Film index

Frantic (IS) eee (Rotnan Polanski. US. I988) Harrison Ford. Betty Buckley. Emmanuell Seigner. l20min. Cardiologist Ford and wife Buckley travel to Paris for a conference. but en route manage to exchange one of their cases for an electronic detonator. His wife‘s disappearance is soon to pitch Ford into a plot involving intemational espionage and the murky Parisian underworld. A partial return to form for Polanski after the soggy Pirates. But it is only partial. because this attempt at the Hitchcock genre is rather dog-cared and sluggish. though the cast is worth watching. Part of Polanski season. Film/rouse. Edinburgh.

Freeze Frame (15) 00 (John Simpson. UK. 2004) Lee Evans. Rachael Stirling. Colin Salmon. Sean McGinley. Ian McNeice. 98min. Sean Veil (Evans) is a man terrified of not being filmed. Ever since he was accused of murdering a woman and her daughters sotne ten years earlier. the reclusive Veil has videotaped himself around the clock. so that he has a permanent record of all his movements. But the obsessive Detective Inspector Emeric (McGinIey) has been tipped off that Veil was responsible for the killing of a prostitute. and the tape that would exonerate him has been stolen from his personal archives. But can helpful television joumalist Katie Carter (Stirling) really be trusted? Low budget feature that swiftly squanders an interesting premise of a man under perpetual self-surveillance to become a garbled and illogical thriller. UGC Renfrew Street. Glasgow; Glasgow: UCI Edinburgh. Edinburgh.

Gallant Girls ( 15) (Barbara Teufel. Germany. I995) 95min. Documentary about the powerful gay rights movement that operated in Communist East Berlin. Barbara Teufel narrates with interviews with the many ‘female knights' and ‘gallant girls' involved in this direct political action group. Part of the Lesbian and Gay Film Festival on Tour. Glasgoit' Film Theatre, Glasgow:




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Ghosts of the Abyss 30 (PG) (James Cameron. US. 2004) 59min. Documentary in which master storyteller James Cameron leads an expedition back to the site of his greatest inspiration -~ the wreck of the legendary Titanic where nearly 1500 people lost their lives over a century ago. Using state-of-the-art technology developed specifically for the film. (‘ameron and his team are able to explore the wreckage and bring it to screen in 3D. The audience is able to experience an archaeological dive as if they were right in the dive ships or even as the crew 90 years ago. IMAX Theatre. Glasgow

Godsend (l5) 0 (Nick Ilamm. US/Canada. 2004) Greg Kinnear. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. Robert De Niro. (‘ameron Bright. l()2min. See review. page 28. General release.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (PG) 000 (Alfonso Cuaron. US. 2004) Daniel Radcliffe. Richard Griffiths. Pam Ferris. Fiona Shaw. Gary ()ldman. I4Imin. It is the summer before Harry's third year at Hogwarts. and he has heard that Sirius Black (Gary ()ldman). a renegade wizard. is the Prisoner of Azkaban. What Harry doesn't suspect is that Black has escaped and is coming after him. Expectations are riding high for Harry Potter 3. with a new director in (‘uaron (Y 'I'u Mama’ 'Iambie’n). and a darker. more complex book to adapt. There is enough dark humour. spectacular effects and appealing perfomiances to keep you trapped in the franchise. But Harry‘s new adventure is also ponderous and overlong. regular Potter screenwriter Steven Kloves‘ confusing. rambling. structurally incoherent script. in which characters appear and disappear and plot turns are never realised. keeps the door firme closed on this private club. General release.

Haunted Mansion (PG) 00 (Rob Minkoff. US. 2003) liddie Murphy. Terence Statnp. Nathaniel Parker. Marsha




'l‘homason. Jennifer Tilly. Wallace Shawn. 8(mtin. Jim livers (Murphy) is a real estate shark who makes a detour from the family holiday to take his family to an old mansion at the request of a ghostly butler. lli jinx and life lessons ensue. :\Ilitc‘llllc attempt to turtt a Disneyland theme park ride into a fantily film. Glasgmt- l-‘i'lm Theatre. Glasgow

Hum Tum ( l2.»\) (Kunal Kohli. India. 2004) SaifAli Khan. Rani Mukherjee. Rislti Kapoor. Kiron Kher. Karan Kapoor (Khan) is a cartoonist with one of India’s leading newspapers. ()n a trip to Amsterdam she meets Rhea (Mukherjee). They disagree on just about everything btit there is definitely a spark there. and it's going to be a bumpy courtship. Pleasing romantic musical. Music by Jatin Lalit. ()tleon at the Quay. Glasgow. Glasgott'.

I’m Not Scared (12) 0000 (Gabriele Salvatores. ltaly/Spain/I'K) Aitana Sanchez-Gijon. Dino Abbrescia. Giorgio (‘areccia. Giuseppe Cristiano. Mattia Di Pierro. Diego .»\batantuono. l0lmin. Part horror movie. part political thriller. this haunting. eerie ll'liistle Donn the ll’intl-style drama is set in the bankrupt rural south of Italy dtiring the late l‘)7()s. Director Salvatores has filmed Niccolo Ammaniti's popular novel about a boy passing frottt innocence to experience with quiet. sun-shot malevolence. Adapted for the screen by Ammaniti himself. the film keeps its audience as ttttich in the dark as the film's innocent protagonist. ltalo Petriccione's photography of the baking landscape is vivid enough to induce an itchy heat rash and the performances Salvatores elicits from child actors (‘ristiano and Di Pierro are wonderful. A glorious paean to childhood with the wrenching pain of Childhood's end. ('(i('. Glasgow. ('ameo, Iz‘tlinhurgh.

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Intimate Strangers (Confidences Trop lntimes) ( I5) 000 (Patrice l.cconte. lirance. 2003) Sandrine Bonnaire. liabrice Lucini. l04min. Anna (Sandrinc Bonnaire) is trying to get otit of an abusive relationship. and seeks help from a psychologist. But she accidentally walks ittto tlte wrong office and starts revealing intimate details to shocked lax lawyer William tl"abricc l,uchini). lie is so absorbed by the sadness. darkness and fantasies she shares with him that he doesn’t quite get round to telling her who he is. She keeps coming back. and he becomes as much her patient as she is his client. Intriguing psychodrama. Selected release. Japanese Story t IS) 0000 (Sue Brooks. Australia. 2003) Toni ('ollette. (iotaro 'I‘sunashima. 107mm. When Aussie geologisl Sandy ((‘ollcltct is forced to lake Japanese businessman Iliromitstt ('I‘snashima) into the outback. the [\so 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 Story reaches out for something tnore soulful and dreamy. (‘ollettc. in particular. has ney er been better: the \ itality' and depth she brings to the role locks iit deeply with the film's hypnotic. drowsy quality. The beautiful cinematography is greatly aided by the spooky. precious beauty of the l’ilbara barren lands. Director Brooks has fashioned




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