Film index

Country (tbc) (Kevin Liddy. Ireland. 2000) Dean Prichard. 102 mins. The slow decay of a motherless family in rural Ireland of the I970s is halted by the arrival of art estranged aunt in this drama which deals with the themes of loss. redemption and the repressed. Part of the Irish Film Festival. The Lumiere. Edinburgh.

The Crooked Mile (tbc) (Stephen Kane. Ireland. 2001) 77 mins. Quirky road tnovie in which an odd couple. an unusually mature nine-year-old and a twentysomething college drop out. embark on a trip. Cue flash cars and fast tractors plus a film icon frotn the l950s. Part ofthe Irish Film Festival. The Lumiere. Edinburgh.

Dance Me To My Song (tbc) (Rolf de Heer. Australia. 1998) Heather Rose. Joey Kennedy. Josh Brumpton. 102 mins. Bold and beautiful drama about the efforts of a young disabled woman to affirm her life and identity. Rose. who plays the lead. Julia. was inspired by her own experiences as a wotnan bom with severe cerebral palsy. Part of the Able To Be film festival. The Filtnhouse. Edinburgh.

Das Testament Des Dr Mabuse (tbc) (Fritz Lang. Germany. 1933) ()scar Beregi Sr. Paul Bemd. Henry Bless. 122 mins. Lang‘s early tnasterpiece. a crime thriller in which a Berlin police inspector investigates a case in which all clues lead to a man. Dr. Mabuse. who has been confined to a hospital for mental illnesses for many years. CC A. Glasgow.

The Day I Became A Woman (L') O... (Marzieh Meshkini. Iran. 2000) 94 mins. ()ne of those small films which takes on the big issues. this Iranian movie presents an intimate three-part portrait of different women. Nine-year-old Havva is introduced to the dark side of Islamic law; married woman Ahoo is indulging in a women-only bike ride when her husband shows up; and an old lady goes on a mass shopping spree. The Filrnhouse. Edinburgh. Delicatessen ( 15) .0... (Jean-Pierre Jeunet/Marc Caro. France. 1991 ) Dominique Pinon. Marie-Laure Dougnac. Jean-Claude Dreyfus. 99 mins. In a sepia wasteland somewhere in the future. a butcher feeds his neighbours with the juicy joints of his lodgers. But when fortner clown Louison (Pinon) arrives and falls for his daughter. an underground vegetarian resistance group come to the rescue. Hilarious blend of bizarre characters. slapstick and comic tension makes for the first true cult item of the ‘90s. Grosvenor. Glasgow.

Dolphins (U) (2000) The producers of the most successful IMAX movie ever. Everest. take us undersea into the aquatic home of dolphins. With narration by Pierce Brosnan and music by Sting. IMAX Theatre. Glasgow.

Don’t Say A Word (15) 0. (Gary Fleder. US. 2002) Michael Douglas. Sean Bean. Brittany Murphy. 1 13 mins. A frequently ludicrous. routine Hollywood thriller in which Douglas plays a psychiatrist who has less than 24 hours to retrieve a six- figure number from a seemingly-catatonic patient (Murphy) or a bunch of ruthless kidnappers (led by Bean) will tnurder his


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daughter. The tnain problem with Gary Things 73) [)0 In Denver Wlten You 're Dead Fleder‘s film is that it bungles its climax. When it's over there's a profound sense of ‘Was that it‘." General release.

Down From The Mountain (1)) 0... (Nick Doob. (‘hris llegedus. US. 2001 ) 97 mins. This record of the concert given by the musicians who recorded the soundtrack to () Brother: Where Art Thou." features the late John Hartford as MC. Early on. backstage. he is at death's door. but on stage the wonderful tnttsic anitnates him into a jig. Hartford is only one of the amazing bluegrass musician assembly including fellow veteran Dr Ralph Startle as well as younger artists such as Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss. And there are a number of songs not on the original soundtrack. The Lumiere. Edinburgh.

Dr Dolittle (PG) 0 (Betty Thomas. LS. 1998) Eddie Murphy. ()ssie Davies. ()liver Platt. 85 mins. A turkey with Rex Harrison in its original form. and still pretty dire this time round. This wild fatnin adventure offers crude bottom humour for the Babe audience. but the talking animals gimmick battles with cheesy morality and nothing comes together. ()deon. Dunfertnline.

