New foreign language movies (June 2008)

June 26, 2008 at 4:02 pm 1 comment

Over the past month, movies in various languages have been recorded from SBS & ABC channels. These movies are also available from the computers in the Self Study room (look under the Language folders) should you wish to view them.

Enjoy! 🙂


Arabic

The Syrian Bride

Hammed is a leading political figure in Majdal Shams, a Druze township that has been under Israeli occupation since the late 1960s. Hammed has arranged for his daughter, Mona, to marry Tallel, a successful actor in Syria. The occasion is a bittersweet one, given the combative relationship between Israel and Syria. The family accompanies Mona to the border, where she’ll have to cross to Syria by herself. Tallel, the groom, waits on the other side with his family. Once Mona crosses into Syria, she’ll never be allowed into Israel again, not even to visit her close-knit family.

Hiam Abbass, Makram Khoury
(2004) (Israel/Arabic, Hebrew) Director: Eran Riklis
PG Drama 105 mins

French

Feathers in My Head

Blanche and Jean-Pierre have a seemingly idyllic existence in a small Belgian town. They have a cute three-year-old son but their peace is shattered when, one day, he ventures into the adult world, leaving his father devastated and mother half-crazed with grief. As a result, she wanders around the nearby woods and forests looking for him. On her journey Blanche meets a young man, a loner and keen birdwatcher, who records his field observations in a notebook. He teaches her about birds. Their encounter, communion with nature, and brief affair prove to be healing and finally help her get over the loss of her son.

Sophie Museur, Francis Renaud
(2003) (Belgium/French) Director: Thomas De Thier
M L,S,A,N Drama 115 mins Repeat

La Petite Chartreuse

Eight-year-old Eva is accidentally hit by a car driven by recovering alcoholic, Etienne, when she runs into traffic. Wracked with guilt linked to an episode in his past (of violence against his ex-wife), Etienne makes regular visits to the hospital where Eva now lies in a coma. There Etienne meets Eva’s rather incompetent but loving single mother Pascale, who clearly does not have the emotional maturity to deal with the situation. Although doctors tell Pascale that at this stage in Eva’s recovery it is extremely important for her to be spoken to and to hear voices, this is something Pascale is unable to do.

Olivier Gourmet, Marie-Josée Croze
(2005) (France/French) Director: Jean-Pierre Denis
PG Drama 95 mins

That Day

A surreal, sophisticated thriller set in the near future, this film tells the story of Livia, a flaky young woman who manages to foil a nasty family plot to kill her for her mother’s inheritance. Her smooth and vicious father wants to make sure everything the girl gets from her mother goes back into his business and he’ll sacrifice as many of his children as necessary to get there. The problem is, the psychopath sent to kill the girl and whoever else stands in the way is defeated by the girl’s disarming manner. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003. Written and directed by Raoul Ruiz.

Elsa Zylberstein, Michel Piccoli
(2003) (Switzerland/French) Director: Raoul Ruiz
M V,A Mystery 110 mins Repeat

German

Inspector Rex (weekly series, 7.35-9.30 Thursdays)

Rats


After performing an unauthorised rescue in his helicopter, Dabrock has been grounded. As punishment, he is assigned to take care of Frankfurt’s growing rat problem. For a while, an unusual number of rats have been spotted in the city. When it is discovered that the rats are carrying and spreading a virus fatal to humans for which no vaccine exists, Dabrock quickly realises that Frankfurt is facing a crisis which could wipe out most of its population.

Anne Cathrin Buhtz, Ralph Herforth
(2001) (Germany/German) Director: Jorg Luhdorff
M V,A Horror 105 mins Repeat

Hebrew

Round Trip

Nurit and Mushidi have come to Tel Aviv for very different reasons. Nurit rounds up her son and daughter and leaves her jobless husband for what she hopes will be a more fulfilling life in the big city. Meanwhile, Mushidi has left Nigeria and her young son to look for work. When Nurit realises that her bus driving job will not pay the bills and allow her to watch her children, she decides to hire a housekeeper. Enter Mushidi who agrees to watch the children in exchange for room and board.

