The Forbidden Past

The Forbidden Past

In the sixties, love stories portrayed women as sentimentalists or sacrificial lambs. Later on, directors like Chu Yuan replaced these themes of sacrifice with abandonment. The Forbidden Past is a heart tugging, rare Chinese Christmas story about a bar girl (Ching Li) serving drinks to a man that looks like her husband from five years ago. She convinces him to fulfill her son's wishes of having the father he's never seen, show up for Christmas. A merry Christmas follows?

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The Forbidden Past torrent reviews

Cheryl L (de) wrote: Too predictable. Some good action at the start and a decent cast so I expected far better.

Norman F (br) wrote: Sweet, witty and genuinely funny. A very engaging story and some splendid directing. A must watch!

Jason H (ca) wrote: Not overly impressive by any standard. The fight scenes were boring. The comedy was predictable. There were a few cute moments between the main characters but that was pretty much it.

Daniel W (ru) wrote: We had good fun figuring out the twists and turns of the plot as it went along - and I predicted them all correctly! - so I quite enjoyed this one. Good soundtrack too.

Britney J (ag) wrote: Roo is so adorable that is why everyone loves this jumpy, bouncy, fun fun fun movie

Nick A (us) wrote: In his feature film debut, writer-director Adam Rapp offers audiences an austere, very drab story of the magnitude and imperativeness of family togetherness, regardless of how dreary and heartrending one's journey on the path to finding it is. 'Winter Passing' is melancholic through and through, a daring exercise of incredibly saddening material somehow converted to that of a hopeful theme by a good script, keen directing and Zooey Deschanel's witty, cordial performance as a young woman in search of answers, who, instead, finds something much more worth while: understanding.Reese Holdin (Deschanel) is a glowering, disconsolate actress living in New York. In her quest to both alleviate the emotional torment of a life of detachment and to feel something she can pretend is an emotional reaction, she uses drugs, sex and self-mutilation. Soon enough, she is confronted by a book publisher who offers $100,000 for a set of love letters -- which were written between her parents -- that were left to her following the death of her mother, which we later learn was by suicide. Sounds simple enough; but it means she would have to return to her childhood home in Michigan, where she grew up a second interest to her folks, whose profession as authors took precedence over her.Eager to earn the much-needed payment that was promised to her, Reese revisits the house in which she was raised, expecting to find her father, Don (Ed Harris), a former professor, alone and hard at work on another novel. What she finds, however, is her father so lost in despair, regret and loneliness that he's hardly able to punch out a paragraph on his typewriter; one of his ex-students, a proper 23-year-old girl named Shelley (Amelia Warner), who cares after him and the house; and an oddball musician named Corbit (Will Ferrell), whose strong religious beliefs contradict those which Reese grew up accustomed to.As Rapp's film unfolds, audiences learn a great deal about each of the characters -- Don was Shelley's caretaker as she suffered an ailing battle against endometriosis; Corbit can sing and play guitar, though can't do both at the same time -- and, perhaps, even a little about themselves, as well. 'Winter Passing,' at times, threatens with what seems to be its own despondency, though, in every occurrence, is quickly lifted back to its ironically uplifting nucleus of solemnity by its faint humor, great performances, and wonderful, perfect soundtrack.Both Harris and Deschanel are exceptional in their respective roles as father and daughter, while Warner and her character provide tension and Ferrell and his offer charming idiosyncrasy and timely comedy. As Don Holdin, Harris provides what should have been an award-contending act, flawlessly embodying the anguish of a widower sucked into hard drinking and reclusion, and terrorized by his own reflections of the life he wishes he had lived. His powerful performance evokes a number of emotions within viewers -- sympathy, sorrow -- that his character and his character's daughter, Reese, are looking for in the movie, and, tragically, rings true to the painful recollections of so many American households.Yet, more distressing than any of the matters of the film itself is the conclusion to 'Winter Passing,' which, ultimately, does it a great disservice. Capping an otherwise satisfying film, the ending comes with minimal resolution, as only Reese's character seems to find what she was looking for, while the rest of the cast appears to have been forgotten about, lastly seen in like states to those in which viewers were first introduced to them. Improbably enough, though, the "down" times weren't low enough to hold back the "high" ones (as perhaps I should've caught onto from the rest of the film), for its finale isn't too heavy of a disappointment to outweigh the marvels of its prior scenes; and it certainly isn't too grave to encourage one to dismiss 'Winter Passing' altogether.

