In his latest film, Japanese master filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda returns to familiar ground, crafting a lighthearted tale of childhood desires and imaginative adventures. Both playful and perceptive, I WISH is bursting with quick, stylish montages, an energetic score and memorable performances from its young stars.
It’s 1994: a 13-year-old boy disappears from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later, he is found alive, thousands of miles away, in Spain. But all is not what it seems. Like his canny subject, director Bart Layton pulls off an astonishing coup in THE IMPOSTER, buoyed by eye-catching dramatizations and an enthralling structure that crisscrosses time and place. This film leaves its viewers dizzy.
INTOUCHABLES is a comedic tale of two drastically different men that meet through a job interview: Philippe, a wealthy aristocratic quadriplegic, and Driss, a Senegalese immigrant who becomes the former’s caretaker. One of France’s highest-grossing films to date, INTOUCHABLES is filled with life lessons and superb acting; Sy went on to receive a César Award (France’s equivalent of an Oscar) for best actor for his role in the film, making him the first black man to receive the award.
With stark clarity and escalating revelations, THE INVISIBLE WAR exposes a rape epidemic in the US Armed Forces, investigating the institutions that perpetuate it as well as its profound personal and social consequences. As a courageous few defy victimhood, they face their most challenging fight yet: penetrating a closed circuit where officers collude, cases are routinely swept under the rug, and few perpetrators are tried or convicted.
Where the Cuban government sees an American conspiracy and the rest of the world sees a non-political zombie outbreak, Cuban nationalist and scoundrel Juan (Alexis Diaz de Villegas) sees the business opportunity of a lifetime—charging people to kill their undead loved ones. This apocalyptic comedy, written and directed with an obvious tip of the hat to SHAUN OF THE DEAD by Alejandro Brugues, no only delivers the requisite gore and humor, but also parodies Cuban social and political reality that add a unique value to the movie’s satire.
Ten-year-old East Texan Anne has no friends her age, so her daily routine is filled with solitary mischief. Playing in the woods one day, she hears a woman’s plaintive call for help from an abandoned well. Annie feels driven to visit the well daily, but she’s unsure about how to deal with the woman’s plight. Brothers David and Nathan Zellner have made a carefully observed film that is both harsh and poignant—but one that retains their idiosyncratic humor—and created a haunting fable that explores the choices an isolated child might make when left to her own morality-free devices.