The Harmonists (Comedian Harmonists)

The Harmonists is a German made film that begins in 1927 and runs till 1934, dealing directly with the impact of the Nazis on the lives of the principal characters, members of a popular and very successful singing group,  ...

The Idiots

Imagine the sales pitch. Giddy investors have gathered to hear the new idea from Lars von Trier, who is following up the enormous critical and commercial success of Breaking the Waves. He has the clout to demand anything now:  ...

Girl on the Bridge (La Fille sur le Pont)

Director Patrice Leconte introduces us to Vanessa Paradis at the very start, intercutting shots of her lively face between the main titles. It is an irresistible face: expressive, open, fine-boned, and carrying a gap-toothed smile - the flaw that  ...

Liberty Heights

Liberty Heights is the fourth of director Barry Levinson's "Baltimore Films." Levinson knows the city well, having grown up there. And just as a basketball team on a long punishing road trip looks forward to once again having home-court  ...

Lovers of the Arctic Circle

... There is much to admire in Lovers of the Arctic Circle. Its writer/director, Julio Medem has a fresh and original viewpoint and virtually floods the screen with ideas. His film looks not quite like anyone else's, although, please,  ...

The Minus Man

The Minus Man, writer-director Hampton Fancher’s low-budget allegory about the double-edged nature of innocence, is so in love with its enigmatic air that there’s no there there. The story – which revolves around what happens when Vann  ...

My Best Fiend

In this intriguing documentary, German director Werner Herzog retraces his steps behind the scenes of several of his well-known films, including Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo, to offer a personal portrait of his "dearest enemy" or "best  ...

Proof of Life

It's the rare film that manages to tackle more than one genre and succeed – a "comedy-drama" is usually neither. Proof of Life is an exception – it's equal parts suspense thriller, unrequited love story, case study of what  ...

This is My Father

"'Twas the Spring of 1939..." begins the tale of Kieran Johnson's (James Caan) search for his roots in the green, green fields of Ireland. With an opening like that you will not be surprised to find that heartbreak is  ...