29 November 2009

A State of Mind UK, 2004 ☆☆☆☆

Eine aussergewöhnliche Geschichte von zwei Mädchen, die sich streng und ständig für die sogennante "Mass Games" vorbereiten in der nordkoreanischen Hauptstadt Pyongyang. Tausende von Kindern machen immer mit. Die Gymnastik Vorbereitung ist streng und hart, und kann Monate dauern. Die Show, die sich am Ende zeigen, ist sehr schön. In einem Land, wo das Individuum gar nicht zählt, sondern die Gruppenarbeit, sind diese massiven Spiele den besten Weg zum totalen Gehorsam. Schrecklich, aber wahr.

11 November 2009

Die Mauer, circa 2000

Maggie und ich in Berlin.
I Served the King of England Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále, Czech Republic, 2007 ☆☆☆☆

04 November 2009

Three Wise Men Kolme viisasta miestä, Finland, 2008 ☆☆☆

Set in Finland over a long Christmas Eve evening, the movie follows three losers as they get together for a round of carousing at the karaoke bar, which seems to be the only place that’s still open. Each of them has just suffered a great disappointment in their personal life, and each of them has reasons to dislike the others, but since misery loves company, they group together. The Christmas carols that waft across the soundtrack early on, point toward their eventual redemption. The only thing for the audience to do while waiting for it to arrive is to endure a series of poorly improvised speeches about the meaning of life and too many terrible renditions of Finnish pop songs. Soon the group swells, until it resembles a zany Nativity scene, and at that point the Christmas miracle arrives , universal reconciliation is achieved, and the audience is finally free to leave.
The Red Chapel Denmark, 2009 ☆☆☆

Disguised as a theatre troupe, an unscrupulous Danish journalist and two Korean-Danish comedians gain entry into North Korea and stage a provocative performance, revealing - in both funny and tragic ways - the brutal dictatorship's effects on its people.

01 November 2009

Les Diaboliques France, 1955 ☆☆☆☆
The Children UK, 2009 ☆☆☆☆