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Motherland
rating:2.9

Motherland

2009Runtime:0 minutes
When Asian American Raffi Tang (Françoise Yip) returns to the home of her birth following the murder of her estranged mother, she quickly finds that she's estranged from far more than just her family in a country that's no longer familiar. Dealing with inept police and her own mounting grief, Raffi isn't sure who to turn to in this crime drama that also offers tart commentary on the immigrant experience and the American Dream.

Directed by:

  • Doris Yeung
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Beautiful Kate
    rating:2.9

    Beautiful Kate

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Invited back home to make peace with his dying father, an Aussie writer must finally face the truth about his twin sister's death decades earlier. But as father and son struggle to reconcile, long-hidden secrets threaten to engulf the whole family.

    Directed by:

  • Rachel Ward
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    C't'a Ton Tour, Laura Cadieux
    rating:2.9

    C't'a Ton Tour, Laura Cadieux

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Denise Filatrault's charming comedy, inspired by Michel Tremblay's novel, stars Ginette Reno as Laura Cadieux, a woman desperate to shed some excess weight. Her solution? To go to a famous doctor for a weekly injection that she hopes will melt away the fat. But she gains more than she loses when she's introduced to a community she so desperately needs, a group of other female patients who understand the roller-coaster she's on.

    Directed by:

  • Denise Filiatrault
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Green Days
    rating:2.9

    Green Days

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Amid the turmoil surrounding the coming election, Iranian playwright Ava is in the throes of a creative crisis. Skeptical that her country can change, she takes to the streets to interview people about their thoughts on their country's future. Young director Hana Makhmalbaf employs a mix of fiction and documentary techniques in her urgent, ripped-from-the-headlines exploration of Iran's presidential election in 2009.

    Directed by:

  • Hana Makhmalbaf
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    First Love
    rating:2.9

    First Love

    1977Runtime:0 minutes
    Sensitive and bittersweet, director Joan Darling's romantic drama stars William Katt and Susan Dey as Elgin and Caroline, a college couple experiencing the sensual, heady bliss of -- you guessed it -- first love. But while the two care passionately about each other, Caroline's involvement with an older man threatens to sabotage her burgeoning relationship with Elgin. John Heard, Beverly D'Angelo and Swoosie Kurtz co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Joan Darling
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Invisible Child
    rating:2.9

    Invisible Child

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Annie (Rita Wilson), a wife and loving mother of two, has always believed she had a third child named Maggie. Even though this child does not exist, her husband, Tom (Victor Garber), and the children have gone along with the delusion simply to appease her. When Tom hires a new nanny, he makes sure that she, too, goes along with the story. But after hearing Annie talk about Maggie, the nanny decides to help Annie search for her "lost child."

    Directed by:

  • Joan Micklin Silver
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    I Can't Sleep
    rating:2.9

    I Can't Sleep

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on a real-life crime spree that held all of France in a state of shock, I Can't Sleep follows the lives of Theo (Alex Descas), an immigrant from Martinique; his brother (Richard Courat), who's exploring his identity as a drag queen; and Daiga (Katerina Golubeva), a Lithuanian woman. One of these characters could be behind the serial killings of elderly Parisian women ... but who?

    Directed by:

  • Claire Denis
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Pestonjee
    rating:2.9

    Pestonjee

    1988Runtime:0 minutes
    Extrovert Pesi (A. Kher) and shy Piroj (Shah) are both in love with Jeroo (Azmi). Pesi marries her and also draws close to the widowed lawyer Soona (K. Kher). Piroj is transferred away from Bombay and returns later to find that Jeroo had a miscarriage and that Pesi now prefers Soona's company. When Pesi dies, Soona, who has borne him a son, pays for his funeral. Based on a short story by Karanjia written in the early 1950s.

