w cdding. Lively. well-paced entertaimnent for younger children. and jtist smart enough for most adults. Ster (‘entury (‘inemaz lidinburgh. lidinburgh; Vikingar ('inema. Largs.

Run Lola Run ( 15: .00. (Tom 'I'wyker. (iermany. I999) I-‘ranka Potentc. Morit/ Bleibtreu. SI) tnins. Young Berlin punk I.ola (I’otentei has twenty minutes to raise l()(),()()(I marks to save her stupid. but beloved boy friend from murderous drttg dealers. Not an easy task. but w ritcr/director 'I‘om 'I‘w y ker gives l.ola three chances and helps her pound the streets with a thumping. self-composed techno soundtrack. l'sing every sty le trick tn the book. 'l‘\\ y ker astounds with an adrenaline rush of a tnov ic. (il’l‘. (ilasgow.