Entries Tagged 'Drama' ↓

fried green tomatoes

This story of four women in the deep South is based on the novel “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe” by Fannie Flagg. The main story of true friendship between Idgie and Ruth unfolds as a reminisce told by an old woman remembering her depression-era childhood. Interesting plot  twists, and the question of whether Idgie and Ruth were really lovers are fueled by strong performances in this extremely popular film. [us, 1991]

mystic pizza

Two sisters and their best friend come of age while working at the pizza parlour in their small hometown of Mystic, Connecticut. This is Julia Roberts debut movie and she displays her trademark horsey charm as a small-town girl who takes up with a wealthy young man. Since this is pre-stardom for Julia, the film is actually more of an ensemble piece with strong performances by the other two leads, Annabeth Gish and our favorite, Lili Taylor. An intelligent film for the tween and teen set. [us, 1988]

the secret of roan inish

10 year-old Fiona Connelly is sent to live with her grandparents on the Donegal coast. She and her older cousin become obsessed with the island where her family lived for generations, and continually try to visit it. Fiona is also convinced that her younger brother Jamie who was swept out to sea as an infant is alive and being cared for by the seal people of her grandfather’s fables. Beautiful wild Irish scenery, and a not-too sweet story make this children’s story a cut above the usual fare. [uk, 1994]

the terrorist

A 19-year-old Indian girl groomed for terrorism embarks on a suicide bombing mission and finds herself intoxicated by life’s potential. This lush film evokes the horror of war and zealotry (and their effects on youth), while celebrating life’s simple joys. Images of bullets and carnage mingle with those of luminous jungle greens, hand-died fabrics, modest peasant meals, and the flush of first love. [india, 1998]

children of heaven

A sweet, affecting tale of a brother and sister who scout the streets of urban Iran in search of a pair of battered sneakers while juggling school and home responsibilities. Despite the shoe-crisis and a basic poverty, they remain respectful, strong, and enchanted by life’s simple joys be they soap bubbles or sparkling goldfish. As do we. Naturalistic performances and a touching portrayal of deep family love rarely seen on this continent make it a movie gem. [iran, 1997]

my brilliant career

Judy Davis stars in Gillian Armstrong’s portrait of a headstrong, young woman determined to become a writer in turn of the century Australia. Davis’ character, convinced of her own brilliance, is forced to make a choice between love, marriage, and family with the earnest Sam Neil, and pursuit of her own writing career. This film is both beautiful to watch and captivating. Based on a true story. [australia, 1979]

contact

Jodie Foster is the intensely serious Ellie, a driven astronomer who chooses the possibility of contacting her dead parents over romantic love. It’s refreshing to see a woman in a brainy and intellectual role who walks the walk, and watching Ellie explain a few mathematical basics to a government hack only too willing to cut her funding is worth the price of admission. Above all that, it’s a beautifully rendered sci-fi journey to the other side, one that debates issues of faith and reason, science and religion. [us, 1997]

to kill a mockingbird

Harper Lee’s classic tale of bigotry, compassion, and justice in small town America. Told through the eyes of 7-year old Scout, it’s also the story of a young girl’s admiration for her father, in this case, Gregory Peck in an Oscar® winning performance. A flawless, timeless film that will invoke real tears. What are you waiting for? [us, 1962]

the children’s hour

While at times overly melodramatic, this intriguing story features two best friends whose lives are shattered by allegations of being lesbian lovers. (The word “lesbian” is never mentioned, however.) Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburn star as late 20s school teachers trying to make a business of a small boarding school for girls. A manipulative student overhears a conversation, blows it out of proportion, and suddenly the whole town is involved in the scandal. It’s interesting to watch two fine “A” actors in a film on what would have been a “B” movie topic at the time, and pull it off. Warning: typical unrequited lesbian love film ending. [us, 1961]

rambing rose

Laura Dern exudes sexuality as Rose, a young housekeeper/nanny taken in by a wealthy Southern family in 1935. The household is immediately disturbed by the presence of a young, exuberant woman, and both father and son reek with desire for her. As the straight-laced father, Robert Duval turns in an excellent performance, as does Dern’s real-life mother Diane Ladd A sultry indie. [us, 1991]