Annal: 2000 Sundance Film Festival —Dramatic

Results of the Sundance Film Festival in the year 2000.

Film:Girlfight

Girlfight

Karyn Kusama

First-time director Karyn Kusama tells a simple but compelling story of a young woman in Brooklyn whose violent impulses in school, and her tendency to physicalize her anger, lead her to train as a boxer. Her trainer at first puts her off, but the combination of her desire and her physical prowess changes his mind. As played by Michelle Rodriguez, Diane is a scowling lightning rod for sudden violence who discovers that she can find a sense of personal grace in boxing—in the training and in the honing of skills—that seems to spill over into her daily life, despite…

Film:You Can Count on Me

You Can Count on Me

Kenneth Lonergan

You Can Count On Me starts with a terrible car crash that instantly orphans a little boy and his older sister. At film’s end, that boy, now a grown-up nomad and ne’er-do-well, takes off by Greyhound after a brief reunion with his sister, who lives at permanent anchor in their unspoiled hometown. The sibling saga that unreels between wrenching collision and bittersweet separation celebrates the idiosyncratic ways wounded folk like Terry (Mark Ruffalo) and Sammy (Laura Linney) put one foot in front of the other, both energized and hamstrung by the knowledge…

Film:Two Family House

Two Family House

Raymond De Felitta

Raymond De Felitta’s Sundance 2000 Audience Winner is a sweet little romantic drama set in the insular Italian and Irish neighborhoods of 1956 Staten Island. Narrated with the conversational ease of a bar story, it stars Michael Rispoli as Buddy, blue-collar Italian American with big dreams, a golden voice, and a history of failed business schemes. His latest scheme involves turning a two-story firetrap into a bar with an upstairs apartment, but first he has to evict the squatters he inherited with the house: an abandoned young Irish mother (Kelly Macdonald) and…

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