Spring 1998 (1)

Career Girls

Jan. 15, Thursday - 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Jan. 16, Friday - 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM

After Mike Leigh won the Palme d'Or at Cannes and was nominated for five Oscars for "Secret &Lies" he embarked on a new comedy and hit on "Career Girls." It tells the story of Annie (Lynda Steadman) who hasn't seen her roommate Hanna (Katrin Cartlidge from Leigh's "Naked") for six years. The film alternates between showing how things were in the past versus the present, and along the way it examines the strength of shared memory and the place of the past in current lives. Hanna is tactless and aggressive. Annie is a twitching, grimacing neurotic with a terrible facial rash. Add Hannah's overweight basket case of a pal, Ricky (Mark Benton), to the mix and the result is a strange menagerie that flirts with a wide spectrum of emotions. Mike Leigh is well known for his unique approach to filmmaking, one wherein a close collaboration with the actors actually create characters from the ground up to form an inescapable and compelling sense of reality. With "Career Girls" that stamp of screen intimacy continues.

 Great Britain, 1997, Color, in English. 1 hr., 27 mins., 35mm.

Dekalog 1 & 2 (The Ten Commandments) -Boulder Theatrical Premiere!Jan. 17, Saturday - 7:00 and 9:15 PM
Jan. 18, Sunday - 3 PM matinee, 7:00 PM and 9:15 PM

1. "I am the Lord, thy God. Thou shalt have no other God but me." A masterpiece in miniature that explores one of humanity's most painful emotions. Krzysztof (Henryk Bara-nowski), a University teacher, lives with his young son Pawel (Wojchiech Klata), who becomes inquisitive about death and the soul after seeing a dog frozen to death by the winter cold. Given the absence of his mother (who may be dead or simply away), and the attitudes of an agnostic father who places his absolute faith in science, Pawel's queries are deferred to his Catholic aunt (Maja Komorowska). The chain of events that follows puts computers, empirical evidence and an analytical world-view on one side of the equation and faith in a divine will on the other. Cinematography: Wieslaw Zdort.

2. "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain." This Dekalog looks at the common preoccupation with the amount of power doctors have over life and death and the extent to which they are willing (or unwilling) to play God. An aging doctor (Aleksandr Bardini) in the apartment complex is approached by Dorota (Krystyna Janda), a neighboring woman whose car ran over his dog two years earlier. She seeks information about her husband, mortally ill in the hospital, with whom she has been unable to have children. The doctor's answers to her queries hold deep repercussions for the wife and the Doctor is hesitant to answer, especially when he finds out she is seeing another man. Cinematography by Edward Klosinski (who also shot "White").

Poland, 1988, Color, in Polish. 53 mins. + 57 mins = total runtime of 1 hr., 50 mins.

Fire -Boulder PremiereJan. 21, Wednesday - 7:00 PM only.
Jan. 22, Thursday - 9:00 PM only.

Jan. 23, Friday - 7:00 PM only.

Probing a social system in which woman have no rights, "Fire" examines the life of a New Delhi family with gentle strokes and sumptuous photography rather than angry polemics. A beautiful young woman, Sita (Nandita Das), marries Jatin (Jaaved Jaaferi) in an arranged marriage insisted upon by Jatin's brother, Ashok (Kulbushan Kharbanda), who himself can have no children because his wife, Radha (Shabana Azmi), is sterile. Given how their husbands treat the wives so poorly, like breeding stock or unpaid employees, it soon becomes inevitable for Sita and Radha to share their unhappiness and frustrations. Their bond slowly strengthens into one that extends past the experience of many Hindus, a point only strengthened by the fact that their language doesn't even have a word equivalent for Lesbianism. Writer-director Deepa Mehta (she also directed "Camilla") received death threats when "Fire" was screened at the International Film Festival of India by male audience members who somehow felt threatened by this sensitive examination of struggle and human desire.

India/Canada, 1996. Color, in English. 1 hr., 44 mins., 35mm.

Year of the Horse Neil Young and Crazy Horse Live -Boulder Theatrical Premiere!Jan. 21, Wednesday - 9:00 PM only.
Jan. 22, Thursday - 7:00 PM only.

Jan. 23, Friday - 9:00 PM only.

