Calmness t 15) 0.. tJayaraaj. India. 2001 i Seema Bisyyas. 95min. The star of The Bum/i! Queen plays the griey ing mother of a son who is killed by a friend Who is a tnemher of a riy‘al political moy'ement. Shot in North Kerala. this is topical stuff. (il-‘I'. (ilasgoyy.
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(Lawrence (iuterman. LS. 2001 t Jeff (ioldhlum. IiIi/aheth Perkins. Miriam Margoyles. 87min. This refreshing approach to cute talking pets films is a kind of suhy-ersiye Lassie meets Mission: Int/my’si/t/c'. These dogs don't just talk. they use suryeillance equipment and hay e a solemn mission to protect scientist (ioldhlum as he iny'ents a cure for dog allergies. The cats are ey il. hell-hent on conquering the world: their special agents have deadly ninja skills and Vicious weapons. The animatronic effects are of a pretty high standard. hut it‘s the animal trainers you're in real ayye of. The occasional yyander into sentimental territory and sloyy ing up of pace can he forgiy en hy the madly original idea. Iiy'ely action sequences and knockahout humour. (‘ineyyorld litlkirk.
The Closet 1 15» 000 tl’rancois \‘eher. I‘rance. 3002) Daniel .-\utieul. (ierard Depardieu. .\lichelle I.aroque. 85min. Francois t:\utieuli is a company man perceiyed as hland and one-dimensional. But he's seen differently \y hen a touched up photograph suggests that the straight Francois frequents some risque gay nightcluhs. Iiyeryhody at the condom factory where he \yoi'ks (Depardieu. I.aroque. hoss Jean Roehefortt sees a neyy man. as if finding something of their my n possihilities \y ithin I"rancoi~' apparently Iihertine hehay'iour. 'I‘Iu' ('lou'l does a surprisingly skilful joh of suggesting that gay ness can he a healthy if \ irtuaI mode of heing. \yhile also. in I‘rancois' employment anxieties. attaching itself to the yyorkplace film that so preoccupies I‘rench cinema at
the moment. Selected release.
Cool and Crazy (Heftig og Begeistret) I I5» 000 lKntll lint. Jensen. Norway. 200]) 105mm. Joining a male \oice choir may not he eyeryone\ idea of a good time. hut giy en that IierIeyag's other main leisure actiy ities seem to he smoking rollies and staring otit to sea. this local enscmhle is a popular one. Iierlcy ag sils on the edge of lliL‘ Iiarent Sea. and
Jensen does not shirk from shoty ing the monotony of this small Norwegian toyy n. .-\.\ a film. (no! and ('mry' could do with a little more narratiye driy e. But as a social portrait it is impeccahle. and it has its oyyn potent and rather stoic lyricism. Adam Smith. Kirkcaldy.
Digitate t I 'i i\'arious. Scotland. 3002) ()(Illllll. Animations created hy young people
working \yith I’roiect Ahility. (il-"I‘. (ilasgoyy.
Bing the crooner and Satchmo in High society
GDivided we Fall 1 12» on (Jan Ilrehejk. (’lech Repuhlic. 2000) Boleslay I’oliy'ka. Anna Siskoya, (’songor Kassai. 123mm. ('leeh hlack comedy that harks hack to the good old d;in of .\liIos I"orman'~ xl I-"irmiun ‘\ Bull and Jiri XIL‘lt/cl‘s (‘lrtyr'ly‘ (Hucrwr/ frailty. .\'a/i held (‘/echosloyakia is a strange place to he especially if you take in lodgers. See
rey ieyy. Iiilmhouse. Iidinhurgh.
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