TV programmes for October/November

November 20, 2008 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment


Under the Sand
With this beautifully directed essay on personal loss and what it means to be left alone, Francois Ozon continues to prove he is one of the brightest lights of recent French cinema. Marie, a college professor, and her husband Jean visit their country house in Southern France for a holiday break, as they have done for many years. One morning Jean goes for a swim while Marie decides to take a nap. When she wakes, she finds that her husband has disappeared. Did he drown, has he committed suicide or did he leave Marie? Months later, she has returned to Paris, and although she puts on a brave face, she remains a recluse. Her friends encourage her to start dating again, but she insists that Jean is not dead and will return.

Charlotte Rampling, Bruno Cremer, Jacques Nolot
(2000) (France/French)  Director: Francois Ozon
M  S,A  Drama  100 mins  Repeat


Come, Sweet Death
Brenner is a moody ex-detective who got kicked off the force for sleeping with the chief’s wife. He now drives for a private ambulance company that is at war with a rival service. When a nurse is brutally murdered, he puts his past experience as a detective to work – but his efforts are muddled by frequent migraine attacks, his pot addiction and his habit of being obsessed by details. Based on the novel by Wolfgang Haas.

Josef Hader, Barbara Rudnik
(2000) (Austria/German)  Director: Wolfgang Murnberger
MA  V,S,A Thriller  110 mins  Repeat

Inspector Rex (weekly series, 7.35-8.30 Thursdays)

Love in Thoughts
Does it really exist, the pinnacle of life? Guenther and Paul are convinced that it does and they want to live life to the limit, with no compromises and they expect the same of love. The year is 1927 and together with Guenther’s sister, Hilde, they spend the weekend at a summer house in the country. Paul is fascinated by Hilde and falls in love with her. At first it seems as though she feels the same about him, however, Hilde has many lovers and she has been secretly dating Hans – Guenther’s former lover. This film won the Golden Swan at the Copenhagen International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the European Film Awards.

August Diehl, Daniel Brühl, Anna Maria Mühe
(2003) (Germany/German)  Director: Achim von Borries
MA  S,V,A Drama  95 mins  Repeat


An Italian Romance
Giovanni is a married man with a child, who works in a bank. When he is sent to work in his childhood town, he meets Maria, his old flame. Their instant attraction is so strong they can’t help falling in each other’s arms again. Soon their fling becomes a romance fuelled by secret trysts and passionate love-making.

Stefano Accorsi, Maya Sansa, Luisanna Pandolfi, Marco Messeri
(2004) (Italy/Italian)  Director: Carlo Mazzacurati
MA  S,V,A Romance  110 mins

3-Iron (Bin-jip)
A young drifter squats in a stranger’s house while the owners are away. He repays their unwitting hospitality by doing laundry and small repairs. His life changes when he runs into a beautiful woman in an affluent mansion who is ready to escape her unhappy, abusive marriage.

Seung-yeon Lee, Hyuk-ho Kwon
(2004)  (South Korea/Korean)  MA  V,A  Drama  95 mins  *CC*

Set in 1343, at the end of the Yuan dynasty when the Mongols ruled, childhood sweethearts Jinha and Sullie are separated but promise to wait for each other. Sullie is the daughter of a Mongol general and a Chinese concubine. Jinha is an orphan who discovers from his teacher that he is the son of a Korean master swordsman annihilated by Sullie’s father years ago. Sullie’s father wants her to wed Namgung, a Mongol noble. When Sullie hears that Jinha was apparently killed in a fight with Namgung, she agrees to her father’s wishes.

Hyeon-jun Shin, Kim Hee-seon
(2000)  (South Korea/Korean)  Director: Young-jun Kim
MA  V,A  Drama  125 mins  Repeat

Untold Scandal
Based on the novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses, this film is set in 18th century Korea at the end of the Chosun Dynasty. During her husband’s absence, the beautiful and immoral Lady Cho is required to groom sweet 16-year-old So-ok to be Lord Cho’s new concubine. Understandably piqued, she enlists the aid of her cousin, notorious rake Lord Cho Won, to seduce the girl and get her pregnant. Lord Cho performs the task with enthusiasm, but he is also pursuing a more difficult prey, the beautiful, chaste widow Lady Chung. The rake, however, is caught out at his own game, and begins to experience the first movements of love, while Lady Cho dallies with Inho, a young nobleman who has fallen in love with the concubine. Against an exquisite background of aristocratic refinement and Confucian and Christian restraint and taboo, the unbridled sexual scheming is played out to its tragic climax. Winner of the Golden Goblet at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Mi-suk Lee, Do-yeon Jeon
(2003)  (South Korea/Korean)  Director: Je-Yong Lee
MA  S  Drama  135 mins  *CC*


The Art of Dying
A normal group of friends one day found themselves involved in a fatal prank against Nacho, a teenage artist with an unpleasant personality and obsession with death. Four years later, a decisive clue is found about Nacho’s fate and the police reopen the case. At the prospect of being discovered, the group decide to remove the body from where they had originally buried it, but things go wrong. The past seems to be catching up with them with a vengeance and one after the other, the members of the group start to die in strange circumstances.

Fele Martínez, María Esteve
(2000)  (Spain/Spanish) Director: Álvaro Fernández Armero
MA  L,V,A Thriller  105 mins  Repeat


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