lovely catneo frotn Pele. Btit while fans will doubtless love the foot-in-tnouth humour. others may find it a bit predictable. Selected release.

Mirrorball UK Tour 2001 (15H200l) The travellittg music promos showcase reaches its hotnetown (it was born at the Edinburgh International Film Festival). Highlights of the programme include liay Boy Slim's ll't'upun ()f‘Uinice directed by Spike Jon/c. Terry Richardson‘s controversial film for Death In Vegas’ Aisha. and Dom Jolly's bizarre promo for lan Brown's (in/(fen (itize. l'ilttthousc. lidinburgh.

Moulin Rouge ( 12) .0000 (Bill I.uhrmann. US. 2001 ) liwan Mc(iregor. Nicole Kidman. Jim Broadbent. 108 mins. Luhrmann's follow-up to Romeo A’- .llllfl'l is a wildly unrestrained. gloriously camp. lude as hell musical love story that re-invents the form. from the Golden Age Hollywood song and dance spectaculars up. l.uhrmann has transformed the eponymous l‘)th century Parisian dancehall-cum-brothel into the rave capital of Europe. weaving 20th century pop mUsic hits into the very dialogue of the film so that it becomes almost opera. And spiralling around a fairytale romance between Mc(iregor's idealistic poet and Kidman's dance girl is a barrage of riotous imagery and design. There‘s no middle- ground with l.uhrmann's film; if you abandon yourself to it it‘ll leave you intoxicated with pleasttre. (ieneral release. My Best Friend’s Wedding ( 12) .0. (PJ. Hogan. l‘S. l‘)‘)7) Julia Roberts. Dermot Mulroney. (‘ameron Dial. 105 mins. The director of Australian hit Muriel's ll'nltli'ng takes Julia Roberts ottt of her usual. wide-eyed role of irritating innocence and re-casts her as a two-faced career girl who tries to sctipper the wedding of a fornter boyfriend whom she suddenly realises she is still very much in love with. A wonderfully scripted film with a fun performances all round. it ultimately affirms the enduring nature of friendship. ()deon. lidinburgh.

My Childhood/My Ain Folk/The Long Road Home ( 12) (Bill Douglas. l'K. 1972/4/8) Stephen Archibald. llughie Restorick. Jean 'l'aylor-Smith. Bernard McKenna. 48 mitts. Three highly personal films frotn Douglas. tracing his early life in a mining village near lidinburgh through to his emancipation dttring his National Service in ligypt. lluman warmth in the face of awful hardship is beautifully preserved. The Lumiere. lidinburgh.

The Navigators ( (5) 000 (Ken l.oach. lfK. 200l ) Dean Andrews, Tom Craig. Joe l)uttine. 93 mins. You know what you‘re going to get with l.oach: commitment and social and political criticism. This time round. Ken is lambasting rail privatisation and. as ever. pinpointing a microcosm (here a crew of south Yorkshire railway workers in the mid 90s) to speak for the whole. But l.oach bludgeons Us with his message attd lays on the socio-symbolism: a three-legged dog. for example. is the limping Britislt economy. Predictable and foolish. bttt obviously has its heart in the right place. See review. (il’f. (ilasgow.

New Year’s Day ( IX) 00 (Suri Krishnamma. UK. 2001 ) Andrew Pots. Bobby Barry. Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Jacqueline Bisset. l0l mins. British character actor Ralph Brown (the drug dealer in Willi/mil And I) turns his hand to writing with this tale of bereavement. Two survivors of a school holiday skiing disaster. Jake (Pots) and Steven (Barry). are so traumatised they make a suicide pact bttt give themselves one year to fulfil a series of dreams such as robbing a bank. Brown's is a well-meaning tale with an interesting central idea. and more upbeat than you might expect. However. it's let down by weak direction from Krishnamma. See review. l?(l(‘ ('inemas. lidinburgh.

Nightwatch ( IX) (()le Borttedal. Denmark. I‘M-1) Nikolai Waldau. l,'lf Pilgaard. Kim Bodnia. I04 mins. A law student. moonlighting as a niglttwatclunan in a hospital morgue. becomes involved in a sex killer case. Tightly scripted. with just a drop of wicked black humour. Nig/tlwurrlt

delivers creepy hiitts of necrophilia. visceral sltocks and heart-racing suspense. Superior genre movie-making. ('('.-\. (ilasgow.

