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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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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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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Dancer In The Dark

BBBB (out of 5) Lars Von Trier repeats his exact formula from his 1996 art house hit Breaking The Waves with one notable exception: this time the leading lady sings up a storm. Björk is phenomenal in her film debut as a young woman who is slowly going blind, working in a factory to save up…

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Cecil B. Demented

BB (out of 5) Pompous and tiring film by John Waters that attempts to glorify the independent film scene at the expense of mainstream Hollywood cinema. While some of Waters’ jokes are pretty funny (“Children Of Paradise The English Version!” one billboard proclaims), most of them tend to be too clever for their own good…

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Woman On Top

BBB.5 (out of 5) Whimsical romantic comedy that, even at its worst, is leagues ahead of director Fina Torres’ last faltering attempt at capturing the colourful culture of her native South America, Celestial Clockwork. Penelope Cruz couldn’t be more perfectly cast as Isabella, a Brazilian housewife so beautiful and charming that even the flowers in the…

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Saint-Cyr (The King’s Daughters)

BBB (out of 5) Louis XIV’s unofficial wife Madame de Maintenon (Isabelle Huppert) decides to head up a school for impoverished girls of noble birth that will offer a liberal education and create a new force of femininity that didn’t exist as an option in her day. It also serves as an opportunity to aid…

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The King Is Alive

BB (out of 5) Shakespeare comes easily to the desperate when a group of American tourists and their African driver are stranded after their bus breaks down in the middle of the Sahara desert. Left alone in a ghost village with no means of sustenance or communication, the group need to fend off the elements and…

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Nurse Betty

BBBB (out of 5) Renee Zellweger is brilliant as a young waitress married to a bum of a car dealer who witnesses hit men murdering her husband in her kitchen, and in a state of shock loses her grip on reality. Suddenly, the soap opera actor (Greg Kinnear) she has been enamoured with for so long…

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