The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

A small-town eccentric opens a café in her decaying home.

A tangled triangle. In the rural South of the early 20th century, Miss Amelia is the town eccentric, selling corn liquor and dispensing medicine. She takes in her half-sister's son, a ... . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki

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Joel A (br) wrote: A charming low key/self made documentary about brother & sister documenting their journey with their disabled brother to simply meet Metallica's Drummer Lars Ulrich.There isn't a lot to this film it's more the determination of the brother & sister never giving up to get their brother ultimately in front of Lars.Eventually they do get to meet Lars & that scene & the one that follows is quite touching...it's a small film with a big message.

Justin T (de) wrote: An odd, dark and surreal film similar to Donnie Darko in a way. Lots of intermingling storylines prefaced by some dark overarching themes.

Greg W (kr) wrote: really LAME! skip this one

Mariam B (fr) wrote: je nai tjr oas vu le film

Gareth M (nl) wrote: Now this film is ok if your drunk thats bout it

Michael R (jp) wrote: Garbage, I Dare Say #3 Is Better...

Grant S (jp) wrote: Good depiction of one of Britain's worst miltary defeats. Historically quite accurate. The writer and director do a decent job of building the main characters, though probably not enough, as you don't feel much empathy for any of them. Good battle scenes. American Burt Lancaster as Irishmen Colonel Durnford was a bit of a stretch, and a miscasting. I assume they needed him to provide the action-star quality. Peter O'Toole is excellent as Lord Chelmsford. Solid performances from the supporting cast.In the end, a good war-documentary-movie, but lacks that extra something to make it special.

Jeff B (it) wrote: Great performance by Susan Hayward (in her Oscar winning role) carries this true story of a woman accused of murdering an elderly woman and is sent to the gas chamber (oh come on, I'm not giving anything away, look at the title). The film certainly takes its time, about half of the film is leading up to her execution. But it's a good film. I enjoyed the actress who played the other Barbara, she did a nice job. Worth a look.

Steve P (ru) wrote: NOTE: This film was recommended to me by Diane Rio for "Steve Pulaski Sees It."It took roughly half an hour before I could become completely immersed in Vadim Perelman's House of Sand and Fog, and after that, I was gone. Here's a powerful, deathly serious adult drama, a rarity in a world so concerned with comedies that feature the next viral gag or meme, or the next big romance film that becomes a national sensation. The demographic usually left out of the picture is those who want a competent, R-rated adult drama, and aside from the end of the year, when American audiences tend to get bombarded with new releases, there's rarely a time when that selected demographic gets its due (even this film came out in December 2003, amidst a busy awards season).It doesn't matter now, for House of Sand and Fog left a noticeable mark during its theatrical run and still finds itself a popular favorite on network TV. This is wonderful, because this is a uniquely great film; a film that takes a representation of something most of hold near and dear to us (our house/home), has two characters from two wildly different, troubled backgrounds pitted against the fight to claim the home, and features strong, eerie photography from one of the best cinematographers working today.The film focuses on a recovering drug addict named Kathy Nicolo (Jennifer Connelly), who lives alone in a small home in San Francisco. After ignoring numerous eviction notices believing they are part of a misunderstanding she cleared up several months ago, she is forcibly evicted from her home, which is to be auctioned off before she can even seek any kind of legal backing. As a result, a former Iranian Army Colonel named Massoud Behrani (Ben Kingsley), who fled Iran with his wife Nadereh (Shohreh Aghdashloo) and his son Esmail (Jonathan Ahdout), purchases the home for a fraction of its actual value with intent to add additions and improvements to triple his money on the home.This begins a bitter war between both Kathy and Behrani between what is moral and what is legally acceptable; Kathy enlists in the help of the town's Sheriff Deputy Lester Burton (Ron Eldard) to try and allows Kathy to purchase the house back, a house that has sentimental value for her and her family. Behrani, who has full legal right to do whatever he pleases with the home, doesn't see through Kathy's tearful side, and as a result, continues to go forward with his plans to renovate the home and totally transform it into a new house.House of Sand and Fog contrasts ability and inability quite beautifully throughout the course of its runtime, a nice and freeing two-hour and three minute long window for the film to carefully assemble its characters and their situations to try and build sympathy for them. Behrani's ability to purchase and completely redesign the home that Kathy doesn't have the ability to purchase is nicely communicated by way of methodically brewing tension between the two parties; it's tension that never becomes theatrical, nor does it ever lack any kind of narrative conviction. Connelly plays a disheveled character that has repeatedly been beaten by her personal choices, with her current situation simply serving as another grim reminder of her ostensible inability to do anything right, and Kingsley plays a devilishly interesting, enigmatic man of many talents and rewards who sees no sentimentality in Kathy's situation - only opportunity.At the center of the story is the passive home, where numerous characters do unto it what they like, but what it does to them is probably even more significant. This is a home with such promise and value that it remains the only thing our lead character Kathy stays alive for, it seems, and it's a home that could make Behrani, his wife, and his son more affluent and well-off in their current situation. Through looming exterior shots that show gray overcast skies and dense fog covering the landscapes, cinematographer Roger Deakins, arguably the best cinematographer working today, showcases the house's visceral effects by way of uncommonly elaborate closeups and candid shots of the home. No matter what screenwriters Perelman and Shawn Lawrence Otto illustrate for us by way of dialog or narrative progress, House of Sand and Fog's true meaning and significance is illustrated by the dark and beautiful balance crafted by Deakins.The sadness of the film's story rolls in like pea-soup fog itself, and we're left as viewers just as passive in a physical sense as the home itself, which has such an uncompromising effect on its two individuals that it's almost impossible to look past. Buoyed by two strong lead performances and a masterclass of cinematography, House of Sand and Fog works to illustrate the best tendencies of an adult drama, even coming around to make us feel significantly impacted by the end.Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Johnathan Ahdout, and Ron Erland. Directed by: Vadim Perelman.

Leonard D (br) wrote: A decent film from beginning to end! The so called "love story" was a little too distracting, but it didn't get in the way too much of how the film turned out to be. For Kate Winslet's character, she was good, but when I listened closely to her acting like an American, her accent was slipping in and out of her speech! Makes you think "Heh, decent actress, but it's no wonder that she didn't win for the Oscar for best actress that year"!