The Dutchman’s Island (La illa del holandes) ( 15) (Siegfried .Vlonleon. Spain. 2001) Pere Ponce. Cristina Plazas. Feodor Atkine. 107 mins. Set in 1969. towards the end of Franco's regime. a university professor has been exiled to a small island. There the locals are faced with making a decision about whether or not their home should be given over to tourism. which would require them to close the salt mines. Part of the Spanish Film Festival. GET. Glasgow; The Filmhouse. Edinburgh. Eloge de L’amour (PG) eeee (Jean- Luc Goddard. France. 2001) Bruno Putzulu. Cecile Camp. Jean Davy. 98 mins. Godard's latest film sees him once again grappling with two constraints: the progressive and the elegiac. Here Putzulu plays an artist who in the film's monochrome. celluloid first half struggles to get a project off the ground. In the colour. videoed second section. set a couple of years before. he interviews a Resistance expert and we watch how what we see may become the source of inspiration for the film Putzulu wants to make. Blending the old with the new. Godard offers a technical correlative to a story that punningly plays on the many forms resistance may take. Adam Smith Theatre. Kirkcaldy.

The Emperor’s New Groove (U) .0. (Mark Dindal. US. 2001) David Spade. John Goodman. Eartha Kill. 78 mins. Emperor Kuzco is monarch of an unspecified South American land who is turned into a llama by his scheming assistant Yzma (voiced most appropriately by Kitt) dttring a botched assassination attempt. The llatna emperor goes on the run and is befriended by good-willed herder Pacha

(Goodman). who helps retum his four- legged ruler to his throne. There are the occasional clever postmodem touches Kuzco stopping the film reel to talk to the audience but mostly this is prime old- school Disney stuff. It lacks the animated landscape innovations of Tarzan. nor does it enjoy the character development of Aladdin. which is why. ultitnately. its missing edge. C ineworld. Falkirk.

Enigma (15) eeee (Michael Apted. UK. 2001) Dougray Scott. Kate Winslet. Saffron Burrows. 1 17 mins. Tom Jericho (Scott). a crack WWII codebreaker. is called back frotn premature retirement to break the Nazis' new cypher. ()n his return. he discovers that Claire (Burrows). the woman who broke his heart. has gone missing and. with the aid of her housemate (Winslet). begins to discover that she was not entirely what she seemed. Apted's screen adaptation of Robert Harris's best-selling novel is. rarely enough. both relatively faithful and rather good. though scriptwriter Tom Stoppard increases the love interest and ftddles the plot a little. but the mixture of cynicistn and heroism that characterised Harris's characters is undiluted in the film. Carnegie Hall. Dunfertnline.

ET (U) eeee (Steven Spielberg. US. 1982) Dee Wallace. Henry Thomas. Peter Coyote. 1 15 mins. An alien creature gets stranded on earth (the opening sequence of threatening legs and flashing torches is beautifully done). where he is adopted by sotne kids. who help hitn construct a communication device to summon back his spaceship. All the little guy wanted to do was go home. but Spielberg made sure he had lots of cute and agreeable adventures first. and slipped in the tnost tear-jerking psuedo-death since Baloo the Bear in The Jungle Book for good measure. lfGC Renfrew Street. Glasgow.

The Exorcist - Director’s Cut ( 18) on (William Friedkin. L'S. 1973) Max von Sydow. Ellen Bttrstyn. Linda Blair. 132 mins. Writer William Peter Blatty always griped that in excising twenty minutes frotn The Emreist. Friedkin removed its moral centre and obscured its theological message. To Blatty‘s horror. sortie people thought the Devil won. Twenty seven years later. Friedkin has reinstated eleven minutes of footage. and the re-editing job is done so lovingly that fans are unlikely to feel cynically exploited. Even so. Friedkin‘s cuts have mostly been vindicated by this new release _ it now feels too long. while the infamoUs ‘spider walk' scene merely adds a cheap and redundant shock. Grosvenor. Glasgow.

