New York, I Love You (DVD)

New York, I Love You (DVD)

           New York, I Love You (DVD)
               Genre: Episode Film
               New York
  There are recipes that are so simple and so plausible that it must be realized easily. For example, even this one, now the thread from Paris, je t’aime, and transatlantic picks up in the Big Apple weiterspinnt. Other parts of the project, which was established under the label of “Cities of Love” are currently being planned, next to follow Jerusalem, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Venice and Timbuktu. In Berlin, ick love you, “we of course have to wait a little while. , Fatih Akin, Yvan Attal, Allen Hughes, Shunji Iwai, Jiang Wen, Shekhar Kapur, Joshua Marston, Mira Nair, Natalie Portman, Brett Ratner and Randall Balsmeyer called the directors who, together with Marina Emmanuel Benbihy Grasic this time has gathered behind the camera. Even the cast is impressive: Andy Garcia, Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Natalie Portman, Irrfan Khan, Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, Maggie Q, Ethan Hawke, James Caan, Olivia Thirlby, Bradley Cooper, Drea De Matteo, Julie Christie , John Hurt, Shia LaBeouf, Ugur Yücel, Shu Qi, Chris Cooper, Robin Wright Penn, Eli Wallach, Cloris Leachman, and many more work in the twelve stories of love in the most exciting cities with the world. Although the filmmakers were free to choose their subjects, there were strict rules to comply, which was to preserve the balance between the individual stories and also to ensure that the end result did not go out of control. It was necessary each of the stories to be linked, each story should be something to do with love with a New York City and have every story should result in a roughly eight-minute episode. In addition to these basic requirements, there were other restrictions on the production. Each of the directors so had exactly two days to put his story with some of his actors and camera people. Then each of the filmmakers up to seven days in the editing room with an editor’s choice were granted, while at the same time the next team has already shot a new episode. And finally, all directors were within their time window with the same costume, scene, and farmers working the identical rest of the team. Unlike with such a rigorous production schedule such a film would have been hardly feasible. The greatest strength of bus projects such as this is also almost always their most obvious weakness: the variety of the different contributions of different directors will almost inevitably to the heterogeneity of the thread will be using a frame story made only with difficulty be. This impression is reinforced by the innovation that the individual episodes are not durcherzählt from beginning to end, but sometimes jumped between the individual segments. The overall result is usually mixed and has a significant quality gap. Also in this regard is New York, I Love You is no exception. To the successful episodes include Brett Ratner’s episode in Central Park, is sacked in the course of a teenager (Anton Yelchin), just before the final ball of his heartless friend. Thank goodness knows the pharmacist Riccoli Frank (James Caan) Council and presented to the unfortunate young man his own daughter (Olivia Thirlby) as a replacement. However, sitting in a wheelchair. Fantastic also Joshua Marston (Maria Full of grace) miniature of an old couple (Eli Wallach and Cloris Leachman), the quarrels of the Brighton Beach boardwalk, the scraps that fly – and yet can not live without each other. Yvan Attal is also remarkable episode to a charming Ripper (Ethan Hawke), the ausbeißt on a strange beauty (Maggie Q) teeth. Unfortunately, not all stories are so successful is how these three, but we entertain pleasant also because of the brevity of the contributions. Even if some of the stories may not be as funny and surprising as Paris, je t’aime appears, the movie at least formally considered harmonious, the differences are in style and production not so much weight affects the whole is more of a piece. This is mainly due to the increasing nesting and interlocking of the individual episodes, the stories of different people can meet, then to switch from one narrative to the next. Although known such associative connections by other episode films like Short Cuts, compared to Paris, je t’aime, but this represents an innovation, and could well establish itself in the following works of “Cities of Love” series as a standard. The flow of the narrative and compelling nature of the film, this does not detract in any case – to the contrary. Total affects New York, I Love You more dynamic, modern and urban than its predecessor. If it was going to succeed or to refine the selection of stories, this format could reap even greater for some. The potential is certainly there. And the way apparently not over yet … (Paul Collmar)
  Title: New York, I Love You (DVD) Country of production: France, USA Year of Production: 2008 Length: 99 ( min) Published at: Concorde Home Entertainment format: 16:9 tone / language: Dolby Digital 5.1 DTS, German, English EAN: ( #) 4010324027849 Extras: Two additional episodes: “These Vagabond Shoes” Scarlett Johansson’s debut as a director with Kevin Bacon in the starring role, “Apocrypha”: From director Andrey Zvyagintsev Others Carla Gugino, Trailer