Anat Waxman, Nathati Moshesh
(2003) (Israel/Hebrew) Director: Shahar Rozen
M L,S,A Drama 100 mins

The Syrian Bride

Hammed is a leading political figure in Majdal Shams, a Druze township that has been under Israeli occupation since the late 1960s. Hammed has arranged for his daughter, Mona, to marry Tallel, a successful actor in Syria. The occasion is a bittersweet one, given the combative relationship between Israel and Syria. The family accompanies Mona to the border, where she’ll have to cross to Syria by herself. Tallel, the groom, waits on the other side with his family. Once Mona crosses into Syria, she’ll never be allowed into Israel again, not even to visit her close-knit family.

Hiam Abbass, Makram Khoury
(2004) (Israel/Arabic, Hebrew) Director: Eran Riklis
PG Drama 105 mins

Cantonese/Mandarin/Thai

The Eye 2

Joey Cheng is an emotional and unstable woman, whose affair with married man Sam is not going well. Trying to forget him with a shopping trip to Thailand, she attempts suicide and is grief stricken when he fails to return her calls. On her return to Hong Kong, she starts to suffer from hallucinations. She also becomes violent and fights off a potential rapist with ferocious bites. Although she has decided to break up with Sam, she then discovers that she is pregnant.

Shu Qi, Jesdaporn Pholdee
(2003) (Thailand/Cantonese, Thai, Mandarin) Director: Pang Brothers
MA V,A,H Thriller 100 mins

Formula 17

Naive countryman Chou T’ien-Tsai goes to Taipei to meet an internet lover face-to-face. Being a romantic, and believing in true love, he is sorely disappointed when his friend suggests they have sex with no strings attached. T’ien instead goes to a bar and runs into his ex-classmate Yu. Whilst at the bar he meets the “number one playboy” Bai Tie Nan and a love affair begins. This film won a Golden Horse Award at the 2004 Golden Horse Film Festival.

Tony Yang, Duncan Lai
(2004) (Taiwan/Mandarin) Director: Yin-jung Chen
Romantic Comedy 100 mins

Spanish

Buena Vida Delivery

After his family emigrates to Spain in order to escape the ravages of the 2001-2002 economic crisis in Argentina, young Hernán is left with a large house to himself. While getting petrol for his bike, he strikes up a conversation with the attendant, Pato, and asks her out on a date during which he mentions having a room available. Pato seems uninterested, then turns up and decides to rent it. Over time the pair moves from being housemates to lovers, as the young woman responds to Hernán’s enthusiastic overtures.

Ignacio Toselli, Moro Anghileri
(2003) (Argentina/Spanish) Director: Leonardo Di Cesare
M L,V Comedy 95 mins

Unconscious

Freud and his work are the inspiration for this delightful Spanish comedy of manners set in the high modernist Barcelona of 1913. The fictional character of Alma is at least as much ahead of her time as Freud is. Her father is renowned neurosurgeon Dr Horacio Mira and she is married to Dr León Pardo, a psychiatrist who studied under Freud. After returning to Barcelona from Vienna, Dr Pardo, mumbling and crying, walks out on his pregnant wife Alma under very mysterious circumstances. Alma seeks solace and help from her brother-in-law Salvador, who is secretly in love with her and who believes Freud’s outrageous theories are a load of nonsense.

Leonor Watling, Luis Tosar
(2004) (Spain/Spanish) Director: Joaquín Oristrell
M A,N,S Comedy 110 mins *CC*

Thai

My Girl

A smash hit in Thailand, this is the enchanting story of Jeab who is preparing to attend a wedding in Bangkok when he is notified that childhood playmate Noi Nah is also tying the knot back in their hometown of Petchaburi. Jeab claims he hasn’t thought about her for years, but throws over his prior engagement to attend her nuptials. As he drives back from Bangkok he fondly recalls the times they spent together.

Charwin Jitsomboon, Focus Jirakul
(2003) (Thailand/Thai) M L Romantic Comedy 120 mins Repeat

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