Category: IFC Films
Taglines: Betrayal burns deep.
Trap for Cinderella is a British crime drama film directed by Iain Softley and starring Tuppence Middleton, Alexandra Roach, Kerry Fox, Aneurin Barnard, Frances de la Tour and Emilia Fox. Based on the novel Piège pour Cendrillon by Sébastien Japrisot, the film is about a young woman who loses her memory after surviving a fire that kills her childhood friend. through reading her dead friend’s diary, she begins to put the pieces of her shattered life back together.
The film starts with Micky (Tuppence Middleton), regaining consciousness in an hospital with Dr. Muller (Erich Redman) asking her if she remembers anything. Micky has suffered severe burn injuries and is suffering from amnesia. Over time she under goes reconstructive surgery and during a session of psychotherapy with Dr. Sylvie Wells (Emilia Fox) we are informed that she is 20 years old and lives in London. Her parents died in an car accident when she was 9 years old. Her late aunt, Elinor (Frances de la Tour) took care of her ever since. Elinor had died recently sometime before Micky’s accident. In the hospital Micky is shown photographs of her friends and relatives but she can’t recognize anybody.
Sometime later Micky is discharged from the hospital, she has recovered from her injuries but has not regained her memory. Her aunt’s personal assistant, Julia (Kerry Fox) is her guardian now and she takes Micky home. Jake (Aneurin Barnard) calls Micky on her landline but Julia receives the call and informs him that Micky is not ready to meet her friends. Julia informs Micky later that Jake was one of her boyfriends. Micky sees photos of Do (Alexandra Roach) and inquires about her, Julia tells her that Do is a friend and also that Do’s mother (Elizabeth Healey) was a caretaker at Elinor’s house. Julia also informs Micky that when she turns 21, she would inherit the entire estate of Elinor.
Among the photograph she finds envelope sent by Jake, she keeps the envelope. While Julia is distracted by a call, Micky takes a cab and goes to the address mentioned in the envelope. The address turn out to be the office of James Chance (Alex Jennings), who was Elinor’s lawyer. He informs her that Jake works for him. Chance is worried about Micky and tries to inform Julia, but Micky walks out of the office. She meets Jake outside Chance’s office and goes to Jake’s house to talk. Jake informs her that they had broken up the last time they met. They bond and have sex in his apartment. Jake gives her keys to her old apartment. Micky asks Jake about Do, Jake is surprised that Micky does not know it. He informs her that Do died in the accident that burnt her.
Micky next visits her old apartment, there she finds Do’s suitcase which contains her letters, clothes and a diary. Micky reads the diary and it is shown in the flash back that Do used to work in a bank and they meet there after a long gap and they exchange their numbers. Micky and Do bond over again and Do informs Micky that after they had last met, her father (Tim Wallers) committed suicide and her mom is dead too. It is also revealed in a flash back that in their childhood, Micky had accidentally almost drowned Do and ran away scared. Do follows her and they see something. This causes Do’s father to take his family away from the Elinor’s home.
The film’s soundtrack was music supervised by Universal Music Publishing Group and includes music from Cassius, Cat’s Eyes, Crystal Castles, Crystal Fighters, Fixers, Glasser, James Blake, Joker ft. Jessie Ware, Metronomy, Pauline Croze, Peter Sarstedt, The Chemical Brothers and Nouvelle Vague’s cover of Joy Division ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.
Trap for Cinderella
Directed by: Iain Softley
Starring: Aneurin Barnard, Tuppence Middleton, Alexandra Roach, Frances de la Tour, Kerry Fox, Elizabeth Healey
Screenplay by: Sébastien Japrisot, Iain Softley
Production Design by: Gary Williamson
Cinematography by: Alex Barber
Film Editing by: Stuart Gazzard
Costume Design by: Verity Hawkes
Set Decoration by: Cathy Cosgrove
Music by: Christian Henson
MPAA Rating: None.
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: December 13, 2013
Taglines: He’ll be everything she likes but himself.