The love of children

The love of children

           The love of children
               Genre: Drama
               Family relationships, single mother, Single father, Patchwork Family
    It is not the proverbial love at first sight, but from the first tentative approximation approach of the two single parents, Robert and Maren will develop a relationship. Soon Maren moves with her 17 year old daughter Mira to Robert and his son Daniel – a patchwork family, as she stands in the book. Everything seems perfect. Maren Until one day her daughter bursts into the room and finds them naked in bed: with Daniel.   Title: The Love of Children Country of production: , Germany Year of Production: 2009 Length: 83 (Min.) Distribution : 2pilots

Love Song (DVD)

Love Song (DVD)

           Love Song (DVD)
               Genre: Drama, Music Film
               Love relationship, Parkinson
  If it is sung in a movie, then it is usually a cheerful, musicaltaugliche history. Not so in love song by Anne Høegh Krohn. The director tells of a serious, incurable disease with a steadily progressive course: Parkinson’s disease. Does a great love was such a threat? That is the question with which to deal, the singing actress Nicolette Krebitz (Bandits) and the schauspielernde singer Jan Plewka (of the band Blessed) in the specially written songs for this film. Dinah and Roger are a couple, as can be found only on the screen. For nine years they live together and love each other as on the first day. They have two children, a non-paid semi-detached and dancing as a hobby. The luck could turn forever so on, if not there would be Roger’s hands, the tremor is not to hide some more. The movie takes the theme quite serious illness. The suffering has been investigated seriously. And it is one of the most touching scenes are when we Roger agonizingly long freezes on the road to see, totally helpless, unable to move. Not only the well-known tremor is one of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Much more serious is shown in the film rigidity, the regular freezing of the body to cope with the Rogers wife Dinah and children extremely difficult. Equally serious as the disease takes the film the entertaining element of the song and dance routines. They are filmed in part, such as music clips (albeit in a moderate cutting frequency): for himself standing units that separate themselves from the rest of the film aesthetic by their artificial nature sharp. As the body fly through the blue sky, as Roger quilting on a stage as Fred Astaire would be resurrected. In the largely self-composed and written songs in Nico Krebitz and Jan Plewka have placed noticeably flat out. The two harmonize well and offer their fans a lot for the eye and ear. The only difficult thing is to get the sugary scenes with the tragic history together. Obviously, the idea was godfather, with music that everything is easier. Somehow we have to because of, seems to think the pair, ie an end to the sadness and preferred times hummed a few bars, including lines like “just you and me” or “breaks when the world, I love you” the good- mood-purpose seem holy. True, the singing sequences in the film keep a balance so that the whole is not too sad. But this balance is the discordant, the scales do not fit together easily. The targeted loans from the Bollywood movie seem like a denial – as if to repress that one or two seconds before had been watching the suicide attempt. And if you have just started to enjoy a duet of the stars, the film makes prompt a guilty conscience: How can you have fun only so if it goes to the hero so dirty? As one longs Pure Genre: if already musical, then right. (Peter Gutting)
  Title: Love Song (DVD) Country of production: , Germany Year of Production: 2009 Length: 91 (Min.) Published at: Zorro film format: 16:9 tone / language: Dolby Digital 2.0, German EAN: 4047179484381 Extras: No

Eat Pray Love

Eat Pray Love

           Eat Pray Love
               Genre: Drama
               India, food, travel, divorce, self-discovery, Italy, meditation, Bali
    Liz Gilbert had everything dream of a woman – could one man, a house, a successful career. Nevertheless, she felt sichverloren and aimless. When her marriage fails, Liz is at a crossroads: She decides to risk everything and leave her old life behind, she sets off by a trip around the world. In Italy, they discovered the art of enjoying and what a great pleasure to prepare a good meal. In India, she gets to know the power of meditation and in Bali, she learns, finally, that true love, inner peace and balance brought.   Title: Eat Pray Love Country of production: USA Production year: 2010 Distribution: Sony Pictures Releasing

