2009. 11.20 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESBroken Embraces (18)
Drama, Romance / 127 / Spanish
Spanish director Pedro Almodovar returns with another dangerous love story. Told in a series of flashbacks, “Broken Embraces,” or “Los Abrazos Rotos,” tells a tragic tale of fate, jealousy, abuse of power, betrayal and guilt. The blind writer Mateo Blanco goes by the pen name Harry Caine (Lluis Homar) and lives with his personal assistant and her adult son. Before the accident that blinded him, Mateo was involved with Lena (Penelope Cruz), a beautiful aspiring actress. We meet her in the first flashback to 1994, where we see Lena living in a loveless relationship with a millionaire financier, Ernesto Martel (Jose Luis Gomez). Eventually, Lena and Mateo begin a passionate affair that ends with a series of lies and regret.
Veronika Decides to Die (15)
Drama / 102 / English
To the people around her, Veronika (Sarah Michelle Gellar), a woman in her mid-20s, seems to have the perfect life: a stable job, good looks and a promising future. When she decides to end her own life, she is unsuccessful and wakes up in a mental hospital, where she finds out that she has a weakened heart and only has a short time to live. With the little time she has left, she begins to rediscover what it means to live and goes through a life-changing experience with those around her. Directed by Emily Young, the film was adapted from the novel written by Brazilian author Paulo Coehlo.
Romance / 92 / Korean
When an extremely rich widow, Han Ji-yeong (Lee Su-kyeong), meets Ryu Sang-woo (Ahn Jae-wook) at a ski resort they instantly become attracted to each other. Han falls for Ryu, who Han thinks is rich enough to not want her for her money. What she doesn’t know is that Ryu, who passed himself off as the CEO of an art exhibition company, is actually a con artist who has no money.
Fortunately, Han’s friend Oh Seong-hye (Kang Hye-jung), who is always by her side, is skeptical of Ryu, and finds out that he is actually plotting to steal a valuable painting. Ryu, who realizes Oh is becoming an obstacle, starts to follow her. Oh is actually fully aware of what’s going on and promises not to reveal his secret if he lets her in on his plans.
Rabbit Without Ears (Keinohrhasen) (18)
Comedy, Romance / 115 / German
This German romantic comedy centers around Berlin-based tabloid reporter Ludo Decker (Til Schweiger) and his sidekick photographer Moritz (Matthias Schweighofer) whose daily routines revolve around spying on celebrities and sexual encounters. When he’s sent to report on a wedding engagement party of a heavyweight boxer, Ludo causes a scene by literally crashing their party and as a consequence is sentenced to community service at a day care center. Here, he meets the manager, Anna Gotzlowski (Nora Tschirner), who used to go to the same school as Ludo and was once teased by him as well. As the tables have now turned, she gets her revenge by giving him humiliating tasks to complete. Amid the tension, Anna starts to warm up to Ludo and a roller-coaster romance between the two begins.
Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi / 157 / English
When word of mass suicide in the Mayan jungles gets out, a secret organization begins to build survival arks beneath the Himalayan Mountains to save the human race. When arguments about who will survive and how becomes an issue, the government must find a way to get everyone to the ships before the global cataclysm wipes everything and everyone out. The plot centers around the prediction made by the Mayan Long Count Calendar signaling the end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012, and a group of survivors, including Jackson Curtis (John Cusack), who is a science fiction writer and occasional limousine driver. Jackson isn’t convinced about what the government tells them and knows that the apocalypse is near. He and his family must find a way to get onto the arks before it’s too late.
The Time Traveler’s Wife (12)
Drama, Romance / 107 / English
Based on Audrey Niffenegger’s 2003 novel, “The Time Traveler’s Wife” stars Eric Bana as Henry, a Chicago librarian who has a genetic disorder that causes him to travel through time at unpredictable and random times.
His wife, Clare, played by Rachel McAdams, struggles to keep up with Henry’s constant, random and often dangerous disappearances.
The film simultaneously mixes science fiction and romance, investigates the mysteries of love and answers existential questions on miscommunication in relationships.
These synopses were culled from http://www.imdb.com and http://movie.naver.com.