A young writer (Justin Long) woos a cute and quirky barista (Evan Rachel Wood) by creating an embellished online profile. When she falls for his alter ego, he must keep up the act or lose his dream girl. Directed by TFF alumna Kat Coiro and featuring a cast of hilarious cameo performers including Peter Dinklage, Sam Rockwell, Vince Vaughn and Sienna Miller, A Case of You is a winning romantic comedy for the social media age.
A Case of You is an American romantic comedy film that was featured at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The film was directed by Kat Coiro and produced by Justin Long, who wrote the script with his brother Christian and Keir O’Donnell, who also stars in the film.
About the Story
Sam, a young New York City author, is dissatisfied with his life. Although his novelization of the blockbuster film Teen Vampire is popular he does not want to write the other novelizations his agent Alan urges; Sam suffers from writer’s block with his own work, however. He is infatuated with Birdie, a street artist and barista at the local coffee shop, but does not know how to meet her.
After his roommate Eliot suggests checking Birdie’s Facebook profile, Sam decides to pretend that he shares the interests she lists on her profile. He begin to learn how to play the guitar and cook French cuisine, and buys books by Walt Whitman and songs by Joan Baez. After pretending to accidentally meet at a comedy club Birdie mentioned online the two become friends and partners at a ballroom-dance class, and Sam begins to write a novel based on their relationship.
To spend more time with her Sam pretends to share Birdie’s other interests, including pedicures and bourbon. They begin to fall in love, and Birdie accompanies Sam, Eliot, and Eliot’s girlfriend Ashley to a spiritual retreat where they sleep together for the first time. Although Sam enjoys spending time with Birdie he finds participating in her many interests to be difficult, and is intimidated by her skill in such areas as caricature, singing, and rock climbing.
After Birdie tells Sam that she loves him and mentions her parents’ plan to attend their impending dance recital, an insecure Sam discourages her interest in him. At a pitch meeting Alan and another agent praise Sam’s novel as a superb portrayal of a pathetic “eunuch” who, after foolishly breaking up with his girlfriend, is doomed to remain alone. Realizing that he has made a mistake, Sam rushes to the recital where Birdie is about to perform with another partner. He states his love for her and confesses to using her Facebook profile to adjust his public persona. She tells him that she knew all the time, even adding items to see whether he would respond. They begin to dance together.
A Case of You
Directed by: Kat Coiro
Starring: Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Peter Dinklage, Sam Rockwell, Vince Vaughn, Sienna Miller
Screenplay by: Justin Long, Keir O’Donnel, Christian Long
Production Design by: Rick Butler
Cinematography by: Doug Chamberlain
Film Editing by: Adam Catino, Matt Landon
Costume Design by; Lynn Falconer
Set Decoration by: Nicole Duryea
Music by: Mateo Messina
MPAA Rating: R for language, some sexual references and drug use.
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: November 6, 2013
In this reverse ghost story, teenager Lisa Johnson (Abigail Breslin) and her family died in 1986 under sinister circumstances but remain trapped in their house, unable to move on. Over a period of six “days”, Lisa must reach out from beyond the grave to help her present-day, living counterpart, Olivia, avoid the same fate Lisa and her family suffered.
Haunter is a Canadian supernatural horror film directed by Vincenzo Natali, written by Brian King, and starring Abigail Breslin. The film premiered at the 2013 South by Southwest Film Festival, and was picked up for U.S. distribution there by IFC Midnight.
Haunter was filmed at Toronto and Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Production took 25 days. Natali said that he was drawn to the film because, unlike Splice, which took him twelve years to complete, Haunter only needed to be shot.
Haunter premiered at South by Southwest film festival on March 9, 2013, and received a limited US theatrical release on October 18, 2013. It was released on home video on February 11, 2014, and made $129,447 on domestic video sales.
About the Story
Lisa Johnson, the ghost of a teenage girl who becomes aware that she is dead, haunts a house somewhere in northern Ontario. Along with her parents and brother, who are unaware that they are dead, she is stuck on the same day they were murdered in 1985. As she becomes more aware of her circumstances, she realizes that she can make contact with people in other timelines. As she explores this ability, a pale man appears and warns her to stop. Undeterred, Lisa uses personal items from other people killed in the house to make a connection with Olivia, part of a family living in the house in the future who will become the next set of victims.