Tandoori Love

Tandoori Love

           Tandoori Love
               Genre: Comedy
               Actress, Switzerland, restaurant, cook, waitress, Bollywood
  Bollywood cinema is for kitsch, bright colors, unrealistic love stories and generous singing and dancing to Indian pop music. If you export this package to Switzerland, spiced with a pinch of Alpine costumes and dazugibt European sobriety, then one has the plot of Tandoori Love. Whether that works? With very small smears. Sonja (Lavinia Wilson) and her fiance, Mark (Martin Schick) lead a traditional coaching inn, the “deer” in the Swiss Alps, by the emergence of the Indian chef Rajah (Vijay Raaz device) very upset and replaced by new culinary flair. But as an Indian comes into the Berger Oberland? The solution is ready at hand: An Indian film crew to the unconventional Diva Priya (Shweta Agarwal) just shooting a Bollywood Schmonzette against the picturesque backdrop of snowcapped mountains and now misses his cooking. Naturally, Priya can not work without her personal chef and begins the frantic search for the descendant. Who has the “deer” cozy, after he has fallen head over heels in the supermarket Sonja and she tries to impress with his culinary skills from a Marriage. What he does not know is that Mark him a step ahead and has already ordered the squad. Sonja is torn between the two men, and can decide only with difficulty. Meanwhile, following the community happy but confused the diet change, which has now instead of hash browns and Zurich Sliced spicy curry and chutney. Bring to Bollywood-style leads to a dramatic finale, in which Sonja decides for the one and only Mr. Right … black The combination of ultrakitschigem Bollywood cinema and the equally kitschy Swiss mountains with the quirks of Swiss and Indian individuals, which are sometimes exaggerated cliché, and a good dose of humor make a total of at Tandoori love for a fun and entertaining cinematic experience. The colors of Indian clothing rises magnificently from the snowy mountains and down the green meadows, forming an unusual cultural mix that exists in actual reality. Switzerland is a coveted tourist destination for many Indians, and the Indian film industry here has already turned some stripes. So it is not surprising that Oliver Paul’s passion for Bollywood and his Swiss roots, has combined in this film. His dictum is: More trash! And there is an abundance of love in Tandoori. But not only, but also many funny details, such as, for example, the Pug from Grandma Rosmarie (Verena Zimmermann), the buckled for unknown reasons, a walker and tortured by the scenery. In addition to kitsch and comedy may be missing the dancing is not, though at the choreography in places lacking in the implementation, which may be due to the semi-professional status of the dancers. But if you as a spectator demands something herunterschraubt, one can forgive the deficit slightly, because in return, provide the crisp Food Details in the kitchen and the extraordinary close-ups of food preparation to ensure that one’s mouth water runs together and show Vegetables , meat & Co at its best, that is extremely sensual side. Only the selection of the main character Rajah seems somewhat unsuccessful, because Vijay Raaz looks pretty devious and is more of a prototype of a crook than that of a sensual lover. Prerequisite to like the movie is a certain affinity to the Alps and romances Bollywood kitsch. Then if you can still some glitches in the script aside and squeezing at the dance choreographies one eye, then Tandoori absolutely love an entertaining comedy that makes for some amusement. (Silvy Pommerenke)
  Title: Tandoori Love Country of production: Switzerland Year of Production: 2008 Length: 92 (Min.) Distribution: ( #) Arsenal Film Distribution

Love Ranch

Love Ranch

           Love Ranch
               Genre: Drama
               Murder, triangle, 1970, brothel, Boxer
    Grace and Charlie Bontempo Bontempo founded in the 1970s, the first legal brothel in the state of Nevada – a proverbial gold mine. Charlie plans to pit a second leg to set up entrepreneurial and hires the emphasis Armando Bruza, who now trains at the “Love Ranch” to the Bontempos. When, between Grace and Armando escalates developed a passionate affair of the situation.   Title: Love Ranch Country of production: USA Production year: 2010

If love were easy (DVD)

If love were easy (DVD)