Jim Jarmusch has long been an art-house staple, cranking out such celebrated films as "Stranger Than Paradise," "Down by Law," and "Mystery Train." Now, in a relationship that may have been cemented by the use of Young's powerfully hypnotic and moody soundtrack to Jarmush's amazing and mind-bending western, "Dead Man," comes a straight-ahead, no-frills, raw documentary full of electrifying footage of performances and back-stage banter that cuts back and forth between tours along the US and Europe over a ten-year span. Think of it as a passionate home movie by a guy who loves Young and his three-man band, Crazy Horse. On one end of the camera, as its focus, is the evolution of a band as artists shaking down the tree of sound while, behind the camera, is an artist using his love of light, texture and shadow via Super 8, bleedy Hi8 video, and 16 mm to fuse Young's reputation as the grandfather of grunge to the visual equivalent of an old-fashioned vinyl record full of pops and scratches that rip through your speaker and kick you with a full range of soul and energy otherwise lacking from the clean, digital read of a sterile CD.

USA, 1997. Color/Black and White, in English. 1 hr., 46 mins., 35mm.

Dekalog 3 & 4 -A Boulder Theatrical Premiere!Jan. 24, Saturday - 7:00 and 9:15 PM
Jan. 25, Sunday - 3 PM matinee, 7:00 PM and 9:15 PM

3. "Honor the Sabbath Day." An eloquent examination of affairs of the heart and their consequences. On Christmas Eve, taxi driver Janusz (Daniel Olbrychski) is coaxed away from his wife and family by Ewa (Maria Pakulnis), a former mistress who beseeches him to help her locate her missing husband. As Janusz drives around Warsaw with this strange woman (in a car that has been reported stolen) familial connections are weighed against residual feelings of guilt and responsibility. Cinematography by Piotr Sobocinski (who won an Oscar nomination for cinematography on "Red").

4. "Honor thy Father and thy Mother." By tossing aside a pre-existing social barrier this Dekalog episode touches upon taboo and forbidden thoughts within the complex social structure of family love. Anka (Adriana Biedrzynska) is a 20 year-old theater student who discovers an envelope from her father (Janusz Gajos) marked "To be opened in the event of my death," along with a sealed letter to Anka written to her by her dead mother. Upon her father's return, Anka tells him that she has read the letter and learned that he is not her biological father, prompting both to reassess their feelings for one another. Persuasive while simultaneously avoiding any easy solutions, Dekalog 4 probes a thorny topic with unusual clarity and comprehension. Cinematography by Crzysztof Pakulski.

Poland, 1988, Color, in Polish with English subtitles. 56 mins. + 55 mins = total runtime of 1 hr., 51 mins.

M New 35mm print struck from a restored negative-A Boulder Theatrical Premiere!Jan. 28, Wednesday - 7:00 PM only.
Jan. 29, Thursday - 9:15 PM only.

An absorbing and terrifying tale of a child molester loose on the streets of a big city (based on the real psychopath Peter Kurten, who murdered nine people over a period of 15 years in and around Dusseldorf). "M" also shares the distinction of being Fritz Lang's (Metropolis) first sound film as well as featuring the breakout performance of Peter Lorre as the bug-eyed serial killer Hans Beckert. It also marks the most fully realized example of mature Expressionist filmmaking before Hitler's ascension to power promptly killed the thriving German film industry. Legend has it that the film was originally called "Murderer Among Us" but the title was shortened when key Nazi Party members complained because they thought it referred to them. Over the years "M" had sound effects added to silent sequences and lines of dialogue modified to reinforce the authority of the police. In returning "M" to the version Lang made, the Munich Film Archive has corrected those changes along with an addition of roughly seven minutes of previously deleted scenes. On an interesting side-note: Peter Kurten was identified by a surviving victim when he revisited the crime scene and the psychopath was beheaded the same year the film was released in 1931.

Germany, 1931. Black and white, in German with English subtitles. 1 hr., 51 mins., 35mm.

The End of Violence -A Boulder theatrical premiere!Jan. 28, Wednesday - 9:15 PM only.
Jan. 29, Thursday - 7:00 PM only.

Jan. 30, Friday - 7:00 and 9:15.

Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) has long been noted as a gifted filmmaker with an abundance of ideas who can fill his scenes with poetic urgency and importance. In part, this comes from his strong and unique ability to embrace and interact with an ideology - something most filmmakers shy away from in favor of the quick-fix to their financial bottom-line; easily consumed entertainment. How fitting, then, that Wenders should finally tackle the entertainment industry head-on and create a work that is being praised as his most accessible film to-date while simultaneously being criticized for still not delivering the kind of "polished" film that the masses crave from Hollywood and making a film about violence... without any violence (all of it occurs offscreen). The story hinges around a mysterious observer (Gabriel Byrne) who witnesses the violent abduction of a Hollywood producer (Bill Pullman) by paid thugs. The caper eventually involves those who are working on a top-secret citywide surveillance network to control crime and violence in Los Angeles. Cast highlights include Udo Kier as a European director-gone Hollywood, Andie MacDowell as a dissatisfied wife and the late, great Samuel Fuller as Gabriel Byrne's father.

USA, 1997. Color, in English. 2 hrs., 2 mins, 35mm.

Dekalog 5 & 6 -A Boulder Theatrical Premiere!Jan. 31, Saturday - 7:00 and 9:15 PM
Feb. 1, Sunday - 3 PM matinee, 7:00 PM and 9:15 PM

5. "Thou shalt not kill." Jacek (Miroslaw Baka) is a sulky and malicious teenager who stalks the streets of Warsaw in search of trouble. That same afternoon, Piotr (Krzysztof Globisz), a sensitive law student, decides to become a trial lawyer on the day of his final bar exams. Their destinies converge when Jacek is charged with murder. This was one of two Dekalog episodes that was later expanded into a theatrical feature titled "A Short Film About Killing." An unflinching look at two extremes in humanity with a focus on the death-penalty. Cinematography by Slavomir Idziak (the cinematographer on "The Double Life of Veronique" and, most recently, "Gattaca." He also co-wrote and shot "Blue.").

6. "Thou shalt not commit adultery." A young postal worker, Tomek (Olaf Lubaszenko), becomes infatuated with Magda (Grasznya Szapolowska), an attractive artist who lives in the opposite apartment block, after spying on her with a telescope. When she becomes aware of Tomek's actions Magda tries to demythisize herself - and love - in the virgin's eyes, leading to a tragic end. This was the second Dekalog episode to later be expanded into a theatrical feature titled "A short Film About Love." Cinematography by Witold Adamek.

Poland, 1988. Color, in Polish with English subtitles. 58 mins. + 59 mins. = 1 hr., 57 mins. total running time.

South Park -Film Studies Fund-raiserOne night only: Feb. 6, Friday - 7:00 PM and 9:15 PM
NOTE: $5.00 with C.U. ID / $7.00 General Admission

By now, the phenomenal success of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's "South Park" series is already the stuff of Hollywood legend. They've been covered in Time, Newsweek, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Village Voice and, recently, were featured on Jay Leno. South Park has replaced "The Simpsons" as the hip animated series to see. It is Comedy Central's hottest property and has single-handedly delivered the cable station its biggest ratings, breaking records for its Halloween episode and then later breaking that same record with its Thanksgiving episode. It has now generated the highest rating of any cable show, period, and the merchandising juggernaut is currently crunching in it's very own outrageous numbers. "South Park" also won a Cable Ace Award, beating out competition that included Spielberg. How fitting, then, that it all started right here, in Chem 140, during the Fall '92 4500 student screening with "The Spirit of Christmas" - a short that would then be altered slightly to become a bootlegged sensation among the Hollywood glitterati sparking fans with both the suits and the stars and giving birth to "South Park." For this fundraising event Comedy Central has kindly given us the right to show you commercial-free and uninterrupted "South Park" episodes, along with some other special surprises, to benefit the same Film Studies Program where Trey and Matt first got their chops in. Plus, along the way, you can give T.C.I. a nice kick-in-the-pants for dropping Comedy Central in our area. Postcards for a write-in campaign will be provided.

USA, 1997. Color, in English. 2 hrs., video.

