Earth

BBBB (out of 5) Beautifully shot romance set against the political backdrop of India on the brink of partition:  the British Empire is about to withdraw its control over the nation and talk is rife of defining a border to create what would eventually become present-day Pakistan. In Lahore, tensions among Sikh, Muslim and Hindu … More Earth

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Flowers Of Shanghai (Hai shang Hua)

BBB (out of 5) Four brothels in late nineteenth-century Shanghai are the settings for Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s sumptuous drama, with images that stay primarily within the confines of each home and contribute to an increasingly stifling, opium smoke-tinged atmosphere.  Tony Chiu Wai Leung is one of the major patrons of a courtesan who begins to worry for … More Flowers Of Shanghai (Hai shang Hua)

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The Power of Kangwon Province (Kangwon-do ui Him) (1998)

SANG-SOO HONG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  South Korea, 1998.  Miracin Korea Film Company.  Screenplay by Sang-soo Hong.  Cinematography by Yeong-cheol Kim.  Film Editing by Sung-Won Hahm. A young woman goes on vacation with two girlfriends to the region named in the title, hoping to forget an ill-advised love affair with a professor.  While there she strikes up a relationship … More The Power of Kangwon Province (Kangwon-do ui Him) (1998)

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The Dreamlife Of Angels (La Vie Revee Des Anges)

BBBB (out of 5) Two very different women, one optimistic and carefree (Élodie Bouchez), the other self-loathing and pessimistic (Natacha Régnier), share a flat that they are house-sitting. The more positive-thinking lass needs to get herself a job and will do anything to get one (watching her audition for a bar by singing Madonna being … More The Dreamlife Of Angels (La Vie Revee Des Anges)

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Hope Floats

BBB (out of 5) Nice little drama about a Texan beauty queen (Sandra Bullock) who returns home to her mother after her best friend (Rosanne Arquette) reveals on a talk show that she’s been having an affair with Bullock’s husband. Now she has to rebuild her life from scratch and raise her daughter (Mae Whitman) … More Hope Floats

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