           If love were easy (DVD)
               Genre: Comedy, Romance
               Love, New York, divorce, love triangle
  Happy is he who has such concerns: For ten years, Jane Adler (Meryl Streep) is the successful owner of a shop for exclusive goodies, already by her ex-husband Jake (Alec Baldwin) divorced. Jake had once because of the younger Agness (Lake Bell), apart from his wife and three children shared, today, the wounds healed but largely, you can even meet each other at parties, without that this would leave too unpleasant feelings. In addition, interacts with the gorgeous shy architect Adam (Steve Martin), a new man into Jane’s life, she not only reads all the architectural requirements of the eyes. But then, in celebration of the exams of his son and several bottles of wine, Jane and Jake end up in New York together in bed – and secretly begin an affair. But as we say it to our children? And is it really possible that new after ten years of separation, the old love inflamed or is it all just a flash in the pan and the charm of the familiar? Soon to be both their feelings no longer safe and have their hands full, complicated affair before their own children, the new wife Jakes and Adam to hide … To which target group is Nancy Meyers, with her new film, if love were as simple addresses, there’s no doubt: There are mainly women in their fifties and upwards, if Jane down together in the evening with her friends in salad and wine and chats, one feels sometimes to the ladies round of Sex and the City recalls – but 20 years later. Of course, it goes to the men and also (in homeopathic doses) about sex, but one gets the impression that all this has long ceased to be important as in previous years. Because all these women have made their experiences with the men because they have come to terms with the death or divorce, and because they have learned it as representatives of the privileged upper middle class, even without a man at her side to enjoy life. And should be “Mr. Right” but still randomly turn around the corner, which normally provides for no more crises and breakdowns as before. Perhaps it is also this impression, this attitude that makes Jane’s love troubles are not always credible. Because we know that this woman can really shake anything. Be honest: we envy deeply about this serenity. And their ability to still follow their impulses and emotions. Because the love beyond the stereotypes of the Fifty Nancy Meyers is primarily through the stomach, turns here much no more about sex, but particularly about food and about drinking. “Food is the sex of the age,” says a cheeky quip and if the love would be easy this trite cliche seems to confirm. When Jake is back after several years in the circle of his former family is, he first praises Janes cooking. Even otherwise fills the ever-graying and some of the glue gone Alec Baldwin over the entire duration of the movie filled with all sorts of goodies – just as if the director explained why the Beau of the past today is more like a cuddly bear lumbering piece rather than a sex symbol. Jake’s opponent, who is also divorced architect Adam (Steve Martin), the Jane’s delightful property is provided with a growing and a crush during the planning phase to the building owner, will remain for much of the film rather pale and acts with its reduced expression as a multiple revamped mask of the well-meaning any plastic surgeon too wild grimaces has strictly prohibited. Only after Jane and Adam herumkichern vollgekifft during a party silly, is Martin’s comedic talent noticeable and makes for one of the few genuine laughs in this soft-Romantic Comedy, which one is in a different setting and with a different cast as well in the private German television as ” TV can imagine the week “. Not least because of the fact that complications occur in this film an all too familiar and all, despite the assertion that the complexity of the entanglement but are, in the end everything dissolves into thin air. Dignified equipped and directed sound is If love were easy, above all something for all fans of Nancy Meyers – even if other works by the “Queen of ROMCOM” (Something’s Gotta Give, What Women Want, Love needs The Holiday) take the pulse of the times better than this then quite predictable film. And last but not least is the film for those who can enjoy the beautiful decorations, such as from a magazine for elegant country house style, picture-familiar problems and courses of action without too much right. If you like it then but a little surprising and non-stereotyped, which is certainly better off in other films. Entertainment cinema of the light variety for the Generation 50Plus. (Joachim Kurz)
  Title: If love were easy (DVD) Original Title: It’s Complicated Country of production: USA Production year: 2009 Length: 115 (Min.) Published at: Universal format: 16:9 tone / language: Dolby Digital 5.1, German, English (# ) EAN: 5050582760620 Extras: Audio commentary with producer / writer / director Nancy Meyers, executive producer Suzanne Farwell, director of photography John Toll (ASC) and editor Joe Hutshing (ACE)

