The Woman Next Door (La femme à côté) AF
François Truffaut; France, 1981, 106 min
A typically accomplished contemporary domestic drama set in a bourgeois milieu that Truffaut is so good at crafting. In
a provincial town, Gerard Depardieu and his family move in to their new home, only to discover that his newly-married neighbour
(Fanny Ardant) is the woman with whom he had an obsessional affair years earlier. With absolute narrative confidence, Truffaut
recounts this tale of amour fou as the story spirals towards an inevitable tragic dénouement.
Mon 2 Oct 8.30pm
Takeshi Kitano; Japan, 2005, 108 min
;I want audiences to come out of this film not knowing what to say or what to think.; With these words, Kitano launches
into his most personal, original and inventive film to date, where he plays two Takeshis, one basking in the glow of his fame
and other a failed actor. When the latter gets hold of some weapons, he decides to become Takeshi the gangster. Kitano asked
that the film be not judged at face value, rather let the experience of it sink in. Strictly for fans, its Kitano showing
us what he feels we know of him in his films.
Mon 9 Oct 8.30pm
Merci pour le Chocolat
Claude Chabrol; France-Switzerland, 2000, 99 min
This, his 48th feature film, is vintage Chabrol: a thriller filled with intricate plots that wend their way through the
elegant homes of well-heeled French-Swiss characters in the environs of Lausanne, Switzerland. Isabelle Huppert stars as Mika,
the head of a chocolate company; Jacques Dutronc is Andre, her suave, concert pianist husband. When a beautiful young woman
unexpectedly enters their lives, long-held secrets are revealed and facades fall away. Chabrol, the most Hitchcockian of the
New Wave directors, has fashioned a delectable psychological thriller, dripped in darkest Swiss chocolate.
Mon 16 Oct 8.30pm
The Taste of Tea (Cha no aji)
Katsuhito Ishii; Japan, 2004, 143 min
A portrait of a family living in rural Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo. Though her husband is busy working at an office,
Yoshiko is not an ordinary housewife, she's working on an animated film project at home. Uncle Ayano has recently arrived,
looking to get his head together after living in Tokyo for several years. Meanwhile, daughter Sachiko wonders why she seems
to be followed around by a giant version of herself. No elaborate plot, no hidden meanings here: just sit back and revel in
the beautiful photography, the wondrous, awe-inspiring images, and a collection of characters who are themselves pieces of
art and whose idiosyncrasies and hilarity will amuse you throughout. Winner of 12 awards, including Best Feature at the Hawaii
International Film Festival 2004.
Fri 27 Oct 8.00pm