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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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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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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Chasing Sleep

BB (out of 5) Jeff Daniels wakes up early in the morning to discover that his wife hasn’t come home since the night before. He phones the police, who try to keep him calm while he waits for hours inside his house for news of her whereabouts. Trouble is, he’s been taking sleeping pills that are…

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Maelstrom (2000)

DENIS VILLENEUVE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Canada, 2000.  Max Films Productions, Société de Développement des Entreprises Culturelles, Téléfilm Canada.  Screenplay by Denis Villeneuve.  Cinematography by Andre Turpin.  Produced by Roger Frappier, Luc Vandal.  Music by Pierre Desrochers.  Production Design by Sylvain Gingras.  Costume Design by Denis Sperdouklis.  Film Editing by Richard Comeau.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.   There’s not much you can say about a movie narrated…

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Calle 54

BBB (out of 5) The music in Fernando Trueba’s tribute to his favourite Latin jazz artists couldn’t be better, but without any personal statements or stories from any of the featured players it emerges only a mildly satisfying documentary that pales in comparison to the delightful Buena Vista Social Club.  However, critics of Wim Wenders’…

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Men Of Honor

BBBB (out of 5) Exceptionally well-made movie about Carl Brashear, the very first African-American Navy diver. Cuba Gooding Jr. gives a sturdy and unsentimental performance as the man who overcame personal and political obstacles, withstood the tests of many individuals who preferred to shut him out because of his race and endured many setbacks along…

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Better Than Sex

BB (out of 5) Dry Australian romantic comedy about a couple who start off as a one-night stand and end up soaked in romance. The whole film takes place in the girl’s apartment, watching them trying to go their separate ways after every bout of raunchy sex but constantly unable to part. The nudity and…

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Bread And Tulips (Pane E Tulipani)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Lovely Italian film about a bored housewife who rediscovers herself by accident. After being mistakenly abandoned at a rest stop while on vacation with her family, Rosalba (Licia Maglietta) takes advantage of the opportunity to not be taken for granted by her husband and two sons for a few days and…

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