With the help of Olivia and the spirits of other murdered girls, Lisa is transported into the timelines of other victims and unravels the mystery of the house. She causes her family to come to terms with the knowledge that they are dead, and thus “awakened” they become able to assist her. After her family escapes to the afterlife, Lisa stays behind to stop the murderous evil spirit who haunts the house. With help from the evil spirit’s family (the original victims), Lisa overcomes him and rescues another family from suffering the same fate. Thus breaking the cycle of possessions and murder-suicides, Lisa awakes, no longer reliving the same day.
Directed by: Vincenzo Natali
Starring: Abigail Breslin, Sarah Manninen, Stephen McHattie, David Hewlett, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden
Screenplay by: Brian King, Matthew Brian King
Production Design by: Peter Cosco
Cinematography by: Jon Joffin
Film Editing by: Michael Doherty
Costume Design by: Patrick Antosh
Art Direction by: Ian Hall
Music by: Alex Khaskin
MPAA Rating; None.
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: October 25, 2013
Taglines: It’s not the hills.
The Canyons is an American thriller film directed by Paul Schrader and written by Bret Easton Ellis. The film is set in Los Angeles and stars Lindsay Lohan, James Deen, Nolan Gerard Funk, Amanda Brooks and Gus Van Sant. It received a limited release on August 2, 2013 at the IFC Center in New York City, the Bell Lightbox in Toronto, and on video on demand platforms. Despite negative reviews, Lohan received praise for her performance from some critics.
Notorious writer Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho) and acclaimed director Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver and director of American Gigolo) join forces for this explicitly erotic thriller about youth, glamour, sex and surveillance. Manipulative and scheming young movie producer Christian (adult film star James Deen) makes films to keep his trust fund intact, while his actress girlfriend and bored plaything, Tara (Lindsay Lohan), hides a passionate affair with an actor from her past. When Christian becomes aware of Tara’s infidelity, the young Angelenos are thrust into a violent, sexually-charged tour through the dark side of human nature.
Principal photography began in July 2012 with the shooting of the first six minutes of the film in the bar of the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles. Many key scenes were shot at the Malibu home of designer Vitus Mataré. Filming was moved to Westfield Century City mall in Los Angeles after a failed attempt to film at the Santa Monica Promenade. Scenes were also shot in Amoeba Records on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood and Cafe Med restaurant at Sunset Plaza, West Hollywood, as well as Palihotel Melrose and The Churchill bar of The Orlando Hotel, both in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Schrader says about filming The Canyons: “…we’re making art out of the remains of our empire. The junk that’s left over. And this idea of a film that was crowdfunded, cast online, with one actor from a celebrity culture, one actor from adult-film culture, a writer and director who have gotten beat up in the past—felt like a post-Empire thing. And then everything I was afraid of with Lindsay and James started to become a positive. I was afraid we wouldn’t be taken seriously and people would think it was a joke. My son and daughter didn’t want me to do it. That just shows you how conservative young kids are.
The rough cut of the film was 1 hour 44 minutes long. Initial edits of the film were disappointing; the film was said to “drag”. Ellis, Schrader and Pope had a disagreement over the final cut of the film. After Schrader showed Steven Soderbergh the rough cut of the film, Soderbergh offered to cut it within three days. Schrader declined, telling The New York Times:
“The idea of 72 hours is a joke, it would take him 72 hours to look at all the footage. And you know what Soderbergh would do if another director offered to cut his film? [Puts up two middle fingers] That’s what Soderbergh would do.” Ellis is quoted as saying: “The film is so languorous. It’s an hour 30, and it seems like it’s three hours long. I saw this as a pranky noirish thriller, but Schrader turned it into, well, a Schrader film.”
On Ellis’ Podcast, he claims to now have a new appreciation of the film, saying he had trouble at first accepting Schrader’s vision of his material, but in the end, has come to an understanding over his reservations during the creative process. He also openly praises Lohan’s performance, calling it “searing,” and blames the film’s perceived ‘failures’ on Lohan’s reputation in the media, which has nothing to do about the film’s quality or her performance in the film. He continued with saying he believes The Canyons to have ended up as being a success both creatively and financially for all those involved. He concludes with saying he is very proud of the final product.