The Experiment (Das Experiment) (18) 0.. (()liver Ilirschbiegel. Germany. 2002) Moritz Blcibtreu. Justus von Dohnanyi. Andrea Sawatzki. l 15 mins. Although Hirschbiegel's film is adapted from Maria Giordano‘s novel Black But". its basis lies in true fact - the infamous 1971 Stanford University psychology department

experiment in which a group of men became guinea pigs in a prison simulation scenario. With shocking speed they lose their sense of identity and assume the role of guards and prisoners. the former abusing the latter and the latter excepting their lot. Hirschbiegel‘s film finds a disturbing parallel in the rise to power of Nazism. and the director effectively maintains an oppressive atmosphere and building sense of dread. although early scenes are overly concemed with style. See review. UGC Renfrew Street. Glasgow; UGC Cinemas. Edinburgh. Fantasia 2000 (U) eee (Various US. 2000) Voices of Steve Martin. Bette Midler. Quincy Jones. 75 mins. When Walt Disney first came up with the idea of turning classical music pops into an animated pot pourTi. he originally envisioned that I‘ltntasia would continue to be renewed by additional material. Sixty years on. his dream has at last catne to fruition with this new collection of musical highlights. The star of the show is the one segment retained from the original. the Dukas ‘Sorcerer's Apprentice' set-piece with Mickey Mouse in a pointy wizard‘s hat and lots of buckets of water. The Lumiere. Edinburgh.

Fargo ( l8) .0... (Joel Coen. US. 1996) Frances McDormand. Steve Buscemi. William H. Macy. 97 mins. Hoping to make sotne bucks. a car salesman attempts to have his wife kidnapped by hittnen; but quickly blood is spilt. As the pregnant police detective on the case. McDormand provides a warm-hearted centre for the movie. while the absurdist plot and weird local colour gain momentum. It’ll be considered a classic. given time. UCI. Edinburgh.

Four Seasons Of The Law (PG) (Ditnos Avdeliodis. Greece. 1999) 178 mins. Award-winning portrait of life on the island of Chios. Part of the Greek Film Festival. GET. Glasgow.

From Hell ( I8) 0.. (Allen and Albert Hughes. US. 2001 ) Johnny Depp. Heather Graham. Robbie Coltrane. 121 mins. As a Gothic thriller in the Hammer mould. From Hell works just fine. Blood is splattered about with the enthusiasm of an abattoir attendant. and there's not an opportunity missed to wreath scenes in mist and shroud them in shadow. However. as an investigation of the Jack the Ripper murders. From Hell is a disappointment. It brings nothing new to the plethora of conspiracy theories surrounding the brutal slaying of five Whitechapel prostitutes in 1888. But then it was always going to be a tall order. adapting Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell‘s exhaustive graphic novel investigation into the crimes. General release.

George Washington (12) eeeee (David Gordon Green. US. 2001) Donald Holden. Candace Evanofski. Eddie Rouse. 89 mins. In a humid. broken North Carolina backwoods town a group of angsty. literate and above all verbose teenagers talk and play. Green was a mere 24-years-old when he made this haunting film. possibly the first to be justifiably compared to Terence Malick's Days Of Heaven. From its lush. elegiac photography. remarkable performances from a group of non-actors and the deeply sensitive editing. this is an instant classic. Like Lynne Ramsey‘s Rtttr'atr‘her it deals with the suffocating guilt yet ultimate powerlessness of childhood. Adam Smith Theatre. Kirkcaldy.

Gloomy Sunday ( 15) (Rolf Schuebel. Gennany/Hungrey. 1999) 109 mins. In Bucharest in the 1930s three men fall in love with the same woman: a German officer. a restaurant owner and his pianist. Director Schuebel will make a personal appearance. GET. Glasgow.

Gostond Park ( IS) eeee (Robert Altman. US/U K. 2001) Michael Gambott. Kristin Scott Thomas. Kelly Macdonald.

137 mins. The Agatha Christie-esque murder mystery at the centre of (insfonl Park is the least compelling pan ofAltman's otherwise finely-observed period piece. Set in November 1932 over a few days during a shooting party at the eponymous country estate of Sir William McCordle (Gambon) and Lady Sylvia McCordle (Scott Thomas). Gus/rm! Park details the relationship