Reuniting after six years, former university flatmates/current young professionals Hannah (Katrin Cartlidge) and Annie (Lynda Steadman) confront old friends and haunts as they tour London in search of Hannah’s prospective new apartment. As the memories flood back Leigh compares past and present: Annie has gained confidence in overcoming her chronic self-consciousness, while the once-aggressive Hannah has developed a mature empathy to match her sturdy independence. But even as Hannah and Annie re-establish their bond, certain wounds—including those inflicted by a mutual love interest (Joe Tucker)—remain. With Career Girls Leigh once more proves a master at balancing the sad and the sweet as he charts his characters’ winding, intersecting paths through adulthood.
This boldly cinematic trio of stories about love and loss, from Krzysztof Kieślowski was a defining event of the art-house boom of the 1990s. The films are named for the colors of the French flag and stand for the tenets of the French Revolution—liberty, equality, and fraternity—but that hardly begins to explain their enigmatic beauty and rich humanity. Set in Paris, Warsaw, and Geneva, and ranging from tragedy to comedy, Blue, White, and Red(Kieślowski’s final film) examine with artistic clarity a group of ambiguously interconnected people experiencing profound personal disruptions. Marked by intoxicating cinematography and stirring performances by such actors as Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Irène Jacob, and Jean-Louis Trintignant, Kieślowski’s Three Colors is a benchmark of contemporary cinema.
The Hong Kong crime drama was jolted to new life with the release of the Infernal Affairs trilogy, a bracing, explosively stylish critical and commercial triumph that introduced a dazzling level of narrative and thematic complexity to the genre with its gripping saga of two rival moles.
The release of François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows in 1959 shook world cinema to its foundations.