Directed by: Paul Schrader
Starring: Braxton Pope, Lindsay Lohan, Ross Levine, Kurt Kittleson, Beau Laughlin, Ricky Horne Jr, Ken Locsmandi
Screenplay by: Bret Easton Ellis
Production Design by: Stephanie J. Gordon
Cinematography by: John DeFazio
Film Editing by: Tim Silano
Costume Design by: Keely Crum
Music by: Brendan Canning
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: August 2, 2013
Taglines: How do you grow up when your parents aren’t?
Sixteen-year-old Lucy is a tomboy. She gets on well with her father but is frequently separated from him for months on end when he goes to work in Canada. Her relationship with her mother is easy-going and she takes care of most things around the house.
She tunes into her sexuality and her not so ‘stable’ family dynamics. She develops a relationship with her best friend Kenny and starts to realize that her parents’ marriage is not as solid as she had previously imagined. She notices that her father’s extended stays away from the family are not typical, and that her mother does not pine for her father as much as she herself does.
As Cool As I Am is an American comedy-drama film based on the novel of the same name by Pete Fromm. Claire Danes, Sarah Bolger and James Marsden star as the Diamond family. The film is directed by Max Mayer, who also directed Adam. Filming on the adaptation began in New Mexico in May 2011. The film was released in the United States on June 21, 2013 by IFC Films.
About the Story
Lucy (Sarah Bolger) is a self-confessed tomboy who gets on well with her father Chuck (James Marsden), but is frequently separated from him for months on end when he works in Canada. Her relationship with her mother Lainee (Claire Danes) is easy-going provided she keeps the house tidy.
Lucy is even allowed to drive her mother’s car, even though she is too young to apply for a license. When her father comes back, which is only 3 times a year, Lucy says that she skips a week of school and Lainee lies to Chuck about not having a job and stays home. Chuck appears to be what Lucy calls an “old-fashioned” man because he wants to provide for the family and therefore looks down upon Lainee having a job.
After a run in with Scott Booker, who is annoying Lucy’s best friend Kenny (Thomas Mann), Lucy kisses Scott in return for him not beating up Kenny. Lucy becomes upset with herself after Scott says she is a bad kisser and wished that he hadn’t been her first kiss. Kenny then says that memories are “malleable,” so Lucy could pretend that her first kiss was Kenny and then she would slowly start to think that was true.
Lucy decides that the only way she could believe this is if Kenny does kiss her, resulting in a friends-with-benefits type relationship. Meanwhile, Lainee begins to have a wandering eye for a speaker (Jeremy Sisto) that comes in to talk to Lainee’s workplace. Lainee eventually sleeps with him and comes home at 5 a.m., with Lucy still up and realizing what her mother has done. Chuck then comes home unexpectedly and Lucy outs Lainee’s job to her father in order to make sure he doesn’t find out about her mother’s infidelity. She also reveals that she kissed two boys while her father was gone.
After her mother and father start arguing, Lucy becomes upset with herself and runs off to Kenny’s house. He is still sleep and she wakes him up by crawling through his window and eventually they have sex in Kenny’s bed. Lucy freaks out and runs out of Kenny’s front door, passing his mother on the way. Lucy runs home and hears her parents having sex upstairs. Because Kenny and Lucy did not use a condom, Lucy goes to ‘Planned Parenthood’ where they give her a morning after pill, a box of condoms, and birth control pills. She stuffs this box into her drawers when her father calls her.
She goes downstairs to find Kenny waiting for her. Kenny discretely tells her about the morning-after pill and to his relief, she tells him that she has already taken it. Kenny’s mother then calls on the phone and Chuck invites Kenny and his mother to Easter brunch that Sunday. While at lunch, Kenny’s mother outs Lucy and Kenny’s love affair. Lainee and Chuck become offended, not believing Kenny’s mother and saying that she is lying. While Kenny and Lucy are feeding leftovers from their meal to neighborhood dogs, Lucy announces that she doesn’t want to have sex again and Kenny agrees.
Review for As Cool As I Am
“If memory is malleable then the future is too.” Lucy is a sixteen year old girl who is too smart for her own good. She spends her free time learning how to cook and hanging out with her friend Kenny. Her mother (Claire Danes) and father (James Marsden) had her when they were young and not ready for that responsibility. Now with her dad gone all but 4 times a year and her mom acting like a kid herself Lucy is left to discover life for herself.
