Mattia Di Pierro. Diego Abatantuono. 108mm. See interview. page 25 and review, page 26. Selected release from Fri 2 Jul. Japanese Story ( 15 ) .00. (Sue Brooks. Australia. 2003) Toni Collette. (iotaro Tsunashima. 107min. When Aussie geologist Sandy (Collette) is forced to take Japanese businessman Hiromitsu (Tsnashima) into the outback. the two begin to bond. but it is a friendship that is to change both their lives forever. Bypassing the cliche and cheap xenophobia that mark out most cross-cultural romance. Japanese Sta/y reaches out for something more soulful and dreamy. Collette. in particular. has never been better; the vitality and depth she brings to the role locks in deeply with the film's hypnotic. drowsy quality. The beautiful cinematography is greatly aided by the spooky. precious beauty of the Pilbara barren lands. Director Brooks has fashioned a deeply quirky romantic drama out of Alison Tilson‘s beautiful spare screenplay. One for the ladies. Selected release.
0 Jersey Girl (12A) oooo (Kevin Smith. 2004) Raquel Castro. Ben Affleck. Liv Tyler. Jennifer Lopez. George Carlin. 102mm. See review. page 28. General release.
Jim Poole Short Film Award (15) (Various. Scotland. 2001) ()0min. And the winners are . . . Fabulous award ceremony to announce and screen the winning films from this year's excellent Scottish short film award named after the great Jim Poole. (ii-"II Glasgow.
Jiyan (tbc) (Jano Rosebiani. Iraq/CSA. 2002) Kurdo (ialali. Pisheng Berzinci. Coman. Hawrami. 94min. Five years after the terrible bombings at Halabja. Diy'ari. a Kurdish/Aiiierican retums to his home town to build an orphanage. He meets up with old friends and makes new ones. one of whom is Jiyan. a ten-year-old orphan. Gl-"I. Glasgow.
Kill Bill: Volume 2 t 18) .00.. (Quentin 'I'arantino. US. 2004) L'ma Thurman. David Carradine. Daryl Hannah. Michael Madsen. Samuel 1. Jackson. 13(nnin. 'l‘arantino‘s rollicking rampage of revenge changes gear for its concluding part. A dialogue-heavy Western bathed in the spirit of exploitation and B movies. this is a thrilling. perplexing end to a great pseudo feminist riff on violence and revenge. It is also very nice to see Carradine back in a film deserving of his talents. UGC Rt’Ii/i't’it' Street. Glasgow; L’GC. Iidinlnajgb. Knife in the Water ( 15) 0000. (Roman Polanski. Poland. 1962) Leon Niemczyk. Jolanta lfmecka. Zygmunt Malanowicz. 94min. Polanski came to prominence with this tight but imaginative three-character psychological study. A couple going on holiday pick up a hitch- hiker and soon dangerous emotional games are being played. The director‘s simple approach keeps the tension high and meltxlramatics low. Part of the Polanski retrospective. Film/rouse. Edinburgh. Labyrinth of Passion (18) (Pedro Amodovar. Spain. 1982) Cecilia Roth. lmanol Arias. Antonio Banderas. 9-1min. A nympho club chanteuse falls for a Middle Eastern heir. who. in turn. is having a fling with a terrorist who's out to kidnap him. Sluggishly paced and relentlessly tawdry. this early work is not the place for would-be Pedrophiles to start. Cameo. Edinburgh. The Ladykillers (15) 00 (Joel & iithan Coen. CS. 2004) Tom Hanks. Irma P. Hall. Marlon Wayans. JK Simmons. 'l‘zi Ma. Ryan Hurst. 104mm. See review. page 27.
The Last Kiss (L’Uttimo Bacio) (18) O. (Gabriele Muccino. Italy. 2001 ) Stefano Accorsi. (iiovanna Mel.l.ogi0rno. Stefania Sandrelli. 1 15min. l‘laccid boy to adulthood transformation piece of part whimsy pan machismo wish fulfilment. Carlo (Accorsi) has got his girlfriend pregnant and his fear for the future is accentuated by his best friend Adriano (Passoti) bickering constantly about how the arrival of a baby has led to seven months of sexless and loveless marriage. Carlo yearns for an idealised single life. ('01. Glasgow. The Last Resort ( IS) 0000 (Pawel
Marlon Wayans tries to bag himself some old dar (Inna P Hall) in The Ladykillers
Pawlikowski. 1K. 200]) Dina Kor/un. Paddy Considine. 70min. In a rundown seaside resort on lingland's south coast that resembles a Siberian concentration camp. refugees seeking shelter in Britain are held at the government‘s pleasure. facing interminable imprisonment or eventual deportation. Into this shameful xenophobic mess blunders Tanya. a young woman arriving from Moscow with her ten-y'ear-old son. This is tough. politiciscd cinema. reminiscent of waking nightmares of ()rwell and Kafta. Polish writer-director Pawlikowski effectively draws on his documentary background. while the main players are superb. particularly (‘onsidine. tnaking only his second appearance after his extraordinary debut in :1 Room For Romeo Brass. ((24. Glasgow.
Laws of Attraction ( 12A) 00
(Peter llowitl. 178. 2004) Pierce Brosnan. Julianne Moore. Parker Posey. Michael Sheen. 90min. Having stolen its premise from Adam's Rib. the 104‘) llephurn/l‘racey screwball comedy about a husband and wife who must pit their legal minds against each other while defending feuding spotises iii court. [xlit's ofxlttraction amazingly manages to be neither funny. well paced nor well acted. Rogue lawyer Daniel Rafferty (Brosnan) is a man only interested in putting briefs on show. Audrey Miller (Moore) is the straight-laced lawyer who is to raise his chagrin in every way as they go head to head over British rock star 'l‘liorne Jamison (Sheen) and fashion designer wife Serena (Posey). who wants rid of him. Pretty predictable fare. Dominion. Edinburgh.
Les Diables (T he Devils) (15) O... (Christophe Ruggia. France/Spain. 2002) Adele Hacncl. Vincent Rotticrs. Rochdy Labidi. 10(nnin. Bleakly powerful drama about tearaway kids Joseph (Rottiers) and his autistic sister ('hloc
(Haenel). ()n the run from a series of care homes. this tnalatljusted pre-teen Bonnie and Clyde burn a trail of destruction through the French country side as Joseph
hopelessly tries to coas his psychologically
troubled sister back to normal. As eshausting as it is exhilarating. this grim character study of two abandoned children com inccd they have nothing left to lose is ripped from the headlines and dropped bloody and still beating on our cinematic plates. Les Diables is an inescapably small film but also an undeniably powerful one. Film/muse. I-[tlin/mrgb.
The Lion King (1‘) Disney's first animated feature get the l.\l.v\.\’ treatment. lit-(X. (ilaygott.
Lolita ( 15) 0... (Stanley Kubrick.
CK. 1962) James Mason. Shelley Winters.
Sue Lyon. 152mm. (ilum version of the Vladimir Nabokov novel in which hapless. middle-aged professor Mason becomes besotted by the charms of precocious nymphet l.yon. A strange blend of murder. lust and obsession with impressive moments and fine acting. (ii/more/tillG/B. Glasgow.
Macbeth ( 15) 0... (Roman Polanski. (K. 1971 1 Jon l-‘inch. l-‘rancesca Annis. Martin Shaw. l-l0min. Blood- soaked version of Shakespeare‘s turbulent Scots tragedy which manages to convey the plays pervasive spirit of evil. The Pole's dark imagination provides scenes of horror encompassed in a brooding vision of fate. mortality and power. Part of the Polanski retrospective. Film/muse. lit/inlntrgb.
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