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March 31, 2006 Edition

In the Mood for Love


“In the Mood for Love,” starts in Hong Kong in the 1960s, when Mr. Chow and his wife, and Mrs. Chan and her husband move into the same apartment building and soon find that the building isn’t the only thing they have in common. Film connoisseurs will savor the unfolding of this slow and sensual movie as Mr. Chow and Mrs. Chan deny their growing passion in order to keep their integrity. The many dvd extras add greatly to this visually stunning love story. (In Cantonese, French, Spanish, and Mandarin, with English subtitles.)

Elling


“Elling,” is the story of Elling and Kjell, friends from years in a state home, who are released with instructions to behave themselves and “act like normal members of society.” They find an apartment together, but shy Elling’s neurotic behaviors are at odds with loud Kjell’s obsession with sex, and neither is truly prepared to face real life. Slowly they begin to make new friends, learn how to grocery shop, and find ways to cope that earn them places in their community’s life. (In Norwegian with English subtitles.)

The Snow Walker


“The Snow Walker” tells the story of Charlie, a Canadian bush pilot, who crashes his plane while ferrying a young, tubercular, Inuit woman to seek medical care. Believing Kanaalaq near death anyway, and not having much respect for her culture, he ignores her pleas to stay with the plane and instead begins the long march towards civilization. Within a week, she’s caught up with him and saved his life, and as he learns the skills that have enabled her to survive, he begins to see her as a little sister. (In English with Spanish subtitles.)

Grave of the Fireflies


“Grave of the Fireflies” is a haunting animated story of a brother and sister in post-World War II Japan. Orphaned and struggling, Seita and his four-year-old sister Setsuko have survived air raids and uncaring relatives and now have set up housekeeping in a cave. Seita steals food to feed Setsuko, but everyone’s resources are dwindling – soon there will be nothing left to steal. (In Japanese and English with English subtitles.)

Caterina in the Big City


“Caterina in the Big City” follows 15-year-old Caterina from her small Italian village to Rome, where her classmates vie for her membership in the two main cliques: the revolutionary hippies, who get her drunk and give her tattoos, and the rich conservatives, who turn her into a cell-phone carrying mall-rat. As her father’s frustration with his country’s politics and society spill over into his family life, Caterina finds comfort in her extended family and a dream of emigration. (In Italian with English subtitles.)

Waking Life


“Waking Life,” asks: do we sleep-walk through our waking lives or do we wake-walk through our dreams? Wiley Wiggins is searching for answers from animated representations of real-life philosophers, professors, actors, and others, who present a variety of thought-provoking and often funny outlooks on dreams and life. (In English and Spanish, with Spanish and French subtitles.)

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