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Films In 1989

A black French farce in which naughty children try to conceal a corpse in various cumbersome ways. Inevitably the prospect of discovery leads to more complications until only one alternative presents itself.- (TC) ... Read more
Florence, who lives in the city, goes to spend the summer with her pen pal, Melanie, in the country. They befriend an old lady who everybody thinks is a witch. When the old lady's jewels and pet pig are stolen, the girls come to the rescue and the summer becomes suddenly full of action and ... Read more
The Coloured Pencils is an insight into a child's world. Annie, the main character, is an eight year old. ... Annie is poor, unlike the prissy, spiteful Wendy who displays her pristine set of 72 Derwent pencils with gay superiority. When Annie is pushed on to Wendy in the long grass, Wendy drops ... Read more
A dead man lies naked, sprawled across a bed. From somewhere there's the oppressive drone of a buzzing fly. A nearly naked woman flees the scene. Peggy Ahwesh's and Keith Sanborn's take on Georges Bataille's story The Deadman begins like an art-house pulp, an adults only Kiss Me Deadly, but it ... Read more
One of the most ambitious, monumental and remarkable achievements of filmmaking of the past decade is The Decalogue, Kryzstof Kieslowski's adaption of the Ten Commandments. The project arrives with numerous prestigious international awards, including the inaugural European Film Prize and the jury ... Read more
The Elephant Keeper is an exceptionally entertaining and dramatic feature film which is at once an environmental film about the dangers to Thailand's rainforests, an animal film which has all the magic of the best films about relations between humans and animals, and a film about the way in which ... Read more
The Elephant Keeper is an exceptionally entertaining and dramatic feature film which is at once an environmental film about the dangers to Thailand's rainforests, an animal film which has all the magic of the best films about relations between humans and animals, and a film about the way in which ... Read more
London, some years after the introduction of Thatcher's "poll tax" is the setting. The country's answer to poverty, homelessness and unemployment is a privatized social welfare scheme. The scheme operates by giving the rich a "tax deduction" if they take on one of the poor as a "follower". "A ... Read more
Set in the late 1950's, II Frutto Del Nostra Lavoro centers on the life of Lina - the daughter of Italian migrants who live in rural Victoria. ... Pressured into marrying a young Italian farmer, Lina leaves her family and escapes to the city. In Melbourne, Lina finds work in a clothing factory and ... Read more
These days Hong Kong movies are full of figures from the past transplanted into the present, causing mayhem at every turn. The most hyped product of the genre is The Terra Cotta Warrior, but The Iceman Cometh has twice the pace, twice the wit and much zappier action climaxes - and it's a lot sexier ... Read more
Josh, an adopted child, finds family life somewhat lacking and attempts to find solace in books and his hideaway treehouse. His brother bullies him and finally, when he can't stand it any longer, he commits the ultimate revenge! ... The Josh Shelter is a film about sibling rivalry, an experience ... Read more
THE KILLER is a prime example of the type of filmmaking at which the Hong Kong film industry is most adept. With clear nods at the gamut of film genres from the thriller to the melodrama, writer and director John Woo has distilled a veritable pot-pourri of themes, styles and forms culled from a ... Read more
A compelling re-enactment of the still disputed real-life case of a Sydney Greek boy in the outer suburbs who was fatally shot by a local probationary police officer. ... Read more
A couple attempts to deal with an invasion of mysterious little things in their garden. ... "Incorporating a kind of surreal treatment of both the visual and thematic material in my film, I blend humour with pathos to create stories which unfold in an unconvntional manner." - Melanie El-Mir ... Read more
Powerful films fall into two distinct categories. There is the "all sound and fury" variety intent on pummeling the viewer on the head with "significance". Then there is the other type that forgoes the emotional fireworks in favour of a subtler approach - gently almost imperceptively, building to a ... Read more
A Tati-esque study of a new office block, populated by three security guards, two business persons and the maintenance man Another from the BFl's 'New Directors' programme. ... Read more
An elderly shiatsu master gives a young woman a massage. A massage so effective it seems to take over the city. ... A new short film from the director of The Crazy Family (MFF '85). ... Read more
Humiliation and torment constitute the basic conditions of Iris's life. She is exploited at the factory, where she endures the drudgery of the production line, at home, where her parents hog her salary and the meat chunks from her soup, and then in a dancehall, where she meets a man who takes her ... Read more
Something's been done to the signs along the passageways of the Parisian Metro and three million passengers get lost within the confusing network of corridors, that constitute this twentieth century labyrinth. Through stylized movement and music (courtesy of rock star Suzanne Vega and Betty Blue's ... Read more
ALTHOUGH IT WAS SHOT in 1969, The Plot Against Harry was publicly premiered at last year's New York Film Festival, from where it has gone on to become one of the greatest 'discoveries' of the past decade or two ... The film is a satiric comedy set in a frantic Jewish milieu to which Harry, a ... Read more
... ... A low-key drama about a disturbed young man whose reality shifts between the present and the past — specifically the worlds of the great Russian writers Gogol and Dostoyevsky and the deserted streets of Berlin by night, the 'prisoner' of St Petersburg is jack (Noah Taylor) who arrives ... Read more
A touching look at a one-parent family and a trip on Sydney's monorail thrown in. ... Read more
Art, life, myth and landscape are skillfully blended in this fine film portrait of Aboriginal artist Jimmy Pike. Using a journey as narrative device and metaphor, the film takes us into the West Australian desert and offers a glimpse of the natural and spiritual world from which Pike draws his ... Read more
The filmmaker describes this as "five cryptic vignettes influenced by community service announcements and educational shorts. Neo-moral interludes for the impatiently nostalgic generation". ... Great to look at and lightly irreverent. More than a touch of Jane Campion's influence here. - (HK) ... Read more
Give twelve minutes of your time to Ted Wilson the extravagantly coiffured, fashionably pallid bohemian beat poet and public television crusader. Take a roller-coaster ride through the junkyard of his modem conciousness ... Ted's life as prime-time poetry. This is it. Here and now Fitzroy! ... Read more
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