Thou shalt not love

Thou shalt not love

           Thou shalt not love
               Genre: Drama
               Judaism, Homosexuality, Cannes 2009, Jerusalem
  Aaron Fleischmann introduces unagitated life right in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem, which is designated by the butchery of his father, his family and the prayers in the community. This changes abruptly when one day the young student Ezri in his business and finally enters into his heart. It can not be, what must not: Aaron is between homosexuality and his faith torn. The district in which Aaron (Zohar Shtrauss) lives with his wife and four children, has his eyes everywhere. Social control in the ultra-Orthodox community is inexorable, and every misstep, every supposed sin is punished. Come here immediately rush the rabbis and Torah students in order to stifle any form of individual life in the bud. So far, Aaron was an acclaimed member of this series, but when the younger Ezri (Ran Danker) is looking for a job enters his butcher, comes from Aaron’s life apart. From the moment there is a shimmering tension between the two men, but she heroically (not give in yet). Aaron offers Ezri work and a bed in the business and soon discovers that the student has been excluded already from another town because of his homosexuality. The experience and the relentless moralist and the two men is the air we breathe is tightening. However, they are secretly a love relationship, and Aaron is increasingly drawn into the conflict, that this form of love is not with his faith and not to agree with his marriage. The pressure on the gay couple is getting bigger, until it comes to the brutal attack on Ezri … Haim Tabakman has with you shall not love a sensitive issue adopted, with whom he is in the ultra-Orthodox circles, no friends should do. The more important it is that he has made this bold step yet, because he addresses not only the taboo subject of homosexuality, but tells a side story that heterosexuals are just as by the exclusion of risk from the community if they do not behave Compliant. Here, the double standard that is probably part of every form of faith, clearly. On the one hand is preached to love one’s neighbor, on the other hand, anyone who deviates from the prescribed norms sanctioned. The conflict, which is Aaron is, of Tabakman worked out intensively and Zohar Strauss impressively, because for him, it means the relationship with Ezri not only a religious conflict, but he is attending, his destruction of hitherto functioning marriage, and he risks the exclusion from the community. Ezri, played by the not only beautiful but extremely brilliant singer, actor and model Ran Danker photo is in these relationships are much freer, because neither he is married, yet it can shock a community exclusion. Who is not one, can not be excluded. However, it is never up for discussion for both men to abandon their faith, but they try to combine love and faith with each other. This could also work if there were not people with their narrow-minded morality. In leaden snapshots, which in its calmness and detachment are sometimes hardly to be endured, are transported to inner conflict and the fears of the two men most painful again. Almost like in a Spartan-equipped theater, the emotion shown without much showmanship and addressed to the attention of the viewer to the two fantastic actor whose physical desire to sin condemned, but it is deeply human yet, and Aaron came to the conclusion is: ” I need it simple. I was dead – now I’m alive. ” Haim Tabakman hopes with you shall not love a controversy in the Jewish communities. He will get for sure. Whether the film is, however, contribute to the development of ultra-Orthodox communities, remains questionable. (Silvy Pommerenke)
  Title: Thou shalt not love Original Title: Einaym Pkuhot Country of production: Germany, France, Israel Year of Production: 2009 Length: 90 (Min.) Distribution: Salzgeber

This is Love (DVD)

This is Love (DVD)

