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Children of the Century
rating:3.2

Children of the Century

1999Runtime:0 minutes
This is the true story of the romance between burgeoning French author George Sand (Juliette Binoche) and a much younger poet, Alfred de Musset (Benoit Magimel), whom she meets when she flees to Paris in the early 1830s after leaving her husband. Sand's affair with Musset and her pre-feminist behavior make her the scandal of the city, as she develops the personality that would later make her one of the century's most famous literary figures.

Directed by:

  • Diane Kurys
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Oyster Farmer
    rating:3.2

    Oyster Farmer

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Down-on-his-luck drifter Jack Flange (Alex O'Loughlin) heads to a secluded oyster-farming community to wait for a parcel of stolen cash that he's mailed to himself. But the package never arrives, and Jack suspects a beautiful postal worker named (what else?) Pearl (Diana Glenn) may be responsible for its disappearance. Anna Reeves directs this quirky but charming romance set along Australia's Hawkesbury River.

    Directed by:

  • Anna Reeves
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Japanese Story
    rating:3.2

    Japanese Story

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    During a field trip, geologist Sandy (Toni Collette) has the unfortunate luck of being marooned in the Pilbara desert with a man she can't stand. Finding him completely irritating and rather egotistical, Sandy soon learns that his feelings for her are just as contemptuous. The saying that things can only get better doesn't apply to these two, as their increasingly remote location only adds to the already challenging situation.

    Directed by:

  • Sue Brooks
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Lucky Days
    rating:3.2

    Lucky Days

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Coney Island resident Virginia (Angelica Torn) -- still single and solitary at the ripe old age of 30 -- faces the prospect of watching the town's world-famous amusement park be demolished to make way for a new development. But Virginia's meditations are interrupted when a face from the distant past reappears in this earnest independent feature that was the last film made using the iconic Coney Island boardwalk as a backdrop.

    Directed by:

  • Tony Torn
  • Angelica Torn
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    The Anniversary Party
    rating:3.1

    The Anniversary Party

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Recently uncoupled couple Joe (Allan Cumming) and Sally (Jennifer Jason Leigh) celebrate their anniversary with a group of friends in this dark, Independent Spirit Award-nominated drama (also written and directed by Cumming and Leigh). When Judy (Parker Posey), Cal (Kevin Kline), Sky (Gwyneth Paltrow) and assorted spouses and friends come over, it only takes a few cocktails and a load of ecstasy before the situation careens out of control.

    Directed by:

  • Alan Cumming
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Then She Found Me
    rating:3.1

    Then She Found Me

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Already reeling from the death of her adoptive mother and a messy divorce, a put-upon schoolteacher finds her life becoming even more tumultuous when she begins dating the father of one of her students and her gabby birth mother shows up.

    Directed by:

  • Helen Hunt
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    You Changed My Life
    rating:3.1

    You Changed My Life

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    In this romantic comedy-drama from Filipina director Cathy Garcia-Molina, Laida (Sarah Geronimo) and Miggy (John Lloyd Cruz) think they've found perfect happiness with each other, until circumstances beyond their control threaten to pull them apart. As their burgeoning careers begin to take them in entirely different directions -- Miggy to Laguna, Laida to Canada -- they struggle to keep their relationship alive across a great distance.

    Directed by:

  • Cathy Garcia-Molina
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Sister My Sister
    rating:3.1

    Sister My Sister

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    This darkly engaging film dramatizes real-life events that scandalized French society in the 1930s, when Christine (Joely Richardson) and Lea Papin (Jodhi May), sisters who worked as maids, murdered their overbearing bourgeois mistress and her daughter. Their lives stifled by their employer, the sisters also formed an incestuous sexual relationship. Nancy Meckler directs this tale of rage and twisted love that also features Julie Walters.

    Directed by:

  • Nancy Meckler
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Swept Away
    rating:3.1

    Swept Away

    1974Runtime:0 minutes
    A shipwreck lands a fiery upper-class Italian woman (Mariangela Melato) and her fetching yacht hand (Giancarlo Giannini) on a deserted island, where the absence of other distractions leads to heated discussion about politics, economics, race and gender. Their opposing views eventually lead to passion, but upon rescue, they must face the harsh realities of a society in which class makes all the difference.

