In Kaliningrad two Lithuanian boys meet two Russian girls. They have difficulties in finding places where they can sleep together. But this is the only problem they do solve. All four ... See full summary »
Louis Trebor, a man nearing 70, lives alone with dogs in the forest near the French-Swiss border. He has heart problems, seeks a transplant, and then goes in search of a son sired years ... See full summary »
(Russian with English subtitles) Inna is a typical 30-something yuppy, who also happens to be a single mother. One day discovering that she has an Incurable illness, Inna sets on finding the right adoptive parents for her son.
In 1997, for it's fiftieth anniversary, the Cannes Film Festival asked Leos Carax for a short film, a kind of postcard addressed to the festival, in which the director would give news of himself and of his film project "Pola X".
Greedy locals are trying to turn some beach property into a tourist attraction, and a computer expert sets out to use is knowledge of computers--along with the help of several local "beach bunnies"--to stop them.
A 8-year-old boy is travelling with his mother towards his grandfather, but their journey is stopped when the young woman dies of typhus in an unknown town, just as poor and in ruins as any... See full summary »
The sun blazes down from the sky with destructive power; exposing oneself to its light means death. People have transposed everyday existence to the night. In the metropolis of HALF WORLD a... See full summary »
Very worthwhile, even profound, but may require a second viewing
A young scientist comes to a research institute as an intern and is given charge of a department investigating an area of particular interest to him. Associated with each of us a force field has been discovered, and instrumentation has been set up to measure its strength. It is not clear what this field represents, nor is clear the significance of its strength, which varies with the experimental subject. The intern has nonetheless computed a theoretical maximum value of 977, and despite frustrations is undeterred in his investigation, in contrast to the institute director and others, who have varied character and motivations. Certain events take place indicating to us characteristics of this force, both universal and profound as well as an elusiveness. An avid art-house enthusiast may recognize Ekaterina Golubeva, actress and collaborator (co-wrote A Casa) in films by Lithuanian film director Sharunas Bartas, noted for a certain opaqueness, but the director here is not harsh on the viewer. A second viewing revealed what escaped me the first time. It became obvious what the film is about (I won't spoil it but your first guess is probably correct) and where closure is not intended. The lack of closure is part of the genius of this film. I may add that a commercial release has subtitles in both Russian and English, and English subtitles are available separately. I may also add that French film director Leos Carax (Pola X with lead actress Ekaterina Golubeva) has a small part in 977.
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