           This is Love (DVD)
               Genre: Drama
               Love, loneliness, police officer, kidnapping, Saigon brothel, interrogation
  Such interrogation scenes are rare in cinema: the suspect is an accomplice, the interviewee turns the tables and determine what happened suddenly. In Matthias Glasner’s crime is one of the extraordinary meeting of two lost souls of the most impressive scenes. His film convinced elegantly by the nested narrative. It should, however, due to manner in which he treats the subject of pedophilia, create controversy. (# This tells) Love is three stories in one. The first is the meeting of Commissioner Maggie (Corinna Harfouch) and Chris (Jens Albinus) who is under suspicion as a murderer and child molester and wanted to kill himself now. On the other hand there are the hidden story of Chris and the hidden story of Maggie, which are unraveled in many flashbacks. Maggie has been abandoned 16 years ago by her husband, unexpectedly and seemingly without reason. Chris buys into Vietnam child prostitutes from their pimps free and flogged off the girls to adoptive parents in Germany. But it is clear from the first scene that hides behind this business longer. Chris apparently mollified by the “good” deeds of a guilty conscience. Since puberty, he felt a desire that he has to kill at any cost in itself. What has happened so before that night in which Chris was racing with suicidal intent in a truck, in his apartment was a dead man and disappeared from Vietnam nine years ransomed Jenjira? This we learn in the most exciting way: in a cleverly woven, naturally into one another gliding narrative structure. Matthias Glasner relies on the layer beneath the surface on which the two stories together melts and so the time frames in its own logic linked, making it even counterproductive seems to think about where you are now and how the one with the other related. Suffice it to drift from the river of the images. The connecting theme is related to the damage of the two main characters. Each track their way, a desire that must be suppressed because it brings too much pain with it. Both characters are like the living dead, crushed by disappointments and rejections. This makes some allies in the interrogation room: two people treat each other by each of them tells a story that has never heard of someone. This takes place against considerable resistance, and is repeatedly interrupted by anger and despair. Here succeed scenes of intense power, with unusual settings and careful exploration of faces and objects, almost as if you had exposed the camera to the unknown terrain, and it should now find their way in a kind of minefield. But the strength of the thematic merger poses a problem as the other side: the love between adults is placed on the same level as the love of an adult to a child. This is a balancing act that brings some dangers with it and maybe leave a stale aftertaste. Similar to Glasner’s The Free Will is about sexual misconduct. There is a rape, here it is the sexuality of a nine year old that always lurks in the background, even though Chris has his impulses under control. That you can see in this presentation an attempt to play down pedophile tendencies, but does not in the excellent actor performances. The Dane Jens Albinus, who has worked in various Lars von Trier films with (among others in Dancer in the Dark and idiots), shines in a sad figure, who has just so much to say because it is silent most of the time. And Corinna Harfouch, who last played in the whiskey and vodka, the strong woman that we know of their characters, shows an enormous range. She is so “tough” as in many of their other roles, but also immensely hurt and wounded. The very first scene where she meets completely drunk on their adult daughter, is an acting revelation. (Peter Gutting)
  Title: This is Love (DVD) Country of production: , Germany Year of Production: 2009 Length: 106 (Min.) (# ) Published at: format: 16:9 tone / language: Dolby Digital 5.1, German EAN: 4006680048581 (# ) Extras: Deleted Scenes (40 min), audio commentary, photo gallery, interviews, trailers, turn cover

Wounds of love – TV-Tip of the Week

Wounds of love - TV-Tip of the Week

           Wounds of love – TV-Tip of the Week
               Genre: Drama, love story
               School, corruption, China, Gang
  That love can also cause excruciating pain, not only emotional, but real physical, this Chinese feature film debut of Zhuang Yuxin described as unemotional as to its oppressive ways. Wounds of love from the year 2006 draws to the social background of China in the period after the era of so-called Cultural Revolution, Mao Zedong’s portrait of a complicated young woman on the thorny paths of the first intimate encounters with the opposite sex. It seems cool, calculating, and brooks no contradiction: the pretty Yehong Qian (Yan Bingyan) leads to her school in Beijing, a tough girl gang. Your classmates serious Xuesong (Chi Jia), though secretly in love with the rough girls, but it offers the public the forehead. As he confesses in a letter his affection, Yehong uses the occasion to make him ridiculous before the whole class. Deeply hurt Xuesong Yehong attacked with a rock, causing her to turn for revenge. Within the hostile interactions between Xuesong Yehongs and the course it eventually comes to a tragic accident plunges the girl into powerful feelings of guilt … Yehong is in the course of the film to do two more relations that run along close to the pain in its many manifestations, without their longing for intimacy will meet in the end. The fate of the girl managed corresponds with the social development of China in the decade 1977-1987, which was marked by upheaval at the same time, disorientation, and still powerfully present state arbitrariness and corruption. It is the relentless brutality of the representation on the one hand, and the subtly staged emotionality on the other hand, the wounds of love can be an intense drama about the power and powerlessness of love, shines in particular the young actress who has been rewarded for 2007 with the Golden Rooster. (Mary Anderson)
  Title: wounds of love – TV-Tip of the Week Original Title: Ai qing de ya chi Country of production: , China Year of Production: 2006 ( #) Length: 109 (Min.)