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Running time: 88 mins
Streaming proj @ home on 13 Aug 2022
I had no recollection of having seen this before when it came out (I've updated the synopsis and other details which were missing) but it still retains its charm and gets the same rating 12 years later.
Running time: 128 mins
DVD proj @ home on 06 Aug 2022
Moments of slight comedy, although the humour is more in the situation. The unlikely relationship between Alana (25 or 28) and Gary (15) becomes believable through Cooper Hoffman's portrail of Gary as 15 going on 30.
Running time: 97 mins
DVD proj @ home on 30 Jul 2022
The centre of the story is the relationship between Nai Nai and Billi, which provides us with a way in to come to understand, as Billi does, some of the cultural differences between the individualistic american way and the Chinese social family. From being initially appalled at the lie that is being collectively perpetrated, Billi comes to accept and even embrace it.
The key scene is where she is with her father and uncle at their hotel in Changchun just before the wedding and they explain the difference between living in America and in China is that in America people believe their life belong to themselves, whereas in China people's lives are part of a whole, of a family, of society, and therefore it is the family's duty to carry the emotional burden of the cancer knowledge FOR Nai Nai.
The whole film is an illustration of this point, and it works really well.
Running time: 112 mins
DVD proj @ home on 09 Jul 2022
The character of the naif Eloise requires a bit of suspension of disbelief (not because of the acting which is fine), but if you can accept that, this is a well crafted and cleverly told horror-thriller. Neither very horrific, nor very thrilling, but an enjoyable ride through the stresses of both modern life for a young person in the city, and of the dark underside of the swinging sixties with it's deeply embedded sexist and mysoginistic attitudes.
A couple of good twists towards the end - the first to enable you to think "I knew that" and distract you from seeing the second until it is upon you.
All in all this is up there with the very best of the genre and thoroughly modern to boot.
Running time: 113 mins
DVD proj @ home on 04 Jul 2022
It was ok but not knowing the homophobic background in Georgia or really appreciating the formal nature of Georgian dance as an expression of a particular cultural background it didn't really resonate.
Several quite nice scenes - the tour of the underground Tibliski nightlife, the wedding party, using quite fluid camerawork and ensemble acting.
The stuff in the dance studio by contrast didn't work for me.