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Alois Nebel (2011)

Directed by:  Tomáš Lunák

2 stars

1989, the eve of the dismantling of the Berlin wall.  In a remote part of Czechoslovakia, a desperate man tries to evade border guards, but is eventually captured.  At a nearby train station lives railwayman Alois Nebel (Miroslav Krobot).  Withdrawn and disconnected, he rarely speaks, and draws comfort from reading railway timetables.   Read more

From Up On Poppy Hill (2011)
(Kokuriko-zaka kara)

Directed by: Goro Miyazaki

2 stars

Umi divides her time between preparing food for her extended family and guests at the boarding house where she lives, and school, where she falls for Shun, a boy a few years older. Together, they fight a campaign to prevent the school’s Club building from being demolished as part of the preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.  Entwined with this struggle is their own growing affection, imperilled by the possibility that they may, in fact, be brother and sister. Read more