THE BIG BLUE
LE GRAND BLEU
1988, Gaumont, 138 min, France, Dir: Luc Besson

Sea lover Luc Besson lets his devotion to all things oceanic, particularly the experience of diving, run the full gamut of emotions here, making the water a character in and of itself. His very personal film is part mystical quest, part bittersweet romantic comedy, with Jacques (Jean-Marc Barr), who lost his diver father to the ocean, obsessed with proving himself more dolphin than man. Johanna (Rosanna Arquette) meets and falls in love with him while she is on a trip to Peru. She begins to follow Jacques on his mission, journeying to Taormina, Italy, where he will compete against childhood friend Enzo (Jean Reno) for a deep-sea free-diving championship (diving without oxygen tanks). “The real star of the film, however, is the third corner of the love triangle, the sea itself. Sumptuously captured by Besson's camera, and brought to life by Eric Serra's haunting score, it is sometimes beautiful and calm, other times dark and threatening. … There are so many reasons to love this film, and an opportunity to catch it in all its soaring majesty on the big screen should not be missed.” – Ben Stephens, Edinburgh University Film Society.


RAPA NUI
1994, Warner Bros., 107 min, USA, Dir: Kevin Reynolds

The enigmatic stone statues of Polynesia’s Easter Island have intrigued observers for centuries; this underrated drama offers a speculative look at the civilization that created them. Jason Scott Lee and Esai Morales play former friends turned rivals for the hand of Sandrine Holt in a society split by class differences and facing environmental collapse. Filled with stunning scenery, and featuring music by Stewart Copeland of The Police.


BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY
1991, Park Circus/MGM, 93 min, USA, Dir: Peter Hewitt

As their saga continues, Bill & Ted have created a utopia through music - but it’s threatened when a malcontent (Joss Ackland) sends evil robotic versions of the two back through time to sabotage their pivotal performance at the San Dimas Battle of the Bands. Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves and George Carlin reprise their roles in this even more surreal sequel to EXCELLENT ADVENTURE.


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