Dekalog 7 & 8 -Boulder Theatrical PremiereFeb. 7, Saturday - 7:00 PM and 9:15 PM
Feb. 8, Sunday - 3 PM matinee, 7:00 PM and 9:15 PM

7. "Thou shalt not steal." Majka (Maja Barelkowska) abducts her six year-old blood-relation, Ania (Katarzyna Piwowarczyk), and takes her to a cottage where she surprises her former lover Wojtek (Boguslaw Linda). Add a possessive mother and several unacceptable conditions to the mix and you begin to see how Kieslowski likes to examine the human condition. Kieslowski himself has observed that The Dekalog is an inquiry into "What , in essence, is right and what is wrong? What is a lie and what is truth? What is honesty and what is dishonesty? And what should one's attitude to it be?" Cinematography by Dariusz Kuc.

8. "Thou shalt not bear false witness." At the University of Warsaw, ethics professor Zofia (Maria Koscialkowska) is introduced to Elsbieta (Teresa Marczewska), a New York-based translator of her books who has come to audit her classes. It soon becomes apparent that the two women have a personal connection that dates back to a withdrawn offer for protection during the War, leading to a confrontation between the present and the past within the context of what it truly means to be ethical. Cinematography by Andrzej Jaroszewicz.

Poland, 1988. Color, in Polish with English subtitles. 55 mins. + 54 mins. = 1 hr., 49 mins. total running time.

Capitaine Conan -A Boulder theatrical premiere!Feb. 12, Thursday - 7:00 and 9:30 PM
Feb. 13, Friday - 7:00 and 9:30 PM

An epic by Bertrand Tavernier ("Round Midnight") based on a semi-autobiographical novel published in 1934 by Roger Vercel. It spans the painful transition facing a hardened French troop from the end of World War I through their ongoing battles in the Balkans months after the Armistice. Conan (Philippe Torreton) is a fiercely independent leader of a guerrilla platoon of Frenchmen with an open disregard for his superiors. This attitude soon puts Conan and his men under the scrutiny of a tribunal led by Lt. Norbert (Samuel Le Bihan), an aristocrat who originally gained Conan's respect by joining the infantry before working his way up. "Capitaine Conan" is a unique film that tackles the rarely acknowledged and undeclared war in the Balkans, during which about 100,000 Frenchmen fought the Turks, Bulgars, Serbs, and Greeks for a full year after the Armistice was signed. Box Office magazine refers to "Capitaine Conan" as "an epic tour-de-force (that) hits with such intelligence, dramatic skill and brute cinematic force that it literally leaves moviegoers stunned as the lights come back up... reducing Hollywood claptrap like 'G.I. Jane' to the level of a Three Stooges short." Winner of the Cesar Award for Best Director and Best Actor.

France, 1996. Color, in French with English subtitles. 2 hrs., 9 mins., 35mm.

Dekalog 9 & 10 -A Boulder theatrical premiere!Feb. 14, Friday - 7:00 PM and 9:15 PM
Feb. 15, Saturday - 3:00 PM matinee, 7:00 PM and 9:15 PM

9. "Thou shalt not covet they neighbor's wife." Roman (Piotr Machalica) is a heart surgeon who is notified by his own doctor that one of his worst fears has become a reality; he can never have sexual intercourse again. The details as to his condition are ultimately unimportant for, again, what Kieslowski is interested in is how normal people facing complex situations make hard choices. In this case, the hard choices also involve Roman's wife Hanka (Ewa Blasczyk) who is obviously distraught with her husband's condition. The ties between "Dekalog 9" and "Red" are so conspicuous that composer Zbigniew Preisner included two tracks of the "Van Den Budenmayer" aria from "Dekalog 9" on his soundtrack album of "Red." Cinematography by Piotr Sobucinski (who also did Dekalog 3 - the only one to be used twice for the series.)

10. "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods." In this uniquely comic episode, a reclusive stamp enthusiast dies, leaving his priceless collection to his two sons - Artur (Zbigniew Zamachowski), a singer with the punk band City Death, and the more conservative Jerzy (Jerzy Stuhr). The two brothers (who also play brothers in "White," another film that offers a comedic look at materialism and despair) go from one extreme to another, slowly turning into obsessive paranoiacs. Dekalog 10 is the only episode for which a nameless young man whose inexplicable and recurring presence at pivotal scenes during the series was not filmed (whereas the filmed scene for Dekalog 7 was purposefully cut out). The unacknowledged stranger added a spiritual weight to the Dekalog series but Kieslowski decided that this last episode, being comic in nature, didn't require the intervention of such a weighty symbol. Cinematography by Jacek Blawut.

