#311: The Royal Tenenbaums

mm0vrnu4dkraqsd4chwzwwgr7ec#311 – The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001, Wes Anderson

Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children and then they separated. All three children are extraordinary — all geniuses. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster. Most of this was generally considered to be their father’s fault. “The Royal Tenenbaums” is the story of the family’s sudden, unexpected reunion one recent winter.

#427: Amélie

pm20xf4wfyx7g3ie0ybxfp75aec#427 – Amélie, (Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain), 2001, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

At a tiny Parisian café, the adorable yet painfully shy Amélie (Audrey Tautou) accidentally discovers a gift for helping others. Soon Amelie is spending her days as a matchmaker, guardian angel, and all-around do-gooder. But when she bumps into a handsome stranger, will she find the courage to become the star of her very own love story?

#701: La Ciénaga

evxfdstgfdqlx9vtczchhuztjch#701 – La Ciénaga, 2001, Lucrecia Martel

Chekhov in contemporary Argentina. Mecha and Gregorio are at their rundown country place near La Ciénaga with their teen children. It’s hot. The adults drink constantly; Mecha cuts herself, engendering a trip to the hospital and a visit from her son José. A cousin, Tali, brings her children. The kids are on their own, sunbathing by the filthy pool, dancing in town, running in the hills with shotguns, driving cars without licenses. One of the teen girls loves Isabel, a family servant constantly accused of stealing. Mother and son, son and sisters, teen and Isabel are in each other’s beds and bathrooms with a creepy intimacy. With no adults paying attention, who’s at risk?

#899: Take Care of My Cat

9sdtyqdsj7eiplfrrz9amq3tar6#899 – Take Care of My Cat, (고양이를 부탁해), 2001, Jeong Jae-eun

The fashionable Hye-joo is focused on her career at a brokerage house. She’s making a decent living, but her co-workers look down on her. Tae-hee is sick of living under the thumb of her domineering father. She spends her time doing volunteer work for a poet with cerebral palsy. Sullen Ji-young lives in poverty with her grandparents and struggles to find work. The girls, close friends in high school, find themselves drifting apart as their adult lives begin to take shape.