Fresh and funky, female and Japanese, the trip-hop/rap duo Cibo Matto has been the recipient of a lot of hype. Fortunately, it's well-founded; all trendiness aside, Viva! La Woman is an innovative and catchy mix of eclectic samples and stream-of-consciousness lyrics. The likes of Paul Weller, Ennio Morricone, and Duke Ellington combine with observations like "My weight is three hundred pounds/My favorite is beef jerky" (from "Beef Jerky") and "Shut up and eat! You know my love is sweet!" from ("Birthday Cake") in a fun and refreshing way. The tone of the album varies with each song; on tracks like "Sugar Water" and "Artichoke," Cibo Matto plays it spooky and ethereal, while "Birthday Cake" and the single "Know Your Chicken" find them as a couple of cryptic Beastie Girls, tossing off wacky non sequiturs over found soundscapes. Cibo Matto cooks up a tasty appetizer of their talent with Viva! La Woman.
A strong plot and mutual physical attraction binds the sensual Enzo since adolescence and her cousin Agata: the two are happy with amusement tricks erotic equivocally poised between innocence and malice instinctive. In the years after Enzo neglects the university where it is written and prefers the abundant pleasures of the "Sicilian beef. Agata instead, circumventing the court of his cousin, the Baron prefers the flaccid Ninì from whose desires marriage license, money and comfort. Achieved this goal, the crafty and malicious woman reconciles with Enzo and it is given …
Captain Philippe Boulier (Jean Reno), codename Shark, is top intelligence agent in the French army. His unit has discovered a plan to sell secret military equipment to a South American crime lord. To catch them in the act he has bugged a translator Marie-Laurence (Valérie Lemercier) who is unwittingly working for the go between in the deal. The problem comes from the translators husband Jean-Jacques Granianski (Christian Clavier) who wants to take her away on holiday. Meanwhile the operation is beginning done behind the back of his own government so he has to keep a low profile. Not easy when Shark must keep Marie-Laurence at work and her husband occupied until the deal is done, even if it means ruining their marriage and his own in the process.
Even in a small town, everyone has their secrets. This provocative Italian-language film explores the lives a group of neighbors keep hidden underneath their more palatable public faces. A local butcher fantasizes about the local teenage girls and retreats back into the freezer to fondle the meat. A young girl who has sex with her own father becomes pregnant. A Christ-like stranger is a fantasy object for many of the women. And an artist who makes collages out of model photos and pictures of organs from medical journals looks on as his mute wife, who drinks water from the commode, defecates on the dying, bleeding man with whom she’s having sex.