2012.12.28 NOW Playing
Drama, Romance / 120 / Korean
Director Jeong Ki-hun’s “Love 911” tells the story of a firefighter named Kang-il (Go Soo) who lost his wife while saving others in a fire. He runs into Mi-soo (Han Hyo-joo), who faces trouble in her life because of a medical malpractice lawsuit. Mi-soo works as a medical first responder who accompanies the firefighters and runs into Kang-il at the scene of an accident. Mi-soo follows Kang-il everywhere he goes and expresses an interest in him. But Kang-il is still struggling to overcome the loss of his wife. He treats Mi-soo’s son poorly at first but slowly opens his mind to the idea of a relationship. The melodrama explores how the two - who have mental wounds of their own - work through their troubles, healing each others’ painful memories.
Comedy, Romance/ 93 / French
“The Fairy” is the third installment of a series of clownish comedies created by Belgian Dominique Abel, Canadian Fiona Gordon and Frenchman Bruno Romy. It tells the bizarre story of a hotel clerk who sets out on a quest to find the fairy who granted two of his three wishes before disappearing.
Dom (Dominique Abel) works the night shift at a small hotel near the sea port of Le Havre, France. On one rainy night, a woman (Fiona Gordon) walks up to his front desk with no shoes or luggage claiming she is a fairy and offers to grant him three wishes. He makes two, but doesn’t rush his third wish.
At one point, Fiona saves Dom’s life and throughout the day, the two share a fantastic time that is cut short. The next day, Fiona vanishes from sight. In his search for Fiona, Dom discovers several shocking revelations and their adventures slowly unravel.
There are amusing moments in the film, including a pregnant belly that swells up and deflates like a balloon. Expect various dancing interludes and pantomime pranks.
Peter Debruge of Variety Reviews commended the work as “deliriously droll confection .?.?. ensuring a steady stream of laughs.”
Les Miserables (12)
Drama, Musical / 158 / English
Brace yourself for a cinematic musical experience of a lifetime. Victor Hugo’s epic tale and beloved global stage sensation “Les Miserables” is now adapted into a motion picture. In 19th-century France, stealing a loaf of bread places Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) in prison for 19 years. Valjean is on the run from a ruthless police inspector, Javert (Russell Crowe), for breaking parole. As an ex-convict, he is refused shelter until a kind Bishop Myriel saves him in exchange for his promise to be an honest man. Valjean masks his identity to live a completely changed life under a pseudonym. His life is reformed forever when he agrees to care for a factory worker, Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway) daughter Cosette. He learns to love as the bitterness of years of injustice melt away.
Now his sole reason for hiding and evading Javert is to protect Cosette.
Drama, Romance / 127 / French
The harmonious marriage of Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) and Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is suddenly altered by a life-changing event. The elderly couple had enjoyed life in their 80s by sharing their love of art as retired music teachers. But one day, Anne becomes suddenly silent after she suffers a series of strokes. When the subsequent surgery goes wrong, Anne is left partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Her physical condition requires her husband’s assistance. Their daughter Eva (Isabelle Huppert) lives abroad and is unable to make frequent visits, but wishes her mother would enter a hospice. Despite Eva’s requests, Georges is determined not to break his promise to take care of Anne himself, regardless of the strain it puts on him to do so. Love is put to the test as a man is forced to witness his love weaken before his eyes, and she is powerless to stop it, wanting nothing more than to unburden the love who has been faithful to her over the years.
French drama “Amour” won four out of six nominated categories at the 25th European Film Awards, including best film and best director for Michael Haneke.
Action, Drama/ 113 / English
Director Renny Harlin of “Die Hard 2” is back on the big screen with “5 Days of War,” also known as “5 Days of August.”
The drama centers on the 2008 Russia-Georgia crisis, also referred to as the South Ossetia War.
Freelance American war correspondent Thomas Anders (Rupert Friend), his cameraman Sebastian Ganz (Richard Coyle) and a young Georgian find themselves caught in the crossfire. The three attempt to escape to safety only to witness attacks and explosions. They document the catastrophe to alert a world distracted by the Beijing Olympics.
Some critics have condemned the film for its lack of information on the longstanding conflict between the two countries, zooming in on Georgia’s perspective of the conflict rather than Russia’s, presenting only a small picture of the tensions between the two countries.
What it doesn’t lack are explosions and battle sequences.
Drama, Romance/ 137 / English, Danish
“A Royal Affair” is a fascinating tragedy depicting a love affair in the 18th century at the court of the mentally ill King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Folsgaard) of Denmark.
At a young age of 15, English princess Caroline Mathilde (Alicia Vikander) is forced to marry the mad Danish King for political purposes. Soon she finds the king to be petulant, immature and politically ineffective. His mental illness is soon so severe that a full-time German physician, Johann Friedrich Strueness (Mads Mikkelsen), is assigned to take care of him. Though she initially despises Strueness, their shared passion for Enlightment ideas and philosophy strengthens their relationship.
In a country where Enlightment theoires are banned, the two decide to influence the king’s decision-making for the good of the country. But their relationship creates something more dangerous as they become attracted to each other and start a clandestine affair - an affair that changed the nation forever.
One Day (15)
Drama, Romance / 107 / English
Adapted from David Nicholl’s 2009 novel of the same name, “One Day” depicts two people whose lives intersect for 20 years.
On July 15, 1988, two happily drunk college graduates, Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess), encounter each other.
After their one night love affair, they decide to remain friends. Their lives cannot be any more different. Ambitious Emma strives to fulfill her dream of making the world a better place and ultimately become a writer.
On the other hand, affluent and popular Dexter basks in the presence of women, working as a television presenter on a raucous late-night television show.