Friday, April 1, 2011

In Cinemas This Week

Mammoth - Lukas Moodysson writes and directs this drama centered on three intersecting stories, one of a traveling New Yorker named Leo (Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal), another of his surgeon wife, Ellen (Michelle Williams), and also the children of their Filipino nanny, Gloria (Marife Necesito), in the Philippines. A series of dramatic events unfolds after Leo visits Thailand, causing everyone to reexamine their priorities.

The Names of Love -"Michel Leclerc's delightful, sexy and audacious crowd-pleaser about a forty-something Jewish scientist who falls in love with a flamboyant Algerian beauty was a triumph at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival where it opened Critics' Week. Bahia (the luminous Sara Forestier) is a free-spirited liberal who aims to convert right-wing men by sleeping with them and murmuring political ideologies at their most vulnerable moment. When she meets Arthur Martin (Jacques Gamblin), whose name is one of the more common in France, she assumes he is a ‘conversion' target. Despite his initial resistance, the two fall in love. Of Algerian and Jewish backgrounds respectively, the scene is set for a number of deliciously satirical barbs on French culture." (French Film Festival 2011)

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