La Ciénaga (2001)

LUCRECIA MARTEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. Argentina/France/Spain/Japan, 2001. 4k Films, Wanda Visión S.A., Cuatro Cabezas, TS Productions.  Screenplay by Lucrecia Martel.  Cinematography by Hugo Colace.  Produced by Lita Stantic.  Production Design by Graciela Oderigo.  Film Editing by Santiago Ricci.  Toronto International Film Festival 2001.  The sultry air of summer thickens the atmosphere from…

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Address Unknown (2001)

KI-DUK KIM Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   Original title:  Suchwiin bulmyeong South Korea, 2001.  Kim Ki-Duk Film, LJ Film, Prime Entertainment.  Screenplay by Ki-duk Kim.  Cinematography by Jeong-min Seo.  Produced by Seung-jae Lee.  Music by Ho-jun Park.  Production Design by Ki-duk Kim.  Film Editing by Sung-Won Hahm.  Toronto International Film Festival 2001. Denizens of a barren rural landscape live in a holding pattern…

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Trouble Every Day (2001)

CLAIRE DENIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   France/Germany/Japan, 2001.  Arte France Cinema, ARTE, Canal+, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Dacia Films, Kinetique, Messaouda Films, Rézo Films, Rezo Productions, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau.  Cinematography by Agnes Godard.  Produced by Georges Benayoun, Philippe Liegeois, Jean-Michel Rey.  Music by Tindersticks.  Production Design by Arnaud de Moleron.  Costume Design by…

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Millennium Mambo (2001)

HSIAO-HSIEN HOU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Qian Xi Man Po Taiwan/France, 2001.  3H Productions, Orly Films, Paradis Films, Sinomovie.  Screenplay by T’ien-wen Chu.  Cinematography by Ping Bin Lee.  Produced by T’ien-wen Chu, Eric Heumann.  Music by Yoshihiro Hanno, Kai-yu Huang, Giong Lim.  Production Design by Wen-Ying Huang, Chih-cheng Wang.  Film Editing by Ching-Song Liao.  Cannes Film Festival 2001.  Toronto International Film…

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Life As A House (2001)

IRWIN WINKLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2001.  Winkler Films.  Screenplay by Mark Andrus.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Rob Cowan, Irwin Winkler.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by J. Dennis Washington.  Costume Design by Molly Maginnis.  Film Editing by Julie Monroe.  Golden Globe Awards 2001.  National Board of Review Awards 2001.  Toronto International Film Festival 2001.   Respectable ensemble drama centering around a dying man…

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Zus & Zo (2001)

PAULA VAN DER OEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  The Netherlands, 2001.  Filmprodukties de Luwte.  Screenplay by Paula van der Oest.  Cinematography by Bert Pot.  Produced by Jacqueline de Goeij.  Music by Fons Merkies. Production Design by Harry Ammerlaan.  Costume Design by Mariella Kallenberg.  Film Editing by Sander Vos.  Academy Awards 2002.  Toronto International Film Festival 2001.   Amusing comedy from the Netherlands about three very different sisters…

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What Time Is It There? (2001)

TSAI MING-LIANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Ni Na Bian Ji dian Taiwan/France, 2001.  Arena Films, Homegreen Films.  Screenplay by Tsai Ming-liang, Pi-ying Yang.  Cinematography by Benoit Delhomme.  Produced by Laurence Picollec.  Production Design by Tim Yip.  Film Editing by Sheng-Chang Chen.  Cannes Film Festival 2001.  Toronto International Film Festival 2001.   Tsai Ming-Liang continues to explore the individual isolation of characters, and continues to do…

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The Safety Of Objects (2001)

ROSE TROCHE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2001.  Renaissance Films, Vulcan Productions, Infilm, Killer Films, Ontario Film Development Corporation.  Screenplay by Rose Troche, based on the stories by A.M. Homes.  Cinematography by Enrique Chediak.  Produced by Dorothy Berwin, Christine Vachon.  Music by Barb Morrison, Charles Nieland, Nance Nieland.  Production Design by Andrea Stanley.  Costume Design by Laura Jean Shannon.  Film Editing by Geraldine…

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The Business Of Strangers (2001)

PATRICK STETTNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2001.  Headquarters, i5 Films.  Screenplay by Patrick Stettner.  Cinematography by Teodoro Maniaci.  Produced by Robert H. Nathan, Susan A. Stover.  Music by Alex Lasarenko.  Production Design by Dina Goldman.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone, Dawn Weisberg.  Film Editing by Keiko Deguchi.  Toronto International Film Festival 2001. This excellent film is the cinematic equivalent of Madonna’s hit song “What…

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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)

JILL SPRECHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2001.  Stonelock Pictures, Single Cell Pictures, double A Films, Conversation Productions Inc., Echo Lake Entertainment, Entitled Entertainment.  Screenplay by Karen Sprecher, Jill Sprecher.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Beni Atoori, Gina Resnick.  Music by Alex Wurman.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Boston Film Critics…

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Italian For Beginners (2000)

LONE SCHERFIG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Italiensk For Begyndere Denmark/Sweden, 2000.  Danmarks Radio, Det Danske Filminstitut, Zentropa Entertainments.  Screenplay by Lone Scherfig.  Cinematography by Jorgen Johansson.  Produced by Ib Tardini.  Production Design by Jette Lehmann.  Costume Design by Malin Birch-Jensen.  Film Editing by Gerd Tjur. Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2002.   Toronto International Film Festival 2001. Irresistible romantic comedy made under the…

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Secret Ballot

BABAK PAYAMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Raye Makhfi Italy/Canada/Switzerland/Iran, 2001.  Payam Films, Fabrica, Sharmshir, Rai Cinema, Fondazione MonteCinemaVerità Locarno, Hubert Bals Fund. Screenplay by Babak Payami.  Cinematography by Farzad Jadat.  Produced by Marco Meuller, Babak Payami.  Music by Michael Galasso.  Production Design by Mandana Masoudi.  Costume Design by Faride Haraji.  Film Editing by Babak Karimi.  Toronto International Film Festival 2001.   Slyly…

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