THE LAST SEDUCTION
1994, Park Circus/ITV, 110 min, UK/USA, Dir: John Dahl

Passion, greed and revenge forge a desperate triangle between Bridget Gregory (Linda Fiorentino), who wants it all, husband Clay (Bill Pullman), a doctor forced to deal drugs to pay off their debt to a violent loan shark, and Mike (Peter Berg), drawn into a steamy affair with Bridget. When Bridget runs off with a cool million in drug money, Clay sends a resourceful private investigator to hunt her down; to keep her fortune, the young woman devises a scheme involving cheating husbands, angry wives, insurance policies and murder.


THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES
ZIRE DARAKHATAN ZEYTON
1994, Janus Films, 103 min, Iran/France, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

Abbas Kiarostami takes meta-narrative gamesmanship to masterful new heights in the final installment of his celebrated Koker trilogy. Unfolding “behind the scenes” of the shooting of the previous film in the series, AND LIFE GOES ON, THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES traces the complications that arise when the romantic misfortune of one of the actors - a lovelorn young man who pines for the woman cast as his wife even though, in real life, she will have nothing to do with him - creates turmoil on set and leaves the hapless director caught in the middle. An ineffably lovely, gentle human comedy steeped in the folkways of Iranian village life, this Pirandellian pastoral peels away layer after layer of artifice as it investigates the elusive, alchemical relationship between cinema and reality.


AND LIFE GOES ON
ZENDEGI VA DIGAR HICH
1992, Janus Films, 95 min, Iran, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

In the aftermath of a 1990 earthquake that left 30,000 dead, Abbas Kiarostami returned to the village of Koker where his camera surveys not only the devastation but the teeming life that continues in its wake. Blending fiction and reality into a playful, poignant road movie, AND LIFE GOES ON follows a film director (played by an actor standing in for Kiarostami) who, along with his son, makes the difficult trek to the region in hopes of finding out if the young star of his movie WHERE IS THE FRIEND'S HOUSE? is among the survivors. There he discovers a resilient community pressing on in the face of tragedy as he’s helped along on his journey by the generosity of those he meets. Finding beauty in the bleakest of circumstances, Kiarostami crafts a quietly majestic ode to the best of the human spirit.


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