SINEMA OLD SCHOOL PRESENTS â€˜TWENTY ONEâ€™
Films for the coming of age â€” Sinema Old School gives you access to restricted content, comeÂ end August.
Presenting a series of films rated for mature content (R21), Sinema will be screeningÂ four films – The Kids Are All Right (2010), The Housemaid (2010), I Love You Philip MorrisÂ (2009), Summer Palace (2006) – on selected dates from 27 August to 10 September.
In Summer Palace, two young lovers fall passionately in love against a volatile backdrop of politicalÂ unrest. Things get a little twisted with The Housemaid, which tells of an adulterous love affairÂ between an upper class housemaid and the master of the house.
I Love You Philip Morris is a dark comedic tale of a charismatic conman who finds love in the mostÂ unexpected situation. Finally, the award-winning film The Kids Are All Right wraps up the seriesÂ with a funny, vibrant and richly drawn portrait of a modern family that redefines family ties.
I Love You Philip Morris
John Requa, Glenn Fiquarra | 2010 | Comedy, Drama | USA | 100 mins
– Outstanding Film (Limited Release) – GLAAD Media Awards
– Nominated for Breakthrough Director Award – 2010 Gotham Awards
– Nominated for WGA Award (Screen) 2011
The improbable real-life story of a charismatic conmanâ€™s journey from small-town businessman toÂ flamboyant white-collar criminal, starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) is happily married to Debbie (Leslie Mann), and a member of the localÂ police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life.
Steven realizes heâ€™sÂ gay and decides to live his life to the fullest â€“ even if it means breaking the law. Stevenâ€™s new,Â extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary whereÂ he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor).
His devotion to freeing Philip fromÂ jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt â€“ and often succeed at â€“ oneÂ impossible con after another.Adapted from the true story told by crime reporter Steve McVicker in his book of the same title, IÂ Love You Philip Morris is an oddball tale of what can happen when the legal system, a daredevilÂ spirit, and undying love collide.
Official website: http://www.phillipmorrismovie.net/
Lou Ye | 2007 | Drama, Romance | China | 140 mins
– Nominated for the Palme dâ€™Or, 2006 Cannes Film Festival
China, 1989 â€” Two young lovers play out their complex, erotic, love/hate relationship against aÂ volatile backdrop of political unrest.
Beautiful Yu Hong leaves her village, her family and her boyfriend to study in Beijing, where sheÂ discovers a world of intense sexual and emotional experimentation, and falls madly in love withÂ fellow student Zhou Wei.
Their relationship becomes one of dangerous games, as all around themÂ their fellow students begin to demonstrate, demanding democracy and freedom.The film reveals a portrait of a place and a generation – China and liberated Chinese youth – asÂ never seen before in the West.
By turns lyrical and brutal, elegiac and erotic, Summer Palace depicts a passionate love story andÂ the struggle for personal liberty jeopardized by history and fate.
Sang-Soo Im | 2010 | Drama | South Korea | 107 mins
– Directors Week Best Film Award
– Manoel De Oliveira Award, 2011 (31st) FantasportoÂ International Film Festival
– Best Director, 2010 (12th) Cinemanila International Film Festival
– Best Art Direction, 2010 (31st) Blue Dragon Film Awards
Eun-yi (Do-yeon Jeon), a middle-aged divorcee, is hired as an upper class family housemaid. ButÂ soon enough, master of the house Hoon (Jung-Jae Lee) takes advantage of his social position byÂ slipping into her sheets.
Hoonâ€™s visits become frequent and Byung-sik (Yeo-jeong Yoon), an oldÂ housemaid, reports the affair to Hae-raâ€™s mother Mi-hee (Ji-Young Park), who plots to give Hae-raÂ (Seo Woo) the control over her husband.
Soon Eun-yi miraculously becomes pregnant and wantsÂ to keep the baby. This is discovered by the family and sheâ€™s forced to have an abortion by Mi-heeÂ despite Eun-yiâ€™s plea to let her keep the baby and leave the house.
Mi-heeâ€™s plot backfires whenÂ Hoon scrutinizes her for terminating his child, even if that child is conceived illegitimately. HerÂ forced abortion turns Eun-yiâ€™s mental condition for the worst and she decides to take the matterÂ into her own hands.
The Kids Are All Right
Lisa Cholodenko | 2010 | Comedy, Drama | USA | 107 mins
– Best Feature Film – Teddy Award, 2010 Berlin International Film Festival
– Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, 2011 Golden Globe Awards
– AFI Award, named one of the yearâ€™s 10 Best Films by the American Film Institute
– PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Award for National OutstandingÂ Motion Picture
– Nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards
The most talked-about movie at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and the winner of the TeddyÂ Award for Best Feature Film at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival, The Kids Are All Right isÂ directed by Lisa Cholodenko (High Art, Laurel Canyon) from an original screenplay that she wroteÂ with Stuart Blumberg (Keeping the Faith).
The movie combines comedic surprise with poignantÂ emotional truth in a funny, vibrant, and richly drawn portrait of a modern family. Â Nic and Jules (Julianne Moore) are married and share a cozy suburban Southern California homeÂ with their teenage children, Joni and Laser (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson).
Nic and JulesÂ gave birth to and raised their children, and built a family life for the four of them. As Joni preparesÂ to leave for college, 15-year-old Laser presses her for a big favor. He wants Joni, now 18, to helpÂ him find their biological father; the two teenagers were conceived by artificial insemination.
Against her better judgment, Joni honors her brotherâ€™s request and manages to make contact withÂ â€œbio-dadâ€ Paul (Mark Ruffalo), an easygoing restaurateur. The kids find themselves drawn to theÂ confirmed bachelorâ€™s footloose style â€“ especially in contrast to Nic, a principled doctor who hasÂ long established their house rules.
Jules, who has been looking to start a new career inÂ landscaping, also strikes up a rapport with Paul. As Paul comes into the lives of the forthright four,Â an unexpected new chapter begins for them as family ties are defined, re-defined, and then re-redefined.
Official website: http://www.filminfocus.com/the_kids_are_all_right