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Port Sippers - Set of 2 | Gift Boxed Port Glasses, Brandy Sippers, Sipper Glasses
Port Sippers - Set of 2 | Gift Boxed Port Glasses, Brandy Sippers, Sipper Glasses
Offered by Drinkstuff
Price: £14.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Look nice and different, 19 Aug. 2014
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Look nice and different, but too fragile to be of any practical use - one of mine broke on first use.

Central Station [DVD] [1999]
Central Station [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Fernanda Montenegro
Price: £16.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a film, 13 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Central Station [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Central Station is a Brazilian film released around ten years ago and acclaimed by critics all over the world. It is the story of the relationship between a middle-aged woman, Dora (Fernanda Montenegra) and a boy called Josue (Vinicius de Oliveira). Dora makes a living writing letters for the illiterate at the main railway station in Rio de Janeiro, while Josue is the son of of one her clients who is tragically killed in a road accident. Dora, a lonely, bitter and sharp-tongued spinster, has nothing but contempt for her clients, illustrated by the fact that she fails to post the letters she writes for them. She does retain enough humanity, however, to feel sorry for the young boy who, following his mother's death, roams around the station aimlessly. Not wanting him to fall prey to some of the more unsavoury characters at the station, she decides to take him to a local orphanage, knowing that this will result in her benefiting financially, but having taken him there, she has a change of heart and decides to take him to his father in northern Brazil instead. What follows is essentially a road movie in which the relationship between Dora and Josue gradually thaws and the two develop and deep and loving friendship. Their journey is naturally full of mishaps and adventures, but none seem particularly implausible and all serve to illustrate their characters and the growing friendship between them. Some scenes are extremely poignant - Dora looking despondently through the window of the roadside café ater her romantic advances towards a born-again lorry driver have been rejected, for example. The letter she writes Josue towards the end of the film will also no doubt have a few in tears.

Central Station is a gem of a film, a film that enriches those who watch it. Brazilian films are very hard to come by in the UK, which is a pity if this film is anything to go by. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for them in future. Vinicius de Oliveira no doubt has great things ahead of him, while Fernanda Montenegra's performance as Dora is truly magnificent - how lucky Brazil is to have an actress of her calibre.

A Good Woman [DVD]
A Good Woman [DVD]
Dvd ~ Helen Hunt
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £5.13

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning location, sound acting, good storyline, 29 Nov. 2009
This review is from: A Good Woman [DVD] (DVD)
A Good Woman is a beautiful period film, full of beautiful people in beautiful locations, but with an added depth to it - the result of its intriguing storyline, which is based on Oscar Wilde's play Lady Windermere's Fan. Helen Hunt plays a supposedly amoral middle-aged man-hunter who seemingly heads off to Italy to bag her latest catch, with the emphasis very much on "supposedly" and "seemingly". She is superb in this role, even though I had doubts about her ability to play a period character before seeing the film, having previously only seen her in films such as Paying It Forward and As Good As It Gets. Scarlett Johansson too does a fantastic job playing Meg Windermere, a woman as beautiful as she is insecure. Most impressive of all in this film, however, is Mark Umbers, an actor I hadn't come across before. Playing Robert Windermere, he displays all the suave sophistication one would associate with a member of his class at the time, but at the same time is extremely likeable due to his total infatuation with his wife. The one problem I had with film was that the dialogues were a little bit too clever at times and therefore came over as unreal, but when a film is based on an Oscar Wilde play, I guess this is an unresolveable problem, as if you change the dialogue too much, the association with Wilde is lost. Moreover, maybe people prior to the age of television and the Internet were far more witty and clever than they are today. Watch out for the scene with Helen Hunt and Tom Wilkinson on the terrace of the opera house - a cinematographic feast in blue.

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