In a natural crisis scenario, the entire population of Azores is forced to evict due to an uncontrolled plague of hydrangeas, a common flower in these islands. Two young soldiers, bound to ... See full summary »
An embittered law student commits a brutal double murder; a family man takes the fall and is forced into a harsh prison sentence; a mother and her two children wander the countryside looking for some kind of redemption.
There are places you go, where the things you do will matter to a lot of people. Then there are places you will go, where the things you will do matter only to a very few. But to those few, they will matter - a lot.
Imbued Life is a film about a young woman's connection with the life force of nature. She uses her talent for taxidermy to "return" the animals to their natural habitat. However, the true ... See full summary »
In the late-1990s squalid town of Nalchik, a poor young Jewish couple is kidnapped and a grievous ransom is demanded, as bitter resentments and cruel dilemmas come to light, magnifying the small community's grave predicament.
Jean, a veteran actor trapped by his past, is installed in secret in an abandoned mansion in the South of France where Juliette, the great love of his life, used to lived long time ago. A ... See full summary »
Sam (Joe Swanberg) has feelings for Juliette (Josephine Decker), the lead actress in a sexually explicit drama centered on a couple's one night stand. He must maintain a professional ... See full summary »
From the moment the title credit appeared on the screen I had a feeling that "Nervous Translation" would be my kind of movie and I was right. This is a child's eye view of the world, full of all the simplicity and innocence of early childhood in which the adults are the interlopers, often shot in close-up.
Yael is a little girl living in the Philippines with her mother. Her father is away from home, working overseas, but he sends messages on tape which Yael plays over and over as if her father is teaching her a new language. Everything is seen from her perspective and Jana Agoncillo is extraordinary in the part, not acting at all but simply being the child in question.
There isn't a great deal of activity in the picture which might not come as much of a surprise when you learn that director Shireen Seno once worked with Lav Diaz, (though at ninety minutes this is Lav Diaz in miniature). The closest the film comes to 'a plot' is Yael's search for what she believes to be a magic pen but even this is treated in an almost inconsequential manner and leads nowhere. The real themes of Seno's lovely little film are loneliness and the power of words, written or heard at a distance. Remarkable really, in a film that is more often silent than not.
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