Produced by Han Sanping. Executive producers, Lu Yao, He Ping.
Reviewed at World Film Festival, Montreal (Focus on Irish Cinema), Aug. 31, 1999. Running time: 88 MIN.
A grotesque black comedy-cum-farce that's more colorful than truly funny or shocking, Marco Risi's "Kaputt Mundi" provides a slick diversion that will most likely end up in Eurotube slots, with wider…
From the first moment --- a blast of horns as the none-too-svelte titular figure throws cold water on his nude, bathing self --- it's clear director Mark Wing-Davey means to pump as much stage…
A punchy, vigorously paced drama about drugs, rootlessness and the journey out of the tunnel of addiction, "A Pure Moment of Rock 'n' Roll" represents a confident feature bow for director Manuel…
Reviewed at Mill Valley Film Festival, Oct. 9, 1999. Running time: 75 MIN.
Well, we can pretty much rule out any technological meltdown from the dreaded Y2K bug when we welcome that new millennium in a little over two months. According to this condescending and dopey hour…
Set against the harsh reality of children being illegally exploited for cheap labor in contemporary Portugal, "Jaime" centers on a 13-year-old survivor who takes control of his future when his…
Reviewed on videocassette, San Francisco, Oct. 19, 1999. (In Mill Valley, Vancouver film festivals.) Running time: 91 MIN.
A fresh twist on the successful Spanish youth comedies of recent seasons, "A Bench in the Park" recalls the romantic talkfests of Eric Rohmer, spiced with the character quirks of Hal Hartley…
Musical numbers: "So Beautiful," "It's Not Working," "When We Danced," "Lovely," "Johnsy's Dance," "East Meets West," "The Doctor Is Out," "Daddy, What Should Your Daughter Do?," "How Can Love Be…