Films in ‘critics' choice’
La vie nouvellePhilippe Grandrieux IFFR 2003
A young man's obsession for a prostitute takes him into a perverse underworld. Again a dark and alarming film by the maker of Sombre. Threat and violence are continuously tangible. Chosen by Jonathan Romney, The Independent on Sunday.
HomeKobayashi Takahiro IFFR 2003
The camera as family therapist. Film student Kobayashi made an award-winning portrait of his own dysfunctional family, with e.g. a brother who locked himself in his room for seven years. Chosen by Fukatsu Junko, Asahi Shimbun.
Mon-rak TransistorPen-ek Ratanaruang IFFR 2003 115′
Light-footed and charming sequel to 6ixty9 is a stylised retro-romantic melodrama, bitter-sweet comedy and musical with beautiful kitsch songs all in one. Two lovers get separated, by chance and circumstances. Chosen by Chuck Stephens, Film Comment.
24 Hour Party PeopleMichael Winterbottom IFFR 2003 112′
Funny and ironic, but loving film about the rise and fall of the Hacienda, and with it the Manchester music scene from Joy Division to The Happy Mondays. With a beautiful confident leading role by Steve Coogan as Tony Wilson, the man behind the scenes. Chosen by Hans Beerekamp, NRC Handelsblad.