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Urban Cinefile’s editor Andrew L. Urban presents The Word, hosting the Sunday night movie premieres at 8.30 pm on subscription channel World Movies (on Foxtel, Optus, Austar). He also talks about other movie highlights in the World Movies line-up. Sunday night tv premieres in July:

Sunday, July 7, 2002, 8.30pm
Comedy of Innocence (Comédie de L’Innocence) (2002)
Directed by: Raoul Ruiz 
Starring: Isabelle Huppert 
Jeanne Balibar 
Screenplay: François Dumas (III), Raoul Ruiz 
Cinematographer: Jacques Bouquin 
Producer: Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre 

Starring acclaimed actress Isabelle Huppert, Comedy of Innocence is a psychological thriller with a difference. Be engaged by the sensitively drawn characters and the film’s stunning cinematography as you piece together this intriguing mystery. 

Director, Raoul Ruiz has created a superb tale revolving around secret lives. The story begins on Camille’s (Nils Hugon) ninth birthday when he tells his mother Ariane (Isabelle Huppert) that his name is Paul and that she is not his real mother. He claims to live in a flat on the other side of town with his ‘real’ mother Isabella (Jeanne Balibar). A video recorded by Camille shows the interior of the flat belonging to his ‘other’ mother. On showing the flat to Ariane, Camille greets Isabella with the cry of “Mummy”. Ariane attempts to resolve the disturbing situation by inviting Isabella home. Why is it that Camille seems to be more attached to his ‘other’ mother Isabella, who believes he is the reincarnation of her own son Paul who drowned two years earlier? How does Camille know so much about his ‘other’ life? Ruiz leaves much to be unravelled. 

Sunday, July 14, 8.30pm
Faithless (Trolösa) (2000)
Directed by: Liv Ullmann 
Starring: Lena Endre 
Screenplay: Ingmar Bergman 
Cinematographer: Jörgen Persson (I)
Producer: Kaj Larsen (IV), Johan Mardell 

Faithless is a powerful and moving portrayal of the devastation caused by an affair. Directed by Liv Ullmann, the film is inspired by events in scriptwriter Ingmar Bergman’s life and possibly based on his involvement with Ullmann. Regardless of the connection between fact and fiction, this is superb cinema for all film lovers. 

This personal and heart-wrenching tale is told through flashbacks. Marianne has been happily married to Markus for years. He is a talented orchestra conductor and devoted father to their daughter Isabelle. Yet, one evening whilst Markus is overseas, Marianne begins an affair with Markus’ best friend David, a film director with little respect for family and commitment. The affair continues until Markus discovers them in bed at David’s apartment. Consequently, a bitter custody battles ensues in which Isabelle becomes a pawn in her parents’ divorce case. Isabelle suffers most of all from her mother’s thoughtless acts. 

Sunday, July 21, 2002, 8.30pm
Leak (Lek) (2000)
Directed by: Jean van de Velde 
Starring: Cas Jansen 
Victor Löw 
Screenplay: Jean van de Velde, Simon de Waal 
Cinematographer: Jules van den Steenhoven 
Producer: Rolf Koot, Jean van de Velde

Leak is a multi-award winning film, memorable for its sharp edged dialogue, dark, violent crime scenes and its believable characters. Based loosely on a true story of Dutch police officers that allowed drugs to slip through into the country, this inventive and fast paced thriller will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. 

Eddy (Cas Jansen) is asked by his police superiors to take on a job for the Criminal Investigation Department. He must convince an old school friend, Jack (Victor Löw), to act as an informer assisting police to intercept cocaine trafficking. Police investigations are hampered by problems. Both the drug gang and police go looking for leaks. Eddy finds himself under suspicion and both Jack and his pregnant wife are put in grave danger. Trust proves to be a rare commodity, both in the underworld and in the police force. 

Sunday, July 28, 2002, 8.30pm
Sade (2000)
Directed by: Benoît Jacquot 
Starring: Daniel Auteuil 
Jeanne Balibar 

Screenplay: Jacques Fieschi, Bernard Minoret
Cinematographer: Benoît Delhomme 
Producer: Patrick Godeau

Sade stars much acclaimed actor, Daniel Auteuil as Marquis de Sade; rebel, philosopher and staunch atheist. However, Auteuil is not the only feature this rich film has to offer. Set in France, 1794 during the Reign of Terror, Sade is a sexually charged blend of fact and fiction and a captivating speculation about the later years of its namesake’s life, from which little is known. 

As a rebel, philosopher and staunch atheist de Sade holds views diametrically opposed to the powers that be, namely Robespierre. De Sade escapes otherwise imminent death by guillotine on account of the influence of his mistress, Marie Constance Quesnet (Marianne Denicourt), who arranges for him to be transferred to a prison for noblemen. There he seduces a virginal teenager Emilie (Islid Le Besco), the daughter of a deposed noble, whilst continuing a relationship with old flame, Madame Santero (Jeanne Balibar). He encourages her to seek pleasure in the moment amidst the madness and bloodbath of the revolution. A sensuous romp of a history lesson through late eighteenth century. 

Published July 4, 2002

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