Small treasure alert: Diego Lerman's Suddenly"
(2002), a 94 minute black and white film out of Argentina, has being released on DVD. Fans of Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismäki, make sure to watch this small charmer about an overweight shop clerk who goes on the road with two punk lesbians.
Also Hal Hartley's Fay Grim, out now in theaters, is also available on DVD and Isabel Coixet's "The Secret Life of Words."
An overweight clerk (Tatiana Saphir) at a lingerie up is held up at knife point by a pair of punk and sullen lesbians in the streets of Buenos Aires. Driven more by curiosity than fear, Marcia embarks on a seemingly aimless journey with Mao (Carla Crespo) and Lenin (Veronica Hassan). Suddenly
, Diego Lerman's brilliant little film, was winner of audience awards at 2002 international film festivals in Locarno, Havana, and Buenos Aires. Shot in black and white, Suddenly
feels like the Argentinian equivalent to Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise.
Out last week in theaters, this week Hal Hartley's Fay Grim
is also out on DVD. Seven years after the release of Henry Fool
, the sequel has morphed into a highly ironic, politcal thriller. As the title character, Parker Posey travels from Queens to Paris to Istanbul to discover the mystery of her husband's disappearance. Jeff Goldblum, Elina Löwensohn, Chuck Montgomery, and Liam Aiken co-star.
With the right role, a morose Sarah Polley performance is a particular joy to watch. This is the case in Isabel Coixet's The Secret Life of Words
. The unlikely romance between a deaf nurse (Polley) with a horrific past and a blinded oil worker (Tim Robbins) is an improbable success. Their give and take is just right. The film is set in the utterly foreign world of a shut-down oil rig, a small island in the midst of an angry ocean, replete with a resident wandering duck and a gourmet chef.