October 19, 2001 |
Hans Petter Moland's compelling "Aberdeen" stars Lena Headey as an ambitious young attorney whose life unexpectedly starts unraveling at the very moment she has received an important promotion from her large London firm. Her mother, Helen (Charlotte Rampling), who lives in Aberdeen, Scotland, and to whom Kaisa is not close, has asked her to travel to Norway and bring back her father, Tomas (Stellan Skarsgard).
June 17, 1994 |
As in the monumental "The Decalogue," in which Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski probed the relevance of the Ten Commandments in modern life, Kieslowski has been considering the contemporary meaning of the French Revolution slogan "Liberty, Equality and Fraternity" in his provocative ongoing "Three Colors" trilogy, which began with "Blue."
December 8, 1993 |
It is a mark of the virtuosity with which director Krzysztof Kieslowski has made "Blue" that it is possible to envision its intensely emotional story of a woman's search for meaning after tragedy unhinges her life becoming, with slight tinkering, the plot for a standard-issue Bette Davis "women's picture" of the 1940s. Yet there is nothing ordinary or banal about the way Kieslowski, a Polish director now working in France, has gone about his business here.
December 2, 1994 |
Except for his imposing name, there is little about Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski that fits the conventional American image of a great director. His public statements are spare, his subject matter intimate rather than epic, and his interest in anything as flamboyant as a cult of personality is nonexistent.
March 12, 1993 |
"Olivier Olivier" has no trouble with what most films find difficult but stumbles over what should be easy. The result is an emotionally powerful piece of work that is unsatisfactory in terms of simple plot logic, a compelling picture marred by a clumsily built frame. Like writer-director Agnieszka Holland's previous film, the stranger than fiction "Europa Europa," "Olivier" (selected theaters) is based on a true story, in this case one that Holland read in a Parisian newspaper in 1984.
August 13, 1993 |
Saying so much as a discouraging word about "The Secret Garden" (citywide) feels unforgivably churlish. For this is that rare thing, an accomplished G-rated film, made by a respected director with fair fidelity from one of the great favorites of childhood literature. So why does the urge to scrawl graffiti all over its pristine surface seem so irresistible?