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Open My Heart
rating:2.6

Open My Heart

2004Runtime:0 minutes
After the death of her mother, Catarina (Giada Colagrande) starts turning tricks to support herself and her younger sister, Maria (Natalie Cristiani). Catarina's barrier-breaking love for Maria is obsessive -- she only allows her sister to leave the apartment to attend dance class. When the sensitive and shy Maria falls for dance instructor Giovanni (Claudio Botosso), Catarina's jealousy and obsession spiral out of control.

Directed by:

  • Giada Colagrande
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Eden's Curve
    rating:2.6

    Eden's Curve

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Peter (Sam Levine) never expected college to be so rife with sexcapades, but that's what it is for him. Before long, he hooks up with his roommate, Joe (Trevor Lissauer), and his girlfriend, Bess (Amber Taylor), forming a strangely comfortable threesome. He also finds himself attracted to his frat brother William (Bryan Carroll), who may or may not return the sentiment. Even his professor (Julio Perillian) wants to bed him. Will the madness stop?

    Directed by:

  • Anne Misawa
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    The Headless Woman
    rating:2.6

    The Headless Woman

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    After she runs over something with her car -- maybe a dog, maybe a human -- affluent dentist Verónica (María Onetto) suffers a strange breakdown and finds she can't recognize familiar faces in her rural Argentine town. Director Lucrecia Martel's third feature, a loosely structured, visually complex reflection on grief, guilt and class relations, was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

    Directed by:

  • Lucrecia Martel
  • rating:2.6 2.6 Average Rating

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    Out of the Cold
    rating:2.5

    Out of the Cold

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    In Europe at the dawn of World War II, aging performer Dan Scott (Keith Carradine) is past his prime. He finds renewed success singing in a cabaret act and eventually discovers love with a beautiful young girl (Mia Kershner) who lives nearby. But when the growing war splits them apart, Dan will do anything to be reunited with his girl. This tragic romance from Aleksandr Buravsky co-stars Judd Hirsch, Brian Dennehy and Mercedes Ruehl.

    Directed by:

  • Sasha Buravsky
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Shooting Livien
    rating:2.5

    Shooting Livien

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Struggling New York musician John Livien (Jason Behr) is on the brink of true success, but his powerful inner demons threaten to derail his band mates' (Dominic Monaghan and Joshua Leonard) dreams of stardom. Sarah Wynter and Ally Sheedy co-star in writer-director Rebecca Cook's pared-down look at rock 'n' roll on the road, inspired by her fascination with the Beatles and, more specifically, John Lennon.

    Directed by:

  • Rebecca Cook
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Portraits Chinois
    rating:2.5

    Portraits Chinois

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    A dreamy Parisian backdrop gives a romantic setting to this thoughtful comedy that follows the heartaches and loves of a group of city-dwellers. Costume designer Ada (Helena Bonham Carter) deals with the ups and downs of her relationship with an unstable screenwriter, Paul (Jean-Philippe Ecoffey), while Paul longs for Ada's co-worker Lise (Romane Bohringer). Elsa Zylberstein, Yvan Attal and Marie Trintignant co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Martine Dugowson
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Nobody's Wife
    rating:2.5

    Nobody's Wife

    1982Runtime:0 minutes
    Leonor (Luisina Brando) is a lovely woman with a seemingly great family life. All that changes when she finds out that her husband has been cheating on her, causing her to pack up and make a new life for herself somewhere else. With a new job and nothing to tie her down, Leonor begins to understand what it's like to be truly free, as she coasts through a chain of exciting new romances.

    Directed by:

  • Maria Luisa Bemberg
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Lili and the Baobab
    rating:2.5

    Lili and the Baobab

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    French photographer Lili (Romane Bohringer) takes a gig in the remote Senagalese village of Angam, where she forges an unlikely bond with local woman Aminata (Aminata Zaaria). When Lili returns to France, however, she can't quite leave Senegal behind. Soon a crisis in Angam causes Lili to weigh the consequences of going back to Africa. This quiet, probing drama screened at the San Francisco Film Festival.

