Nainsukh. India/Switzerland, 96 min.
The work of Eighteenth Century Indian artist Nainsukh is commemorated by masques, performed in the ruins of castles and mansions. Very pretty, but baffling to the western viewer who is ignorant of Indian art.
My Piece of the Pie. France, 104 min.
The aptly-named France attempts suicide when she learns that Parisian bankers have put out of business the Dunkirk company that employs her. In search of work to support her three daughters, she commutes to Paris and gets a job as housekeeper for the very man who snuffed her company. For most of this enjoyable movie, we wait for her to discover who her employer is. But when she does, we get a lame ending that seems to have been tacked on by a junior producer.
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga. Germany, 94 min.
Werner Herzog produced, co-directed and narrated this thorough doc about the lives of native Siberians scratching a living from the snow-covered forest, so you are not going to entertain your friends by recounting the funny bits.
Flamenco, Flamenco. Spain, 101 min.
Flamenco purists will love this new offering from Carlos Saura (Carmen, Blood Wedding, Tango). Although the film, which features two dozen performances by Spain’s star flamenco singers, dancers and musicians, will not be to every one’s taste, it is certainly worth a viewing for the startling virtuosity of the performers. These guys can really play guitar. And clap? Don’t get me started on the clapping.