0 Brother, Where Art Thou? ( 12) 0... (Joel (‘oen. l'S. 3000) (ieorge (‘looncy. John 'l‘ttrttirro. Tim Blake Nelson. 107 mins. Preston Stttrges' Sullivan "s 'l'rure/s and llomer's 'l’lit’ ()tly'sst'y' are the starting points for this 30s-set screwball comedy. Smooth-talking liverett l'lysees Mc(iill ((‘looney). sintpleton Delmar (Nelson) and maladjusted Pete ('l‘urtttrro) are members of a chain gang on the rttn looking for buried loot. Their journey tip and down the state of Mississippi brings them into contact with assorted eccentrics based on Homer’s mythological figures. A lighter work for tlte ('ocits. ntorc Kit/tine :lrimnu than I‘tll'gl). but it's still a rare treat. A truly captivating confederacy of dunces. Filmhouse & L'GC Cinemas. Edinburgh. 101 Reykjavik ( 18) O... (Baltasar Kormakur. Iceland. 200)) llilmir Snzer (iudnason. Victoria Abril. 88 mins. llly nttr ((ittdnason) is a twentysontething who still lives at home with his single mother. drinking the long days away and surfing the internet for pornography. But lllynur gets the wake up call of his life when he beds his mother‘s beautiful Spanish friend. l.ola (Abril). only to discover she's ltis mum‘s lesbian lover. \thn tlte infidelity is revealed. the film becomes a comedy of unease. charting similarly queasy territory as David 0. Russell (Spun/ting The Monkey) It's a smarting black comedy with a snow - white background and the pulsating score by Damon Albarn eittphasises the film‘s L‘UUl credentials. Selected release.

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(Peter and Bobby l-at't‘clly. l'S. 300l ) Bill Murray. ('hris Rock. l)a\ id Hyde Pierce. Laurence liishburne. ()5 mins. Mising liye action with animation. the liarrelly 's have cotne tip with a real w inner. Within slothftil [00 keeper Murray 's body. fttnky white blood cell cop Jones (\oiced by Rock) is partnered with cold capsule painkilling machine l)ri.\ (l’iercc) to bring down a lethal flu virus (l-‘ishbttrnel. Writer Marc llytnan explores ey cry win of this nifty idea. envisioning Murray 's insides as a metropolis teaming with gangsters and cor- rupt politicians. Say \y. satirical play on the body politic. reminiscent of Warner Bros cartoons of the l‘J-ltls. which is exactly what this retro-styled animation looks like. See review. (ieneral release.

GThe Others ( IZ) oooo (similar-u Amenabar. l'S/Spain. 2001 ) Nicole Kidman. l‘ionnula l'ilanagan. Alakina Matti). James Bentley. l0l mins. 'I‘lit' ()Ilit'rs cont— bines all the elements of the Victorian (iothic thriller. but Antenabar's American debut is actually set on Jersey. at the end of World War ll. Kidman plays (irace. a high- ly-strung woman who keeps her cltildren locked tip in an old mansion because she believes they w ill the if exposed to the sun. However. they do itot dwell there alone. Amenabar's is a moody tale that rests on the impossibility of working otit what is real and what is supernatural. A trittmph of mer- ciless psychological manipulation. See review. (ieneral release.

A Paradise Under The Stars ( IS) ((ierado ('hijona. ('uba. l‘)‘)‘)) ()0 tttitis. Screwball comedy revoly ing around a llavana nightclub and inspired by Strict/y Bull/mm). Pat't of ;Si \'ttbal (il’l‘. (ilasgow. C9 The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) (13) .0... (Michael llatteke. France/Alistria. 2001) Isabelle llttppert. lZ‘) mins. As with ltis prey iotis films. ('mlt’ Unknown and l'itnnv (iii/lies. llatteke shows btit doesn't tell. lt's left to the audience to piece together the disturbed psyche of lirika Kt)lttll. the Viennese pittltt) ltlltn‘ ()l' llte title (llttppert). llatteke tells the tale (based on lilfriede Jelinek's novel) through a series of beautifully cotnposcd scenes. editing tltem together with the precision of a surgeon. llttppert capitalises on her opaque visage. providing her director with a beautifully nuanced understated performance. It's a pleasure to ‘read‘ this film. and no surprise it garnered both controversy attd awards at the (antics liilm l-‘estiyal. See t'ey iew. (il-‘l'. (ilasgow; liilmhouse. lidinbtirgh.

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