Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Patience Stone (2012)

The Patience Stone (2012)
Director: Atiq Rahimi
Country: Afghanistan
Runtime: 102 min

Somewhere, in Afghanistan or elsewhere, in a country torn apart by a war... A young woman in her thirties watches over her older husband in a decrepit room. He is reduced to the state of a vegetable because of a bullet in the neck. Not only is he abandoned by his companions of the Jihad, but also by his brothers. One day, the woman decides to tell the truth to him about her feelings about their relationship to her silent husband. She talks about her childhood, her suffering, her frustrations, her loneliness, her dreams, her desires... She says things she could never have done before, even though they have been married for the past 10 years. Therefore, this paralyzed man unconsciously becomes syngue sabour, a magic stone which, according to Persian mythology, when placed in front of a person shields her from unhappiness, suffering, pains and miseries. In this wait for her husband to come back to life, the woman struggles to survive and live. She finds refuge in her aunt's place, who is...

8-Ball (2013)

8-Ball (2013)
Director: Aku Louhimies
Country: Finland 
Runtime: 107 min

Pike has just been released from the penitentiary, and is now a mother of a beautiful baby girl. Leaving behind her torn youth, she now marches towards the great unknown - to her future. Only one thing is certain: she can afford no more mistakes.

Pike's ex-lover, Lalli, shows up ruining her plans for a clean start. The passion that once bound the two lovers together is still there.

Lalli is not the only man interested in Pike's destiny; crime inspector Elias has decided to find out how Pike is doing after her release. Or maybe he's in love? Elias is partnered up with another police officer, Olli, who is recuperating from a severe occupational accident, and trying to get on his feet after a breakup with the mother of his child.

While Pike is looking to forget her past, Olli is scrambling to find his way back to the way things were. But in life there's no turning back - what lies ahead, must be faced.