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Foreign films find home

By STEVE PERSALL, Times film critic

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 8, 2001

Regal Cinemas' Channelside 9 multiplex is doing a good job of bringing alternative films to Tampa Bay audiences. This weekend, Channelside 9 offers two foreign films that previously might have bypassed our area or have been available only through a specialized film showcase. A Time for Drunken Horses, with Ayoub Ahmadi, above, focuses on three orphaned Iranian Kurdish children surviving on their own in conditions so frigid that horses are fed liquor to keep them warm. One of the children is mentally and physically deformed, never speaking but always soaking in heartbreak through his saucer eyes. The film is downbeat, yet illuminates personalities of a world we know only through the evening news. Aimee and Jaguar is a German production based on the true story of two Jewish women finding love during World War II despite being pursued by the Gestapo. Sensitive portrayals by Maria Schrader and Juliane Kohler in the title roles made this a favorite at last year's Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Grade for both films: B+

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