    Directed by:

  • Chantal Richard
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Beauty Remains
    rating:2.5

    Beauty Remains

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Set in pre-Communist 1948 China, director Ann Hu's sumptuous family drama centers on half sisters Fei (Xun Zhou) and Ying (Vivian Wu), whose separate lives suddenly collide after the death of their father, a prominent entrepreneur. Their paths seemingly predetermined by the often-cruel whims of the men in their lives, the sisters must find a way to break the pattern and chart their own course.

    Directed by:

  • Ann Hu
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Chopsuey
    rating:2.5

    Chopsuey

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Relationship problems plague a family of siblings in director Catherine O. Camarillo's multilayered indie drama. Businessman Jimmy (Piolo Pascual) is reeling from the shock of being dumped by his fiancée, while his sisters cope with their own romantic woes. Leslie (Krista Ranillo) can't decide between two eligible bachelors, Annette (Andrea Del Rosario) nurtures a long-distance love, and housewife Claire (Dimples Romana) can't get pregnant.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine O. Camarillo
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Tell Me a Riddle
    rating:2.5

    Tell Me a Riddle

    1980Runtime:0 minutes
    Elderly husband and wife David and Eva (Melvyn Douglas and Lila Kedrova) rediscover each other when they embark on a cross-country road trip after learning that Eva is suffering from a terminal illness. Eventually, their journey takes them to San Francisco, where they wind up on the doorstep of their now-grown granddaughter (Brooke Adams) in this drama co-starring Peter Coyote and based on a story by Tillie Olsen.

    Directed by:

  • Lee Grant
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    The Diary of a Nobody
    rating:2.5

    The Diary of a Nobody

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Charles Pooter (Hugh Bonneville) isn't nearly as important as he thinks he is, and his detailed diary captures the daily trials of a lower-middle class civil servant in Victorian England who's happy to delude himself with visions of grandeur. The faithfully rendered -- and very funny -- BBC period drama presents a pompous man with a small life who carefully notes every perceived slight that might hinder the upward social trajectory he craves.

    Directed by:

  • Susanna White
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Sheer Madness
    rating:2.5

    Sheer Madness

    1983Runtime:0 minutes
    In this by turns elegant and shattering film directed by German auteur Margarethe von Trotta, two women, one a college professor and the other a troubled artist, struggle to survive in a bleak, battle-scarred environment filled with insanity, suicide and murder. Stunning cinematography by Michael Ballhaus infuses the film with an ethereal, dreamlike quality. Hanna Schygulla, Peter Striebeck and Angela Winkler star.

    Directed by:

  • Margarethe von Trotta
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    The Night and the Moment
    rating:2.5

    The Night and the Moment

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    A philandering writer (Willem Dafoe) in search of true love accepts an invitation from an aristocratic salonniere (Lena Olin), only to insinuate himself into her house and try to seduce her with stories of his various conquests. But what he doesn't realize is that their passions date back to his recent imprisonment, when she was incarcerated in the cell beside his.

    Directed by:

  • Anna Maria Tato
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Change of Life
    rating:2.5

    Change of Life

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    After his lesbian daughter kills herself on the air during his call-in radio show, stridently anti-gay pastor Gary Catell (Denny Dey) wakes up to discover that time has moved backward and that he has a second chance to save his girl. But this time around, Gary finds himself on the receiving end of the spite he himself so recently espoused. Amy McClung directs this provocative drama that co-stars Alexis Pelfrey and Vince Mollica.

    Directed by:

  • Amy McClung
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Virgin
    rating:2.5

    Virgin

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Defiant teen Jessie Reynolds (Elisabeth Moss) struggles to discover her own spirituality despite the strict Baptist teachings of her mother (Robin Wright Penn) and father (Peter Gerety). After spending a drug-and-alcohol-filled night with young Shane (Charles Socarides), Jessie has no memory of having sex with him. When she finds herself pregnant, she's convinced she's carrying Christ's child, upsetting her parents and her devout community.

    Directed by:

  • Deborah Kampmeier
  • rating:2.5 2.5 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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