IMMORTAL BELOVED
1994, Sony Repertory, 121 min, UK/USA, Dir: Bernard Rose

After Ludwig van Beethoven’s death in 1827, a three-part love letter was discovered in his papers addressed to an unnamed “immortal beloved,” and the quest to identify her drives this moving drama. Gary Oldman is superb as the legendary composer, and Isabella Rossellini, Johanna ter Steege and Valeria Golino are equally fine as possible objects of Beethoven’s affection. Featuring sumptuous production design and some of the most beautiful classical music ever written, writer-director Rose’s rumination on the mysteries of love is a feast for the senses.


TWO LOVERS
2008, Magnolia Pictures, 108 min, USA, Dir: James Gray

Director James Gray reunites with Joaquin Phoenix (star of the director's THE YARDS and WE OWN THE NIGHT) for a romantic drama about the impetuousness of desire vs. the comfort of love. Phoenix plays Leonard, an emotionally wounded man torn between two women: Michelle (Gwyneth Paltrow), a mysterious and beautiful neighbor, and Sandra, the lovely and caring daughter of a businessman who is buying out his family's dry-cleaning business. Leonard becomes deeply infatuated with Michelle at the same time that mounting pressure from his family pushes him toward committing to Sandra, forcing him into an impossible decision. With Vinessa Shaw, Isabella Rossellini, John Ortiz and Moni Moshonov.


THE ZIGZAG KID
2012, 90 min, Belgium, Dir: Vincent Bal

Nono (newcomer Thomas Simon), the son of the world’s greatest police inspector, is on a train trip to see his boring uncle when adventure calls. He meets his father’s arch-nemesis, notorious criminal Felix Glick, and puts his detective skills to work, wearing disguises and evading police as he heads to the French Riviera, where Felix introduces Nono to seductive nightclub chanteuse Lola Ciperola (Isabella Rossellini). With only twenty-four hours to go before his Bar Mitzvah, Nono must complete his high-stakes mission – while also confronting the mystery of his own identity and the truth about the mother he has never known. Based on the coming-of-age novel by Israeli writer David Grossman, The THE ZIGZAG KID is a stylish, witty, action-packed caper a la THE PINK PANTHER that also touches on more serious themes of self-discovery, the strength of family, and acceptance. Recommended Ages: 8 and up. In English, Dutch and French with English subtitles.


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