This is a movie that again proves my point that a movie can be entertaining and worth watching involving great acting rather then special effects. This is a movie along the line of What Maisie Knew only involving an older child rather then a 6 year old. Parents that should not have been allowed to have children and a child who is more mature then the parents. You really root for Lucy the entire time and by the time the end come you feel extremely sorry for her as well as relief. That is a hard combination to achieve but that’s what great writing and acting does.
As Cool As I Am
Directed by: Max Mayer
Starring: Claire Danes, Sarah Bolger, James Marsden, Jon Tenney, Thomas Mann, Lorena Fernández, Terry Walters, Rachel Hroncich
Screenplay by: Pete Fromm, Virginia Korus Spragg
Production Design by: Waldemar Kalinowski
Cinematography by: Tim Suhrstedt
Film Editing by: Tracey Wadmore-Smith
Costume Design by: Alysia Raycraft
Set Decoration by: Wilhelm Pfau
Music by: Christopher Lennertz
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content including an assault, and some teen drinking.
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: January 21, 2013
Taglines: I warned you not to go out tonight.
Frank Zito is a mentally disturbed young man who has taken over his family’s mannequin sales business after the recent death of his mother, who also moonlighted as a prostitute. Frank’s childhood experiences of seeing his mother bring home clients or being taken out with her to turn tricks has left Frank unable to enter into meaningful relationships with women, and his sexual impulses tend to manifest themselves as violent urges that Frank externalizes as his mother’s will.
Struggling to come to grips with his mother’s treatment of him, and spurred by memories of his mother brushing her hair before going out at night, Frank stalks, murders, and scalps a young street walker one night, attaching her hair to a mannequin that he then keeps in his bedroom.
Frank joins an online dating site, where he befriends a local girl named Lucie. The two eventually meet for what turns out to be a successful date. The pair return to Lucie’s apartment, where she attempts to seduce the virginal Frank; Frank, feeling overwhelmed by homicidal impulses, insists that he likes Lucie and that he must leave before something bad happens. Lucie, mistaking Frank’s panic for nervousness, becomes sexually aggressive and begins performing fellatio. Though he attempts to control himself, Frank eventually strangles and then scalps Lucie. Frank takes her hair back to his apartment, where he attaches it to another mannequin.
One morning, Frank awakens to find a photographer named Anna taking photos of the mannequins in his storefront. Frank invites her into his store, where she becomes taken with his work restoring antique department store mannequins. The two develop a friendship, with Frank agreeing to help Anna put together an art exhibit using his mannequins.
As the two spend more time together, Frank begins to fall in love, and becomes more aggressive about trying to control his urges, attempting to take pharmaceuticals to quiet his impulses. Nonetheless, one night he follows a woman home from her dance studio and stabs her to death in a parking lot; once again, he scalps her and attaches her hair to a mannequin in his bedroom.
As the date of the exhibit opening approaches, Frank learns that Anna has a boyfriend, sending him into an emotional tailspin. At the opening of the exhibit, Frank meets Anna’s boyfriend, Jason, who takes an instant disliking to Frank. Frank also meets Anna’s mentor, and art director Rita, an older woman who encourages Anna to leave Los Angeles to seek more opportunities. In a drunken state, Rita later mocks Frank, first sexually propositioning him and then accusing him of being a homosexual and teasing him for his interest in mannequins.
Frank follows Rita home, subduing her in her bathtub and then hog-tying her on her bed. Frank begins addressing Rita as his mother, expressing his rage for her treatment of him and articulating his feelings of being unloved, unwanted, and abandoned. Remembering a night he begged his mother to stay at home with him, only to be left alone while she went out to prostitute herself, Frank flies into a rage and scalps Rita while she is still alive.
Directed by: Franck Khalfoun
Starring: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, Genevieve Alexandra, Jan Broberg Felt, Megan M. Duffy, Liane Balaban, Joshua De La Garza, America Olivo, Sammi Rotibi
Screenplay by: Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur
Production Design by: Stefania Cella
Cinematography byB Maxime Alexandre
Film Editing by Baxter, Franck Khalfoun
Costume Design by: Mairi Chisholm
Art Direction by: dooner
Music by: Robin Coudert
MPAA Rating: None.
