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Film Festivals 1991

An interesting year with special mention of the Coen Brothers' dark comedy "Barton Fink" and also their stylish "Miller's Crossing", Philip Kaufman's erotic "Henry and June", Emir Kusturica's sweeping "Time of the Gypsies" and Anthony Minghella's heartfelt "Truly, Madly, Deeply" (right).

Milou en Mai ( May Fools ) (1989)

7.2/10
Director: Louis Malle
Starring: Michel Piccoli, Miou-Miou, Dominique Blanc

An entertaining comedy of manners set against the backdrop of the 1968 student uprising in Paris, the film follows the Vieu-sacs as they converge on t... Read more

White Palace (1991)

6.5/10
Director: Luis Mandoki
Starring: Susan Sarandon, James Spader, Jason Alexander

Susan Sarandon is the middle-aged waitress who encounters younger yuppie James Spader and loses no time in swapping body fluids. Sexy and funny in tur... Read more

A Soldier's Tale (1989)

6.3/10
Director: Larry Parr
Starring: Benoit Regent, Gabriel Byrne, Judge Reinhold, Maurice Garrel, Marianne Basler, P...

In wartime France a New Zealand soldier on a weekend leave meets a young French woman who is under suspicion of colluding with the occupying Germans t... Read more

Metropolitan (1990)

7.4/10
Director: Whit Stillman
Starring: Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements, Taylor Nichols

A literate and witty tale of college-age Park Avenue preps and debs who gather during Christmas break to come to terms with their hopes and hormones.... Read more

The Grifters (1990)

7/10
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Anjelica Huston, John Cusack, Annette Bening

A classy, suspenseful and erotic thriller acclaimed as one of the best films of the year about a mother, son (only fourteen years her junior) and son'... Read more

Mr and Mrs Bridge (1990)

Director: James Ivory
Starring: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Blythe Danner

Set in Kansas City in the late 1930s, this acclaimed drama stars Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward as an upper-class Kansas City couple who begin questi... Read more

Pump Up The Volume (1990)

7.2/10
Director: Allan Moyle
Starring: Christian Slater, Scott Paulin, Ellen Greene, Samantha Mathis, Annie Ross

A funny, fast-talking rally call to rebellious youth. It features Christian Slater ('Heathers') as Hard Harry, the raunchy one-man private radio stati... Read more

A Tale of Springtime ( Conte De Printemps ) (1989)

7.4/10
Director: Eric Rohmer
Starring: Anne Teyssedre, Hugues Quester, Florence Darel

The first in Eric Rohmer's acclaimed series "Tales of the Four Seasons". An enchanting comedy of manners about a philosophy teacher who meets and befr... Read more

Henry and June (1990)

Director: Philip Kaufman
Starring: Fred Ward, Uma Thurman, Maria de Medeiros, Richard E Grant, Kevin Spacey

The life and times of America's most controversial writer, Henry Miller, and especially his stormy relationship with June Smith, a dance hall hostess... Read more

All About Eve (1950)

8.3/10
Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz
Starring: Anne Baxter, Bette Davis, George Sanders, Marilyn Monroe

Six Oscars were awarded this cynical and entertaining examination of life as it exists on the Broadway theatre scene. Bette Davis glows as the ageing... Read more