Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
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In the garden of a pension, Eva and her husband Josef are enjoying a siesta. Here, they meet with the lonesome, mysterious-looking Robert. During play, a key falls out of Robert's pocket. The curious Eva picks it up and sets off on an expedition. In Robert's room, she finds a briefcase soiled with mud, which Robert had forgotten by her parsley patch before, and in it, a date-stamp. Soon afterwards, she learns that another victim of an unknown murderer of women has been found, with a number and date stamped on her forehead. Eva concludes that the murderer must be Robert. Written by
OK, Věra Chytilová's "Ovoce stromů rajských jíme" ("Fruit of Paradise" in English) is one of the single WEIRDEST movies that I've ever seen. I understand that it's based on the story of Adam and Eve and transposed to a health spa, but I swear that there was no identifiable plot. Maybe the director (a doyenne of the Czech New Wave) was trying to be philosophical, but I couldn't see that the movie was trying to say anything. As far as I could tell, it was a wasted effort.
Trivia: Barrandov Studios, where they filmed "Fruit of Paradise", was also the set of "Amadeus", "Mission: Impossible", "A Knight's Tale" and "Snowpiercer", among other movies.
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