Studio: IFC Midnight
Release Date: June 14, 2013
Taglines: The only thing more terrifying than Mother Nature is human nature.
In Chile, a group of travelers who are in an underground nightclub when a massive earthquake hits quickly learn that reaching the surface is just the beginning of their nightmare. The disaster leads to the collapse of societal norms, including murder, rape, looting, destruction of property, and other anarchic activities. There is also the looming threat of a tsunami after the earthquake.
Aftershock is a Chilean-American disaster horror film starring Eli Roth. It is directed by Nicolás López and written by López, Roth, and Guillermo Amoedo, from a story by Roth and López.
Three travelers, Gringo, Ariel, and Pollo were traveling through Chile. They went partying in a club and met three young women, sisters Monica and Kylie, and their Russian friend Irina. The two groups paired up and decided to travel down to Valparaiso together. They were partying in another club at Valparaiso when an earthquake struck, killing many of the partygoers and trapping some under debris. Ariel’s hand was cut off as he tried to help a trapped bartender.
The group tried to get out but their exit was blocked by more falling debris. The cleaning lady of the club led them through a tunnel to a nearby manhole. As they proceeded to climb out, a passing truck hit the old lady and killed her. Once out on the street, the group tried to get to their car but found it destroyed. Ariel’s condition continued to get worse due to blood loss and the group decided that they needed to get him to the hospital on top of the hill as soon as possible.
Suddenly, a tsunami warning was heard and they all rushed to the cart going up the hill. After some negotiation, they were able to get Ariel on the cart with other people in line. The group watched the cart reached the top of the hill when an aftershock suddenly occurred, causing the cart to fall all way back down, destroying the cable and killing everyone inside.
After mourning the death of their friend, the group head toward the cemetery, trying to reach the cathedral at the top of the hill through a previously mentioned hidden tunnel. The group came upon a looting party on the street which turned out to be escaped prisoners from a nearby prison that was damaged during the earthquake. They tried to run past but the women of the group attracted some attention.
While running away, part of a building fell on top of Gringo and pinned him in place, still alive and conscious. Monica and Pollo left to get help while Irina and Kylie stayed with Gringo. While they were seeking help, Monica and Pollo came across an out-of-control firetruck. The truck crashed and one of the firefighters in the cab was ran through by wooden beams while the other one was trapped. Pollo and Monica got the living firefighter out, who explained that some prisoners were trying to take over the firetruck, which was why it went out of control.
Meanwhile, as Irina was trying to comfort the seriously injured Gringo, Kylie heard the prisoners approaching. Gringo told Kylie and Irina to hide, reasoning that they would only take his money. The women hid in the tombs while the prisoners threatened Gringo. They poured alcohol on him, threatening to light him up if he didn’t tell them where the women were. Frightened, Gringo motioned toward the their hiding place with his eyes.
Irina crawled out of her hiding place and tried to run away. She was quickly captured by the prisoners. The leader of the prisoners raped Irina while the rest of the gang sat around telling jokes. Gringo threw a rock at the leader, trying to stop him from continuing raping Irina. The leader, enraged, lit him up and burned him alive, killing him. Kylie, hearing all the chaos outside decided to run.
Directed by: Nicolás López
Starring: Eli Roth, Andrea Osvárt, Ariel Levy, Nicolas Martinez, Lorenza Izzo, Natasha Yarovenko
Screenplay by: Guillermo Amoedo, Nicolás López, Eli Roth
Production Design by: Marichi Palacios
Cinematography by: Antonio Quercia
Film Editing by: Diego Macho Gómez
Costume Design by: Elisa Hormazábal
Art Direction by: Fernando Alé
Music by: Manuel Riveiro
MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence including rape, language, drug content and some nudity.
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: May 10, 2013
Robbie, a young ne’er do well (Paul Brannigan), a broke new father with a good heart is in serious trouble with the law. When he holds his newborn son for the first time, roguish Robbie is determined that the boy will have a better life, one with more opportunities than he has been offered in this insular, blue collar world.