Harry W (us) wrote: Ray is undeniably a good film. Some areas are great and most areas are good. Although some not so much, it's definitely a worthy film to witness.To explain the areas where Ray isn't so strong, much of the story of Ray doesn't explore any kind of territory that would separate it from most biographical films about musicians. I mean, Ray Charles experiences the same drug addiction, musical criticism and acts of adultery that many musical figures have already gone through such as Jim Morrison and Johnny Cash. We've already witnessed films about these figures and their issues in the same essential vein, and Ray introduces nothing new to the same basic formula except for the fact that it's main figure is blind and portrayed by Jamie Foxx. It's difficult to criticise a film which follows someone's life yet remains formulaic, because then it's like I'd be criticising Ray Charles for living a formulaic life. But I guess the main problem is that it isn't dramatised as best as it could be much of the time and doesn't take on any sort of eccentric film style which would have made it more memorable. It's script is similarly formulaic as well, and although it isn't damaging at all, like the film style it just isn't anything special.Since Ray doesn't have too much in its story that's contrasts it from the standard musician biopic formula, it also feels rather long and stretched out over a period of 152 minutes, so it doesn't always have sufficient constancy in maintaining viewer interest.But what saves Ray is that it has the greatest lead anybody could ask for to play the role of musical legend Ray Charles.Jamie Foxx has all the kindred spirit of Ray Charles without ever opening his eyes, but even a man as blind as Ray Charles himself could tell that Jamie Foxx is absolutely perfect for the role. Jamie Foxx plays the piano as flawlessly as he sings, and even though he cannot see what he is doing in the film, any blind man could know that he is nothing short of the ideal Ray Charles embodiment. With his glasses comes a certain smile which has all the groove and strength behind it that Ray Charles can be iconic for, and to know that behind those glasses lies Jamie Foxx is to know the true extent of a man's talent as an actor. Had Ray Charles been alive to hear but not see Ray, it's unarguable that he would be impressed by Jamie Foxx, the same way the Academy Awards were.Curtis Armstrong is at some of his best work ever in Ray. With so many notable actors and characters, he was one that seriously stuck out for me because his portrayal of Ahmet Ertegun was an excellent visual embodiment of the character as well as a meaningful performance of him, even in the short amount of screen time he received. He had such passionate spirit in him, and it made Ray more of a great film which also gave nostalgic memory to his days in Revenge of the Nerds by reminding us that he was once a successful actor from an 80's comedy and still has such electric talent, even in a small role in Ray. Kerry Washington, Sharon Warren and Regina King also all supply fine supporting performances to Ray.Even Warwick Davis' small role capitalised on his charm and talent as an actor very well.So Ray is a bit long and rather formulaic, but Jamie Foxx is too perfect for the lead role and it puts a good name to everything.

Devin W (br) wrote: With each movie I see, the Asian film scene continues to impress me more. This is an eccentric Japanese gangster film and it excels all around. It's funny, violent and quirky. Everything it should be.

Calum B (ru) wrote: The first wildlife family film is alright fun, the sequel wasn't as likable (once in a while), so I had to finish the trilogy, and see which of all of them is most bearable. Basically, (Jesse Jason James) Richter is now sixteen years old, and has taken a job on a ship as both researcher and protector of Orca whales. He is working with old friend Randolph Johnson (August Schellenberg), sarcastic scientist Drew Halbert (Annie Corley), and on the ocean he is of course reunited with old friend Willy the Whale (Keiko). Meanwhile, on a whaling ship is John Wesley (Patrick Kilpatrick) and his young son Max (Vincent Berry), who after seeing many of them isn't very keen on killing the Orca whales. While he doesn't have the guts to say no to his Dad, Jesse gets Max to meet Willy and his new girlfriend who is pregnant with their baby, and he realises that his Dad is doing something illegal and nasty to nature. Also starring Tasha Simms as Mary Wesley, Peter LaCroix as 1st Mate Sanderson, Stephen E. Miller as Dineen, Ian Tracey as Kron and Matthew Walker as Captain Drake. The problem with this one is that the human story takes over and we hardly see enough of the beautiful, originally show stealing creatures, the birth of a baby nearly makes up for the lack of time they are used, but the first film is always going to be the one to watch. Okay!

Mariano A (mx) wrote: Quilombooooooooooooo

MEC r (ca) wrote: This movie is ok. Nothing that spectacular though.

Megan S (mx) wrote: I thought this movie was supposed to be more of a comedy (just my perception, not a misleading trailer as often happens). So I got over that easily and enjoyed it.

Jessica J (nl) wrote: There are some stunning visuals and effects that could not be recreated by the book alone, I'll admit. But what let me down the most was Jace's character, he lacked any sort of charm or humour. There were also some cringeworthy cheesy moments that really took away from the magic of it all.