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Films In 1988

The story of Daniel Desire, a clerk in a factory in the port town of Seyne-Sur-Mere. Married, with a young child, Daniel Desire' lives a simple, honest life and is liked by his fellow-workers. ... Then one day, Daniel Desire leams that he has only two years to live .. . Things change. ... Adapted ... Read more
A stylish frothy 'light read' of a film, La Lectrice recounts the adventures of a young woman who rents her services as a professional reader to to bourgeois clients ill-disposed to doing their own page-turning. Miou-Miou is the engaging heroine, a young woman who enjoys reading, has an attractive ... Read more
Two children, a girl and boy, wander the high­ways of northern Greece, searching for the father who has abandoned them, trying to reach a Greco-Germanic border that doesn't even exist. The viewer soon discovers that there is no such father, that their journey is, as the director has pointed ... Read more
Everyone asks me why I made a film about Chet Baker. Why a film about about 'love and fascination' and jazz? It all started many years ago when I first meet Nan. After one bottle of wine during our first dinner together we started talking about how much we loved jazz. We discovered that our ... Read more
The tape examines the relation between power and love. Power is a substitute for love, or love is feigned when a subject feels that she has lost power. Conversely, powerlessness is a strategy for attracting love (in so far as love is defined as having control over another). ... In Let's Play ... Read more
Ma runs a hamburger stall outside Melbourne's Flinders Street Station. Life at Ma's uses cinema verite with a personal touch from the filmmaker to depict one night at the hamburger stall. ... The camera situates itself with Ma looking out upon the passing customers who line up for both food and ... Read more
Dario, a psychologist working in the public health system, lives an uneventful day-to-day routine comprising his work, his fiancee, his future inlaws. ... One day he meets Mario, his one-time high-school mate. They celebrate their meeting in a bar, but just as they are having a drink Mario suddenly ... Read more
Why do people live where they do? Do they have a choice in the way they live? What does 'home' mean? Living Room is not about the politics of housing, hut reveals unique cultural aspects. ... David Caesar continues on from last year's award winning Shoppingtown, taking Jean Rouch to Sydney's ... Read more
In the fine Australian tradition of Love Letters From Teralba Road and Backroads, Lover Boy is a powerful short-feature that runs not a second too long or too little. By any standards this is an impressive debut for another Swinburne graduate, Geoff Wright. At sixty minutes in length it is ... Read more
The shifting base of power between two working girls and their clients are scrutinised. A parlour piece really, combining pointed dialogue with a remarkable theatricality. ... Read more
He wants to make a baby. She isn't very interested in the idea. He decides to go ahead on his own, and unleashes some of his baby-making potential. - (JS) ... Read more
Theatre and stage director/writer Thomas Mogonane has gathered a cast of experienced black television and stage actors for Mapantsula and probably the films greatest strength lies in its ability to depict the whole range of black lives in a manner we've never been privy to before; ... 'Panic' is a ... Read more
Sort of green and hot and sticky with plenty of bush tucker. Two white fellas end up amongst the tropical languidity of Melville Island. They learn, as Momma Blanche says "You mob got no dirty, filthy, stinking, rotten manners" ... Read more
4.05 am. Outside Johnnie's Coffee I Shop on Los Angeles' Miracle Mile a public phone rings. When Harry lifts the receiver he is about to trigger the beginning of the end. Of the world. ... This seemingly unlikely premise opens Steve Dejarnatt's delirious action-thriller-comedy-drama-romance. In the ... Read more
Mock Gravity is a physics theory that describes how two objects that are in each other's shadow are attracted to each other. ... This experimental film represents the force of attraction between painter and actress. Mock Gravity combines photographic representation with experimental techniques of ... Read more
IN HIS FIRST FEATURE-LENGTH FILM, director Claude Mourieras deliberately eschews two of the cardinal tendencies of contemporary mainstream filmmaking. He shot this lyrical film, based on the choreography of Pandora by Jean-Claude Gallotta about a young boy's initiation to adulthood, in black and ... Read more
... ... Made on a shoestring — and a very small shoestring at that, the . $15,000 budget recommended by Rick Schmidt in his book 'Feature Film making at Used Car Prices' — Morgan's Cake is a deadpan, unpretentious delight. The title character, ptayed by the filmmaker's son, Morgan, is ... Read more
The biography of Alan Bond is told by three of his admirers. Stars: Greg Fleet, Anthony Morgan ... Read more
Nine year old Liesje lives with her mother and writes letters to her father, who she believes lives in Rio de Janeiro, but who is actually in prison. Liesje wants to visit him in Rio and she saves up all her pocket money, selling valuable stamps from an album her grandfather gave her before he ... Read more
'... there is women motorcycle riders, but no such thing as woman bikers' - A male biker ... Shot in black and white, and with almost no indicators of the 80s, this film allows you to slowly slip into a time warp. The bikers are firmly fixed by their clothes, music and bikes in the sixties. ... The ... Read more
... ... Bertolt Brecht arrived in Los Angeles on 21 July, 1941, with his wife, 16-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter. The little-known story of his brief time in exile in the USA is documented in this insightful and unglamourised account. ... ... ... Quickly slipping into the circle of exiled ... Read more
Written and directed by the festival's longstanding Asian Cinema consultant, Tony Rayns, this is a comprehensive overview of the truly cultural revolution which is taking place in the Chinese cinema of the Eighties as new generations of film school graduates, immune to the strictures of traditional ... Read more
Based on the novel by the late I Bruce Chatwin, On The Black Hill is a chronicle-like portrait of rural life in the Welsh border country. Set against the major events of the 20th century, the film is a moving saga of four generations of a country family. At the film's centre is the relationship ... Read more
At her cousin's birthday party, 20 year old Cathy (Alice Gamer) meets Mr Wright (David Swann), the teacher on whom she had a schoolgirl crush at age 13. Seven years older but not yet wiser, Cathy is in a position to realise her girlhood fantasy. But what will she now make of him? And he of her? ... Read more
A film with a healthy irreverance for images of women and images of being black. Two actresses constantly change persona, humorously exploring questions about self-worth. They, along with a chorus of women and a jazz and rap sound-track, take us through the art of personal testament and the rituals ... Read more
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