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Screen Two: Life After Life (1995)
Leo Doyle (Lorcan Cranitch), a convicted IRA murderer, is released after 14 years in prison on a scheme to rehabilitate former terrorists. When he returns to his hometown, he soon realizes that everything has changed after the ceasefire. He's no longer the 17 year old hero that everybody admired, now he's seen as a terrorist who brought nothing more than suffering and disgrace to his own country. Relationships with his family are difficult and reach a boiling point when they find out he has rekindled his affair with his former fiancée, Roisin (Michelle Fairley), now married with three children. I remember watching "Life After Life" a long time ago, in a cable movie channel. I've always considered it a great film, not only for the superb performances and direction, but the story about losing ideals and also identity.
White Nights (1985)
Dance, Love and Freedom
Nikolai Rodchenko (Mikhail Baryshnikov, one of the best ballet dancers) is a famous ballet dancer who tours around the world with his company. While traveling to Japan for a presentation, the plane crashes down and they are forced to land on the USSR. Nikolai had defected the Soviet Union 8 years ago, so he is captured by the KGB. The Soviets want him back to the Kirov Ballet... but all he wishes is to scape.
When I first saw this movie, I was 12 years old and I enjoyed it very much. Filmed in the USSR during the Cold War, this movie has a good story, script, direction and the performances are superb.
Most of all, the dance sequences were Nikolai and his fellow American dance partner Raymond Greenwood (Gregory Hines, another talented dancer) are rehearsing. Also, the most impressive scene is when Nikolai dances in the Kirov Theatre, in front of his ex-girlfriend Galina Ivanona (Helen Mirren, in yet another great performance).
If you enjoy watching dance movies, or looking for a good drama story, get "White Nights".
You won't regret it :)