But first Robbie must sort out a variety of pressing problems –his girlfriend’s family wants to do him harm and run him out of town being first and foremost among them. He is given a lucky break by a judge who shows mercy, granting him community service instead of jail. Here he meets Rhino, Albert and Mo, former petty criminals also down on their luck.
During his rehabilitation, as he is mentored by the kind and generous Harry (John Henshaw), Robbie discovers a passion for whiskey — it turns out, he has a rare gift – a refined palate and a delicate nose for fine malt whisky. This newly discovered, prodigious talent may well turn things around for him — but first, he must face a true test of faith on a trip with the gang to the Scottish Highlands, which is where the film shifts into a heist movie, retaining the trademark hardscrabble humor that Loach has become so well-known for embedding into his dissections of the UK’s working class and poor.
The Angels Share
Directed by: Ken Loach
Starring: Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, Gary Maitland, Jasmin Riggins, Siobhan Reilly, William Ruane
Screenplay by: Paul Laverty
Production Design by: Fergus Clegg
Cinematography by: Robbie Ryan
Film Editing by: Jonathan Morris
Costume Design by: Carole K. Millar
Art Direction by: Zoe Wight
Music by: George Fenton
MPAA Rating: None.
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: April 12, 2013
When Dalton Joiner, a young soldier in Vietnam, gets dumped by his hometown girlfriend Jane, he vows to sneak home during the war to win her back. His best buddy, Mickey Wright, never one to miss out on a wild time, decides to go with him. They must get back to America, change her mind and return to the war without getting caught.
The two soldiers end up at the University of Michigan, where they find Jane, now Juniper, and her stunning and passionate new friend Candace, right in the heart of the counter culture – and the anti-war movement. During one week in July 1969, while the rest of the world focuses on man’s first steps on the moon, Wright and Joiner learn the true meaning of love, honor and commitment.
Love and Honor is a romantic drama film directed by Danny Mooney. It is Mooney’s feature-film directorial debut. The film, based on a true story of a Michigan soldier, takes place during the Vietnam War and is set in Ann Arbor and surrounding areas. The story follows a soldier who, after being dumped by his girlfriend, decides to return home secretly from war with his best friend to win her back.
Love and Honur
Directed by: Danny Mooney
Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer, Aimee Teegarden, Chris Lowell, Wyatt Russell
Screenplay by: Jim Burnstein, Garrett K. Schiff
Production Design by: Ethan Tobman
Cinematography by: Theo van de Sande
Film Editing by: Glenn Garland
Costume Design by: Karyn Wagner
Set Decoration by: Sandhya Huchingson
Music by: Alex Heffes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for drug content, sexuality, language and brief violence.
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: March 22, 2013
This is a story of two orphan girls, Voichita (Cosmina Stratan) who joins in a church by choosing a life of nun and her friend Alina (Cristina Flutur) who will join her later from Germany. In their early life they were roommate and had physical relation, that Alina will demand again, but Voichita will refuse.
There was no other way for Alina to go to the outer world, so Voichita will insists the Priest (Valeriu Andriuta) to allow her to stay along with them; on the other hand the priest will demand her to be faithful on God and for confession. There would be a psychological constrain in between the two friends. Alina will try to get Voichita out of the orthodox environment, and Voichita will try for Alina to lay down on the way to God.
Beyond the Hills (Romanian: După dealuri) is a Romanian drama film directed by Cristian Mungiu, starring Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan. The narrative follows two young women at an Orthodox convent in Romania.
The film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where Mungiu won the award for Best Screenplay, and Flutur and Stratan shared the award for Best Actress. It was selected as the Romanian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, making the January shortlist.
Beyond the Hills
Directed by: Cristian Mungiu
Starring: Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeriu Andriuta, Dana Tapalaga, Catalina Harabagiu, Gina Tandura, Vica Agache, Luminita Gheorghiu, Alina Berzunteanu
Written by: Cristian Mungiu
Production Design by: Calin Papura, Mihaela Poenaru
Cinematography by: Oleg Mutu
Film Editing by: Mircea Olteanu
Costume Design by: Dana Paparuz
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: February 9, 2013