seems to have an idyllic life; she’s the perfect Caucasian
housewife for Andrew, her successful Asian American husband.
Their relationship is put to the test, though, when she can’t
conceive a child. To save her marriage, Sophie does something
She initiates a bold and clandestine venture with Jihah, an
illegal immigrant from Korea. Sophie soon finds this new
arrangement spiralling into a situation that may actually
destroy what it was meant to liberate. In Never Forever,
writer/director Gina Kim arranges every shot with a calculating
eye, building a step-by-step urgency. Her story is rich and her
filmmaking lean and precise.
Kim creates the perfect tone, right down to a climate of extreme
repression where the sexual energy is nearly combustible. The
insightful art direction and costume design are marvelously
refined for an independent film. And Vera Farmiga’s incredible
performance as Sophie is a true gift. Her ethereal beauty -
crystal blue eyes and porcelain skin - gives her the appearance
of a rare doll, which isn’t too far from the pampered existence
she represents. As the perfect counterpart to two gifted leading
men, her mastery of Sophie’s gradual transformation makes Never
Forever an unforgettable cinematic experience.
The Accidental Husband
is a romantic comedy starring Uma Thurman and Jeffrey Dean
Morgan. It also stars Colin Firth, Isabella Rossellini and Sam
Shepard, directed by Griffin Dunne. The film is written by Mimi
Hare and Clare Naylor and Bonnie Sikowitz.
New York firefighter Patrick Sullivan had no idea his seemingly
idyllic life was about to go up in smoke – especially as the
unwitting, second-hand recipient of advice from famed love
expert and radio host Dr. Emma Lloyd. One day he is a happy
go-lucky guy looking forward to a life with his
soon-to-be-bride. The next thing you know, his fiancée Sophia (Justina
Machado) is seeking couples counselling on the radio from Dr.
The no-nonsense, ever practical Dr. Lloyd questions Sophia’s
concept of romantic love and advises her to break their
engagement, which she swiftly does. But when Patrick and his
computer-savvy neighbour decide to give Dr. Lloyd a taste of her
own medicine and “accidentally” join them in holy matrimony –
something that doesn’t go over too well with her fiancé (played
by Firth) - it isn’t long before they learn that sometimes even
an expert in love needs a second opinion.
Wuthering Heights (1992)
Kosminksy directed this faithful adaptation of the Emily Bronte
classic. Ralph Fiennes has the role of Heathcliff, a wanderer
adopted by the father of Cathy (Juliette Binoche), “a wild slip
of a girl.”
Heathcliffe is looked down upon by his stepbrothers and becomes
a servant. He is further crushed when Cathy, the love of his
life, marries another man – since to marry a servant would be
the ultimate in humiliation for her. Heathcliffe disappears for
a number a years but then returns, revenge and hatred for
Cathy’s family the only thing on his mind.
In the Land of Women
the Land of Women is a surprisingly sombre yet funny
coming-of-age tale from director Jonathan Kasdan, and stars Adam
Brody in a role not too different from his beloved Seth Cohen on
the night-time teen soap The O.C.
Brody, playing a character his own age, breezily inhabits
Carter, a loveable but somewhat directionless screenwriter (if
you count soft-core porn films) who is dumped by his beautiful
but shallow starlet girlfriend Sofia at the start of the film.
In crisis mode, he packs up and heads to the Detroit suburb
where his senile grandmother (Olympia Dukakis) lives, in an
attempt to help her out and get some perspective. While
desperately trying to make sense of his grandmother’s incoherent
ramblings, Carter slaves away at a long-coming screenplay and
creates confusing friendships with the mother (Meg Ryan) and
daughter (Kristen Stewart) next door.
While the film sometimes seems to be grasping for something it
can’t quite find, it is entertaining throughout, especially for
fans of Brody. Thanks to some clever dialogue, quirky
characters, and Brody’s oddball line delivery, In the Land of
Women manages to get more than a few laughs.
That said, the film also deals with serious issues like sickness
and death in a light-hearted way. Ryan and Stewart both add
depth to what could be one-dimensional characters, and while
Brody’s performance doesn’t feel like much of a stretch, it’s
nice to see the actor moving towards some slightly more adult
Kasdan packs the film to the brim with indie pop songs,
providing a hip soundtrack for a story that feels contemporary
by refusing to fit the traditional romantic-comedy mould.