MVD/FILMRISE COLLECTION REVIEWED
The Good Postman follows one tiny town’s efforts to serve as the Great Gate between Asia and Europe. Now, they have to vote on something that will have immigration and political implications for the rest of their world.
Inflame follows a news worker, as she attempts to reclaim lost memories. Did her parents really die in a car crash? All the while, paranoia seeps in for a woman who is losing her grip on sanity.
Ice Mother follows a woman trying to overcome the death of her husband. Now, she dives into winter swimming to find a new purpose. It’s touching, but very light.
I Called Him Morgan is about keeping an eye on your lady, because she might shoot you. The rest of the material is a very serious non-fiction drama about what can lead to these situations.
Southwest of Salem is a serious look at The San Antonio Four. These four Latina lesbians were falsely convicted during the Satanic panic of the 90s. Now, their victims are recanting their stories and the push is on to free these ladies.
Tormentero is the tale of a retired fisherman who discovers an oil field. This oil makes his friends reject him, but he pushes against this to find a sense of love long lost.
Body of Deceit plays like a Zalman King story abroad. A lady has a head injury and comes out of a coma not remembering much. From there, she’s hooking up with a lady and trying to figure out what makes sense in life.
WHAT ABOUT MOTHERLAND?
Motherland is a documentary about the world’s busiest maternity ward. Watching as these women bring new life into the world at factory levels is astonishing. Out of all the movies, this was the one that stuck with me. The mechanics of organics produces such a funny image that it made me chuckle.
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 2.0/5.1
RELEASE DATE: 6/12/18
The Plot Thus Far
MOTHERLAND takes us into the heart of the planet’s busiest maternity hospital in one of the world’s poorest and most populous countries: the Philippines. The film’s viewer, like an unseen outsider dropped unobtrusively into the hospital’s stream of activity, passes through hallways, enters rooms and listens in on conversations. At first, the surrounding people are strangers. But as the film continues, it’s absorbingly intimate, rendering the women at the heart of the story increasingly familiar. Three women — Lea, Aira and Lerma — emerge to share their stories with other mothers, their families, doctors and social workers. While each of them faces daunting odds at home, their optimism, honesty and humor suggest a strength that they will certainly have to summon in the years ahead.
ICE MOTHER – After her husband’s death, Hana lives on alone in the family villa. Her two sons visit her with their families, but these visits frequently end in quarrels. When Hana meets Brona, a hardy fellow, inured to winter swimming, a new world opens before her. Brona’s teammates absorb her into their team and Hana gradually learns to overcome her fear of icy water.
Inflame- Hasret’s dreams are haunted by a recurring nightmare from which she disengages every morning. However, what she experiences nightly is not a fictional recreation, but memories. As she returns from her job at a news channel to a flat left to her after her parents’ death twenty years earlier, the questions planted by her dreams slowly begin to creep up: did her parents really die in a car crash?
The Good Postman – Postman Ivan has a new political vision: he decides to run for mayor in order to bring his dying village to life by welcoming refugees. His opponents are only interested in closing their eyes to the refugees, shutting the border and reintroducing communism. While on the campaign trail — his delivery route — Ivan learns that good intentions are not enough, and that even the smallest deeds matter.
Body of Deceit – An accident in Malta leaves ghostwriter Alice with memory loss. Suffering from writer’s block, she returns to the island to recover when she meets the sensual Sara. As they bond, a shady stranger begins to taint the sexy stay with mystery.
I Called Him Morgan – In February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This feature documentary by filmmaker Kasper Collin is a love letter to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together.
Southwest of Salem – The film excavates the nightmarish persecution of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez — four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of allegedly gang raping two little girls. This bizarre case is the first to be adjudicated under momentous new legislation: for the first time in U.S. history, wrongfully convicted innocents can challenge convictions based on debunked scientific evidence. The film also unravels the sinister interplay of mythology, homophobia and prosecutorial fervor which led to this modern day witch hunt.
TORMENTERO is the magical tale of Romero, who years ago discovered an oil field in his village that caused his friends and neighbors to lose their way of life — and ultimately reject him. Now retired, alcoholic and schizophrenic, he is haunted by his past and sets out to reclaim the love and honor he lost decades ago after his fateful discovery.