    Directed by:

  • Vijaya Mehta
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Behind the Camera: Charlie's Angels
    rating:2.9

    Behind the Camera: Charlie's Angels

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Get beneath the (lip) gloss and into the heart of the 1970s TV show that became an icon of American culture. This dramatization of the series' first season re-creates the squabbles on the set between stars Farrah Fawcett-Majors (Tricia Helfer), Kate Jackson (Lauren Stamile) and Jaclyn Smith (Christina Chambers). From its rocky start, discover how a T & A trifle became a national sensation that spawned two hit feature films.

    Directed by:

  • Francine McDougall
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron
    rating:2.9

    The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Once he starts working for the Enron Corporation, young trader Brian Cruver (Christian Kane) is quickly caught up in the company's obsession with greed and partying. When Enron suddenly files for bankruptcy, Cruver is swept up in the disastrous collapse. Brian Dennehy and Shannon Elizabeth also star in this drama based on real-life events and on the book Anatomy of Greed by former Enron employee Brian Cruver.

    Directed by:

  • Penelope Spheeris
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Clear Blue Tuesday
    rating:2.9

    Clear Blue Tuesday

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Set on a series of Tuesdays over the course of seven years, this uncommon, indie rock movie-musical from director Elizabeth Lucas tells the stories of 11 people living and working in post-9/11 New York City with a cast of real-life performers. The ensemble of working singer-actor-songwriters (who, incidentally, wrote all of the film's music) includes Erin Hill, Vedant Gokhale, Asa Somers, Jan O'Dell and Greg Naughton.

    Directed by:

  • Elizabeth Lucas
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Shake It All About
    rating:2.9

    Shake It All About

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Jacob and Jorgen are a longstanding gay couple. After Jacob finally proposes to an overjoyed Jorgen, something entirely unexpected happens in this offbeat comedy: At a party, Jorgen kisses a woman ... and that woman is Jacob's sister-in-law.

    Directed by:

  • Hella Joof
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    I've Heard the Mermaids Singing
    rating:2.9

    I've Heard the Mermaids Singing

    1987Runtime:0 minutes
    Loony but lovable klutz Polly (Sheila McCarthy) lands a job in an upscale art gallery. In a major gaffe, she hangs a piece of art she mistakenly credits to her boss, Gabrielle (Paule Baillargeon), but which really was created by Gabrielle's lover, Mary (Ann-Marie MacDonald). And when she develops an inconvenient crush on Gabrielle, Polly's troubles begin to multiple faster than dabs of paint on a Jackson Pollock canvas.

    Directed by:

  • Patricia Rozema
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Lourdes
    rating:2.9

    Lourdes

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Confined to a wheelchair for most of her life, lonely Christine (Sylvie Testud) devises a plan to change her circumstances by journeying to Lourdes, the small town in the foothills of the Pyrenees, where many flock to be healed. The journey yields startling results for our isolated hero in director Jessica Hausner's Austrian drama, an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival.

    Directed by:

  • Jessica Hausner
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    September 11
    rating:2.9

    September 11

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    An unorthodox look at the repercussions of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, is presented in this collection of short films about how people from all walks of life were ultimately changed that day. Included are stories from a World Trade Center tour guide with relationship problems just before the attacks and a lonely man who lives minutes from the Twin Towers. Also included is a segment tackling the viewpoint of a suicide bomber.

    Directed by:

  • Claude Lelouch
  • Sean Penn
  • Youssef Chahine
  • Amos Gitai
  • Danis Tanovic
  • Idrissa Ouedraogo
  • Mira Nair
  • Shohei Imamura
  • Ken Loach
  • Samira Makhmalbaf
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Everything Relative
    rating:2.9

    Everything Relative

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    Reunited for a special occasion, a group of women friends -- both gay and straight -- relive their memories of their college days during the 1970s, rekindle faded friendships and ignite new romances. During their weekend in the country the friends trace the changes they've undergone in the last 20 years -- a journey that's bound to open old wounds and perhaps heal them. Monica Bell stars.

    Directed by:

  • Sharon Pollack
  • rating:2.9 2.9 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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