Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
THE GAME OF TRUTH
IGRA V PRAVDU
Dir: Viktor Shamirov
Longtime buddies Mark, Gennedy and Anatoly gather in the latter’s apartment for drinking and reminiscing. But tonight there is also a female guest - Maya, whom all three had been fond of 20 years ago. As it’s a slightly awkward reunion, they play a “game of truth” to break the ice; the revelations that follow range from the hilarious to the heart-breaking. In Russian with English subtitles.
In this chilling Japanese folk tale, a poverty-stricken mother and daughter-in-law make a meager living killing off samurai and selling their belongings. Their lives become more interesting when a neighbor returns from war and becomes a part of their lives, but before long they find themselves joined in a fate as horrific as it is beautiful. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Revered master director Yasujirô Ozu dealt with the pathos, poetry and humor of everyday family life in Japan, and his most highly regarded masterwork is, without question, this heart-rending drama of elderly parents (Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama) leaving their provincial home village to visit their indifferent grown-up children in the city. As in all of Ozu’s pictures, there is a deceptively simple presentation of commonplace events that nevertheless, by the end, have drawn on deep wellsprings of emotion. One of Ozu’s greatest talents was in showing these feelings as universal, as part of the human condition and not specific to Japan; and it is well nigh impossible not to be moved by his films. “It doesn't want to force our emotions, but to share its understanding. It does this so well that I am near tears in the last 30 minutes. It ennobles the cinema. It says, yes, a movie can help us make small steps against our imperfections.” – Roger Ebert. In Japanese with English subtitles.