8:00 PM, 19th June, 2004
If you like nudity in movies then this film is for you.
Chris (Mirren) & Annie (Walters) are members of the Women's Institute (WI), famed for educating rural women with guest speakers and raising money for good causes. When Annie's husband John is diagnosed with leukaemia, Chris suggests making an alternative WI calendar to support the hospital. Together with nine friends, they take on the more conservative factions of the WI and bare all, despite the misgivings of their own families. (Imagine how you'd feel if it was your mum or gran going starkers for charity).
Based on a true story, it's more than The Full Monty with breasts. Strong performances from Mirren, Walters and other notable English actresses Celia Imre, Linda Basset, Penelope Wilton and Annette Crosbie, help to create a good balance between comedy and sentimentality. The real "Calendar Girls" have cameos as disapproving rival WI members at the cake show.
9:00 PM, 19th June, 2004
A worn-out businessman Felix (Reno) a dour, hound-dog-faced manufacturer of frozen foods who suffers from crippling panic attacks, and a beautiful, vain, luxury-loving beautician Rose (Binoche) on the run from an abusive husband, find themselves stranded at the airport in Paris. A peppy romantic trifle that rises above the mundane on the strength of its beautifully detailed lead performances. A relationship that begins with the borrowing of a cell phone turns into a shared overnight stay in a hotel, during which the strangers squabble, then... can they find happiness? Because the screenplay is as canny about human nature as the two stars, this odd couple's romantic rapprochement is surprisingly credible. Ah well... surprise, surprise... love (apparently) conquers all.