    Directed by:

  • Lina Wertmuller
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Disco Pigs
    rating:3.1

    Disco Pigs

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Pig and Runt were born just minutes apart in the same Dublin hospital -- an auspicious beginning that seals them in an almost twin-like relationship. They isolate themselves, encourage each other's destructive tendencies and even make up their own language. But just before they turn 17, their bond is threatened and when Runt starts yearning for freedom, Pig goes haywire.

    Directed by:

  • Kirsten Sheridan
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Death Defying Acts
    rating:3.1

    Death Defying Acts

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    When legendary escape artist Harry Houdini (Guy Pearce) offers a handsome reward to anyone who can contact his dead mother beyond the grave, a sultry Scottish psychic and con artist (Catherine Zeta-Jones) takes up the challenge. But when the two fall in love, the boundaries between truth and deception become blurred. Directed by Gillian Armstrong, this entertaining period costume drama co-stars Saoirse Ronan and Timothy Spall.

    Directed by:

  • Gillian Armstrong
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    The Ballad of Jack and Rose
    rating:3.1

    The Ballad of Jack and Rose

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Writer-director Rebecca Miller elicits an astounding performance from husband Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays Jack, a father intent on raising his daughter (Camilla Belle) as an environmentally responsible adult. His complete devotion to the cause moves him to the remotest of islands, where he feels he'll be able to lead a more compassionate, "green" life. No matter how he tries, however, he can't seem to run from the demands of human interaction.

    Directed by:

  • Rebecca Miller
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Things Behind the Sun
    rating:3.1

    Things Behind the Sun

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Underground singer-songwriter Sherry McGrale (Kim Dickens) makes a name for herself with a powerful song about her rape. A rock journalist (Gabriel Mann) pitches a story about Sherry, but his interest runs deeper than her music -- he has a personal connection to the crime. Don Cheadle earned an Emmy nod for his turn as Sherry's protective manager in this drama directed by Allison Anders. Rosanna Arquette also stars.

    Directed by:

  • Allison Anders
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    13 Conversations About One Thing
    rating:3.1

    13 Conversations About One Thing

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    The "one thing" that prompts 13 different conversations is happiness, and in this drama from writer-director Jill Sprecher, a superb cast (including John Turturro, Amy Irving, Matthew McConaughey, Clea DuVall and Alan Arkin) circles all the big questions about happiness, how to find it and how to hold onto it. The characters' stories meld in a gorgeously shot and inventively edited style that creates a breathtaking sense of heightened realism.

    Directed by:

  • Jill Sprecher
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Frankie and Hazel
    rating:3.1

    Frankie and Hazel

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Girl power turns their families and the city upside down in this warm, fun and witty comedy as 12-year-old best friends Frankie (Mischa Barton) and Hazel (Ingrid Uribe) conspire to make their mark on the local community. One excels at ballet and baseball and battles a sexist coach for a spot on a Little League team, while the other devours politics and decides to run for mayor.

    Directed by:

  • JoBeth Williams
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Danielle Steel's Full Circle
    rating:3.1

    Danielle Steel's Full Circle

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    Haunted by her rape as a college student, Tana Roberts (Teri Polo) is determined to avoid following in her mother's footsteps when it comes to romance. But when Tana falls for her best friend's married father (Reed Diamond), she finds herself reliving her mother's mistakes. Corbin Bernsen and Erika Slezak co-star in this absorbing made-for-television movie based on Danielle Steel's best-selling novel.

    Directed by:

  • Bethany Rooney
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Now and Then
    rating:3.8

    Now and Then

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Waxing nostalgic about the bittersweet passage from childhood to puberty in this tender coming-of-age tale, four childhood girlfriends -- Teeny, Chrissy, Samantha and Roberta -- recall the magical summer of 1970. During their walk down memory lane, they reconcile experiences with boys, secrets, bullies and more. Lesli Linka Glatter directs; Gaby Hoffmann, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Cloris Leachman, Thora Birch and Christina Ricci co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Lesli Linka Glatter
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Now and Then (1995)
    A heartwarming movie about four childhood girlfriends who, in adulthood reunion, relive their experience of the life-changing summer of 1970, including a mystery death, divorce, standing up to the boys, first kiss, and the meaning of true friendship. Each explores her unique identity amidst family and friends. Beautifully directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.
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