Poland, 1988. Color, in Polish with English subtitles. 58 mins. + 57 mins. = 1 hr., 55 mins. total running time.

Designated Mourner -A Boulder theatrical premiere!Feb. 20, Friday - 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM.

Strip Fahrenheit 451 down to its conceptual core and get ready to really contemplate what it means to keep the written word of the brightest minds of a foregone time alive. In this adaptation of a play by Wallace Shawn (My Dinner with Andre) Miranda Richardson stars as the daughter of an intellectual (David de Keyser). They live in an unspecified country where a totalitarian regime sweeps away dangerous people who think too much, and that leaves Jack (played by the same Mike Nichols who directed "The Graduate" and "Catch-22") as the designated mourner of highbrow culture. Is it important to understand the poems of John Donne? To be conscious of choices? To engage in meditations on what it means to live and die? "Designated Mourner" presents an austere and challenging forum in which to probe the importance of intellectual life as a valuable achievement in-and-of-itself.

United Kingdom, 1997. Color, in English. 1 hr., 34 mins., 35mm.

Deep Crimson (Profundo carmesi) -A Boulder theatrical premiere!Feb. 21, Saturday - 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Feb. 22, Sunday - 3:00 PM matinee, 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM

Prepare to engage yourself in a dark tango of crazed desires and half-crazed lust. Arturo Ripstein, Mexico's most accomplished director, has been involved with the film industry since childhood. In the early 60's he appeared in supporting roles in a number of films and was Luis Bunuel's assistant director for "El angel exterminador" (1962). He made his directorial debut at age 21 with an adaptation of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez script ("Tiempo de morir"). In this, his latest film, he transposes the true story of the Lonely Hearts Killers (which inspired the 1970 cult hit "The Honeymoon Killers") to 1940's Mexico, where a fading gigolo and the obese nurse who adores him ruthlessly prey upon a succession of vulnerable widows. J. Hoberman notes that " 'Deep Crimson' is something rarer than an alienated saga of mad love or an accomplished black comedy - this is a convincing movie about evil, with vanity and greed the deadliest of sins...At once svelte and savage, 'Deep Crimson' inspires a certain awe. It pities its monsters and dares us to feel for them." Winner of several awards at the 1996 Venice Film Festival it also won an honorable mention at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.

Mexico, 1996. Color, in Spanish with English subtitles. 1 hr., 50 mins., 35mm.

Eye of God -A Boulder theatrical premiere.Feb. 25, Wednesday - 7:00 PM only.
Feb. 26, Thursday - 9:00 PM only.

Feb. 27, Friday - 7:00 PM only.

An elegantly told tale of murder in a fading Bible Belt community with powerful performances by Martha Plimpton (Brazil), Kevin Anderson (Orpheus Descending) and Hal Holbrook (Wall Street). On the surface, the story traces how the lives of two locals intersect when an idealistic woman desperately tries to begin a new life with an ex-con while, separately, the local sheriff interrogates a traumatized 14-year-old who has been found mysteriously covered in blood. But, as the title alone implies, what is also being examined here is how religious beliefs can be suited to a whole myriad of subjective views with arbitrary moments of self-righteousness and varying levels of voluntary (or forced) blindness. Beyond the strong performances and imaginative editing there is a disturbing but heart-felt story that goes toward an intelligent terrain somewhere between "In Cold Blood" and a region mapped out by Sam Shepard. More than just a simple small town psychodrama, "Eye of God" was also one of the best dramatic features to grace the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.

USA, 1997. Color, in English. 1 hr., 24 mins., 35mm.

Contempt (Le Mepris) Restored Print-A Boulder theatrical premiere!Feb. 25, Wednesday - 9:00 PM only.
Feb. 26, Thursday - 7:00 PM only.

Feb. 27, Friday - 9:00 PM only.

