Faithless (Trolösa) (2000)

LIV ULLMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Sweden/Italy/Germany/Finland/Norway, 2000.  Classic, Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond, Norsk Rikskringkasting, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Rai Cinema, SVT Drama, Svensk Filmindustri, Svenska Filminstitutet, Yleisradio, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Jörgen Persson.  Produced by Kaj Larsen, Johan Mardell.  Production Design by Göran Wassberg.  Costume Design by Inger Pehrsson.  Film Editing by Sylvia Ingemarsson.  Cannes Film Festival 2000.  Toronto International Film Festival…

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Bread And Roses (2000)

KEN LOACH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom/France/Germany/Spain/Italy/Switzerland, 2000.  Parallax Pictures, Alta Films, Alta Produccion, ARTE, BIM Distribuzione, Bac Films, British Screen Productions, British Sky Broadcasting, Cinart, Degeto Film, FilmFour, Filmcoopi Zürich, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, La Sept-Arte, , Road Movies Filmproduktion, Tornasol Films, Westdeutscher Rundfunk.  Screenplay by Paul Laverty.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Rebecca O’Brien.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Martin Johnson.  Costume Design…

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The Gleaners and I (Les glaneurs et la glaneuse) (2000)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  France, 2000.  Ciné Tamaris.  Screenplay by Agnès Varda.  Cinematography by Didier Doussin, Stephane Krausz, Didier Rouget, Pascal Sautelet, Agnès Varda.  Music by Joanna Bruzdowicz, Isabelle Olivier.  Film Editing by Jean-Baptiste Morin, Laurent Pineau, Agnès Varda.  Cannes Film Festival 2000.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.   Agnes Varda looks up gleaners in the dictionary and finds a…

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Bamboozled (2000)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2000.  New Line Cinema, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.  Screenplay by Spike Lee.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Jon Kilik, Spike Lee.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Samuel D. Pollard.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.   A television producer with lofty ideals (Damon…

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Esther Kahn

BB.5 (out of 5) The title character is one of five children of a poor Jewish family in London, an absent-minded girl who is transfixed by what she sees on the stage when she and her siblings go to the theatre and watch from up in “the gods”. After winning a small part as a maid…

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La Fausse Suivante

BB.5 (out of 5) Benoit Jacquot adapts Marivaux’s early eighteenth-century play to film but with its theatrical origins firmly on display. Performed in costume in an empty theatre, it stars Sandrine Kiberlain as a young woman who is promised to caddish Mathieu Amalric, who has already joined himself in a promise to a wealthy countess…

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Come Undone (Presque Rien)

BBB (out of 5) Jérémie Elkaïm is on vacation in the French countryside with his sister at their summer home while upstairs their mother is being looked after by her sister, incapacitated by what appears to be serious depression.  Elkaim makes eyes with handsome Stéphane Rideau at the beach and the two are quickly in love,…

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Common Wealth (La Comunidad)

BBBB (out of 5) Deliciously droll horror comedy starring an outstanding Carmen Maura as a real estate agent who is trying to rent out a swanky furnished apartment in a grossly run-down building. Without any prospective renters biting, she takes up temporary residence in the place herself, giving her and her economically humbled husband somewhere nice…

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Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors (Oh! Soo-jung) (2000)

SANG-SOO HONG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  South Korea, 2000.  Mirashin Korea.  Screenplay by Sang-soo Hong.  Cinematography by Yeong-taek Choi.  Produced by Byoung-ju Ahn, In-gi Choi.  Music by Kil-sung Ok.  Production Design by Seok-Jae Choi.  Costume Design by Ji-hyang Kang, Yoo-seon Kim.  Film Editing by Sung-Won Hahm.  Cannes Film Festival 2000.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000. The delicate nature of erotic human contact is the center…

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Possible Worlds

BB (out of 5) A surprising misfire from Robert Lepage, here adapting someone else’s theatrical piece in place of his own.  Tom McCamus plays a man who lives two lives, both of which involve a love affair with Tilda Swinton that is jaded in one story and passionate in the other.  At the same time there is…

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Juliet In Love (Jue Lai Yip Yue Leung Saan Ang)

BBB (out of 5) Touching comedy-drama about a Hong Kong gambler who really steps into it when he messes with the wrong gangster and ends up owing him a vast sum of money. Circumstances change when the gangster is almost fatally shot, and soon the gambler is being requested to care for his enemy’s little…

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Remember The Titans

BBBB (out of 5) What do you get when you mix manipulative comedy-drama that plays its historical backdrop of racial intolerance in 1970s Virginia too broadly, with the slam-bang ridiculous action style of movies from the producing efforts of Jerry Bruckheimer? Not to mention an anti-airtight script that wanders around looking for a backbone? Thoroughly…

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