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Hipsters
rating:4.3

Hipsters

2008Runtime:0 minutes
In this hit Russian musical, a group of friends flaunts Soviet authority in 1950s Moscow by embracing jazz. When Communist Mels (Anton Shagin) falls for Polly (Oksana Akinshina), a free-spirited jazz fan, he risks losing his party membership by associating with her rebellious crew. Equally smitten, Polly introduces her new beau to jazz and other forbidden Western delights. Writer-director Valery Todorovsky helms this colorful take on the Cold War.

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  • Valery Todorovsky
  • rating:4.3 4.3 Average Rating

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    Tomboy
    rating:4.1

    Tomboy

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    Uncomfortable living as a girl, 10-year-old Laure decides to spend her childhood as Michael. When Michael's family moves to rural France, the child wins friends and comes to understand the complexities of gender.

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  • rating:4.1 4.1 Average Rating

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    Enlightenment Guaranteed
    rating:4.1

    Enlightenment Guaranteed

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    When his wife and children unexpectedly walk out on him, Uwe (Uwe Ochsenknecht) decides to join his brother Gustav (Gustav-Peter Wohler), a struggling feng shui consultant, on a pilgrimage from Munich to Japan, where Gustav hopes to find enlightenment as a guest in a Buddhist monastery. The plot thickens when, after a night of hard drinking, they get lost in the streets of Tokyo, temporarily derailing their search for serenity.

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  • rating:4.1 4.1 Average Rating

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    City of God
    rating:4.0

    City of God

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Buscapé (Alexandre Rodrigues) is frightened he'll end up like the countless others around him -- troubled, violent or dead. But his saving grace is his photographer's eye, through which the stories of several people who live in his forsaken Cidade de Deus unfold. Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund direct this sobering look at life inside a Rio de Janeiro housing project, reputed to be one of the most dangerous parts of an otherwise magical city.

    Directed by:

  • Fernando Meirelles
  • Katia Lund
  • rating:4.0 4.0 Average Rating

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    Even the Rain
    rating:4.0

    Even the Rain

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    In this provocative film-within-a-film, a director heads to Cochabamba, Bolivia, to shoot a movie about the trespasses of Christopher Columbus in the New World, only to find the locals protesting present-day exploitation of the poor.

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  • rating:4.0 4.0 Average Rating

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    Waste Land
    rating:4.0

    Waste Land

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Renowned artist Vik Muniz embarks on one of the most inspired collaborations of his career, joining creative forces with Brazilian garbage pickers who mine treasure from the trash heaps of Rio de Janeiro's Jardim Gramacho landfill.

    Directed by:

  • Lucy Walker
  • rating:4.0 4.0 Average Rating

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    My Tehran For Sale
    rating:4.0

    My Tehran For Sale

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    At a rave, Marzieh (Marzieh Vafamehr), an actress whose work is banned by the Iranian government, meets Saman (Amir Chegini), an artist who escaped such oppression by emigrating to Australia. When Saman proposes, Marzieh dreams of the freedom she'll find in his adopted home country. But fate seems to work against the couple, forcing Marzieh to decide how far she'll go for artistic liberty. Asha Mehrabi and Mobina Karimi co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Granaz Moussavi
  • rating:4.0 4.0 Average Rating

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    Where Do We Go Now?
    rating:4.0

    Where Do We Go Now?

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    While their men fight a remote sectarian war, the women of a Lebanese village -- one hemmed in by minefields -- band together to denounce the clash of Islamic and Christian beliefs that sustains the war and threatens to poison their own community.

    Directed by:

  • Nadine Labaki
  • rating:4.0 4.0 Average Rating

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    Under the Same Moon
    rating:4.0

    Under the Same Moon

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    In this tale illuminating the plight of illegal aliens, Kate del Castillo plays Rosario, a woman working illegally in the United States to provide a better life for her son Carlitos (Adrian Alonso), who remains at home in Mexico. Longing for his mother, Carlitos stows away on a van that's headed for the border. But an already treacherous journey becomes even more so when Carlitos is separated from his smugglers (Jesse Garcia and America Ferrera).

    Directed by:

  • Patricia Riggen
  • rating:4.0 4.0 Average Rating

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    Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
    rating:3.9

    Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    Three best friends set off on an adventurous road trip/bachelor party in Spain after one of them becomes engaged. Along the way, they learn some lessons about themselves and each other that will change them forever.

    Directed by:

  • Zoya Akhtar
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    Persepolis
    rating:3.9

    Persepolis

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Marjane (voiced by Chiara Mastroianni) just wants to be an ordinary kid, but that isn't easy in 1978 Iran. This profound animated film follows Marjane's childhood in a repressive society, her adolescence in France and her return to Tehran as an adult. Based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel, this Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature Film also features the vocal talents of Catherine Deneuve and Simon Abkarian.

    Directed by:

  • Vincent Paronnaud
  • Marjane Satrapi
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    Lobo
    rating:3.9

    Lobo

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    This Filipino TV series stars Angel Locsin as Lyka, an assistant to a powerful fashion-industry magnate, and Piolo Pascual as Noah, an undercover agent working in the same company to investigate organized crime. But as the two fall for each other, they discover a deeper truth complicating their love: Lyka is a Waya, a protector of the mysterious part-human, part-wolf "lobo" race, and Noah belongs to the Luna, a clan sworn to destroy the lobo.

    Directed by:

  • Cathy Garcia-Molina
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    City of Men
    rating:3.9

    City of Men

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on Fernando Meirelles' s acclaimed drama City of God, this Brazilian TV series navigates the slums of Rio de Janeiro, following the exploits of two teens coming of age in one of the city's infamous shantytowns. Blending scenes of uncompromising realism with humor, these episodes introduce 13-year-old best friends Laranjinha (Darlan Cunha) and Acerola (Douglas Silva), whose pluck and spirit prevail in the face of soul-crushing poverty.

    Directed by:

  • Fernando Meirelles
  • Katia Lund
  • Cesar Charlone
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    Chocolat
    rating:3.8

    Chocolat

    1988Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on director Claire Denis's childhood memories, Chocolat examines the devastating effect of French colonialism through the eyes of a young girl coming of age in 1950s West Africa. When a plane makes an emergency landing in the isolated colonial post where 8-year-old France (Cécile Ducasse) lives, a diverse group of whites and Africans is stranded and must stay with France's family, forcing sexual, social and class tensions to arise.

    Directed by:

  • Claire Denis
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Mr. and Mrs. Iyer
    rating:3.8

    Mr. and Mrs. Iyer

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Mrs. Iyer is traveling by bus to Calcutta to be with her husband. But a flare-up between Hindus and Muslim extremists closes the roads, and a curfew descends. While the riders are trapped on the bus, a gang of Hindus boards to ferret out any Muslims. Mrs. Iyer was brought up to believe that Muslims were inferior, but during the journey, she comes to realize that it's who a person is, not their religions, that's the defining factor.

    Directed by:

  • Aparna Sen
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    In a Better World
    rating:3.8

    In a Better World

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Danish director Susanne Bier delves into the realm of fathers, sons and their perceived burden of male responsibility with this Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning drama about the interplay between two dysfunctional families. With his father working abroad, bullied Elias (Markus Rygaard) finds solace in a budding friendship with a volatile new student (William Jøhnk Nielsen). But the boys' shared revenge only seems to invite more violence.

    Directed by:

  • Susanne Bier
  • rating:3.8 3.8 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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