Martin Scorsese refers to "Contempt" as "Brilliant, romantic and genuinely tragic... one of the greatest films ever made," and puts his money where his mouth is by helping to restore this legendary film by Jean-Luc Godard to all of its former glory. Whether you side with the legions who claim that "Contempt" is "the greatest work of art produced in post-war Europe" (Sight and Sound) or you simply never had the chance to see this sumptuous and intricately multi-layered tale that fuses international stars with art, love and politics in sharp Technicolor and wall-to-wall CinemaScope, the time to see it is definitely now. Based on Alberto Moravio's novel, "The Ghost at Noon," the story deals with film making in Rome's Cinecitta Studios where a corrupt American producer (Jack Palance) asks Paul (Michel Piccoli) to take over a Hollywoodized version of "The Odyssey" from previous director, Fritz Lang (playing himself). Godard himself appears as an assistant director and Brigitte Bardot plays Paul's disenchanted wife, Camille, in a role that is famous for disclosing more of her charms than any of Bardot's previous cinematic incarnations.

French/Italian, 1963. Color, in French and English. 1 hr., 45 mins., 35mm.

A Self-Made Hero (Un héros très discret) -A Boulder theatrical premiere!Feb. 28, Saturday - 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Mar. 1, Sunday - 3:00 PM matinee, 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM

Mathieu Kassovitz (who received a best director nod for "La Haine" at the 1995 Cannes fest) plays Albert, the title character in this superbly orchestrated comic drama of a man who reinvents himself at every turn and passes himself off as a Resistance hero. Albert's surface charm and talent for deceit make him an unexpected success amidst the Resistance circles and an added documentary-like structure in the film allows for periodic comment on his past by contemporaries and historical experts. What emerges from the story is a likable hero who is at turns pathetic and vulnerable but who wins our grudging admiration with raw creativity, resilience and a touch of chameleonesque talent reminiscent of the protagonists of "Being There" or "Zelig." As an antidote to the bulk of Hollywood blockbusters that invariably celebrate the individual, treat yourself to this rare, intelligent and hilarious indictment of hero-worship. "A Self-Made Hero" won the Best Screenplay award at the 1996 Cannes fest and also received a Golden Palm nomination.

France, 1996. Color, in French with English subtitles. 1 hr., 46 mins., 35mm.

Mondo-Plympton -A Boulder theatrical premiere!One day only: Mar. 6, Friday - 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM

Only two animators have a body of shorts strong enough to earn a theatrical release. One is Nick Park of "Wallace and Gromit" fame. The other is Bill Plympton whose "The Tune" saw a limited run back in 1992. "Mondo Plympton" is the latest release that showcases Plympton's new work and also serves as a career retrospective by placing each short into a biographical context added via voice-over by the artist. Also included: Plympton's first live-action film, "J. Lyle," in which a man's heart, brain, penis, intestines and spleen disengage from the body and then sit on Lyle's shoulder to debate the path their human vessel should be taking in life. It's the kind of outrageous humor that won Plympton fans with work that began as a political cartoon strip in 1975 and then evolved as illustrations in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Vanity and the Village Voice.

USA, 1997. Color, in English. 1 hr., 20 mins., 35mm.

Happy Together (Cheun gwong tsa sit) -A Boulder theatrical premiere!Mar. 7, Saturday - 9:00 PM and 7:00 PM

"Happy Together" premiered at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival (where it won Wong Kar-Wai the Best Director award and the film was a Golden Palm nominee) and has been banned in Korea. This will come as no surprise to the growing numbers of cinephiles who flock to see the latest collaborations between Honk Kong's top auteur, Kar-Wai , and his long-time cinematographer, Christopher Doyle. their work is among the most exciting creations to pulsate onscreen and even a cursory glance at some of their past films, such as "Chungking Express" or "Fallen Angels," reveals the obvious; a willingness to take risks and the talent with which to bring fire to the gamble. In the case of "Happy Together" we have the audacious decision to cast two of Asia's leading male sex-symbols, Leslie Cheung from "Farewell My Concubine" and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai from John Woo's "Hardboiled," as gay lovers stranded in the alleys and bars of Buenos Aires. Lai (Tony) is the more responsible of the two, and works hard hoping to eventually go back to Hong Kong. Ho (Leslie) is the reckless free spirit in this relationship, at turns demanding and passionate. The relationship is a constant tug-of-war further enhanced by visual moods that veer from beautiful blue-tinted shots of awesome waterfalls on the Argentina-Brazil border to the candy-colored glow and cacophonous urban rush of the city.

Hong Kong, 1997. Color, in Mandarin and Spanish, with English subtitles. 1 hr., 37 mins.