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Rain
rating:3.1

Rain

2008Runtime:0 minutes
Following the death of her beloved grandmother, Rain is (Renel Brown) forced to leave her idyllic life on Ragged Island to live with her drug-addicted mother in a poverty-stricken Nassau neighborhood. Shell-shocked by the bleak surroundings of her new life, Rain finds solace in a burgeoning friendship with a school coach (CCH Pounder) who encourages the teenager to make use of her athleticism by joining the track team.

Directed by:

  • Maria Govan
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Italian for Beginners
    rating:3.1

    Italian for Beginners

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Lone Scherfig's playful and endearing story follows seven strangers from a small, rainy suburb who come together once a week to learn Italian. Andres (Anders W. Berthelsen), Jorgen (Peter Gantzler) and the others are all looking to fill a void in their lives. And as they embark on a journey of discovery, friendship and the limitless possibilities of love, they soon find that the class offers them much more than just a new language.

    Directed by:

  • Lone Scherfig
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Lady Chatterley
    rating:3.1

    Lady Chatterley

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    When her husband is paralyzed in World War I, frustration drives Lady Chatterley into an affair with a gamekeeper. She finds in her new lover not only physical passion but also an inner kindness, both of which her husband can no longer provide.

    Directed by:

  • Pascale Ferran
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    The Blood of Yingzhou District
    rating:3.1

    The Blood of Yingzhou District

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    In this Oscar-winning documentary short, Hong Kong filmmaker Ruby Yang chronicles the lives of young orphans living in the Yingzhou district of China's Anhui province, children whose parents have died from AIDS and now face a life of painful choices. The film centers on a silent boy named Gao Jun, who's been stigmatized, abandoned and kept away from other children for fear that he will infect them.

    Directed by:

  • Ruby Yang
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Don't Tell
    rating:3.1

    Don't Tell

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    As her due date approaches, pregnant Sabina (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) is suddenly plagued by disturbing memories of childhood abuse. Ashamed, she keeps her past a secret from her boyfriend, traveling to America to seek answers from her brother, Daniele (Luigi Lo Cascio). But instead of reassurance, she finds her sibling also scarred by the trauma inflicted by their father. Cristina Comencini directs this Oscar-nominated drama.

    Directed by:

  • Cristina Comencini
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Everybody's Famous
    rating:3.1

    Everybody's Famous

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Factory worker Jean Vereecken (Josse De Pauw) dreams that his chubby daughter, Marva (Eva van der Gucht), will become a star, even after she performs disastrously in a local singing competition. One day, Jean seizes a golden opportunity, kidnapping pop diva Debbie (Thekla Reuten) and demanding that her manager give Marva a shot at stardom. Dominique Deruddere directs this upbeat comedy, which received an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Language Film.

    Directed by:

  • Dominique Deruddere
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Map of the Sounds of Tokyo
    rating:3.1

    Map of the Sounds of Tokyo

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    When the daughter of prominent Tokyo businessman Mr. Nagara (Takeo Nakahara) commits suicide, Nagara's heartbroken employee Ishida (Hideo Sakaki) hires part-time hit woman Ryu (Rinko Kikuchi) to kill the man (Sergi López) perceived as responsible for the daughter's death. Meanwhile, a curious sound engineer becomes obsessed with Ryu and her life in this lyrical and mysterious drama from acclaimed Spanish director Isabel Coixet.

    Directed by:

  • Isabel Coixet
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Lazos de Amor
    rating:3.1

    Lazos de Amor

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    In this popular Mexican telenovela, singer and actress Lucero plays triplets separated not at birth but by a terrible auto accident that left the girls' parents dead, one triplet blind and another an amnesiac. While the triplets' grandmother raised two of them, another woman rescued and raised the amnesiac as her own. Now adults -- and all wildly different -- the sisters are reunited, with unexpected consequences for everyone.

    Directed by:

  • Miguel Corcega
  • Monica Miguel
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    My Only U
    rating:3.1

    My Only U

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Knowing that his longtime crush, Winona (Toni Gonzaga), tested positive for a fatal disease finally gave Bong (Vhong Navarro) the courage to get closer to her. But when certain truths come to light about Winona's illness, it threatens to destroy their fledgling romance. Now, Bong isn't sure that he wants to love anyone. But can a determined Winona convince him that what they have between them is worth it?

    Directed by:

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

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    Venus Beauty Institute
    rating:3.1

    Venus Beauty Institute

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Unable to find long-term romance, aging hair stylist Angèle (Nathalie Baye) settles for the salon's distaff camaraderie and for living by proxy through her co-workers. But her life gets upended when shaggy-haired stud Antoine (Samuel Le Bihan) abruptly declares his love for her. The guarded Angèle faces a choice between taking a chance on intimacy and remaining inside her protective shell. Audrey Tautou co-stars as Angèle's salon co-worker.

    Directed by:

  • Tonie Marshall
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Goodbye First Love
    rating:3.1

    Goodbye First Love

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    In this lyrical drama, 15-year-old Camille must deal with her devastation when an older boy with whom she's fallen in love leaves to travel through South America. Over the next few years, she grows into a young woman and tries to love again.

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  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Charlotte Rampling: The Look
    rating:3.1

    Charlotte Rampling: The Look

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    Actress Charlotte Rampling largely tells her own story in this unconventional self-portrait conceived by filmmaker Angelina Maccarone. Highlights include conversations between Rampling and her friends, along with clips from her most famous films.

    Directed by:

  • Angelina Maccarone
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    A French Gigolo
    rating:3.1

    A French Gigolo

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Josiane Balasko's part farce, part drama centers on Judith (Nathalie Baye), an entrepreneur in her 50s who gets caught in a tangle of emotions with sensitive, money-strapped prostitute Patrick (Eric Caravaca) and his cute wife, Fanny (Isabelle Carré). While financially supporting relatives in the Paris projects, Patrick begins to despair until Fanny, who has learned of her husband's secret profession, drives him back to Judith's arms and money.

    Directed by:

  • Josiane Balasko
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Almayer's Folly
    rating:3.1

    Almayer's Folly

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    This affecting adaptation of a Joseph Conrad novel follows the efforts of a Western trader in 1950s Malaysia to ensure a lush life for his daughter. Instead, he finds that his plans may lead to her ruin by the young man hired to work for him.

    Directed by:

  • Chantal Akerman
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Born Without
    rating:3.1

    Born Without

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Three feet tall and armless, Mexican actor and musician José Flores emerges as a far from pitiable figure in this documentary that instead paints a fascinating portrait of a capable and complex man who embraces life to the fullest. A talented and knowledgeable harmonica player, Flores supports his large (and growing) family by working as a street musician and actor -- all the while carrying on a complicated (and to some, controversial) love life.

    Directed by:

  • Eva Norvind
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Who's Afraid of Kathy Acker?
    rating:3.0

    Who's Afraid of Kathy Acker?

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Trace the extreme life of outlaw writer, performance artist and punk icon Kathy Acker through this vibrant documentary portrait, which chronicles her controversial career challenging society's assumptions about gender and sexuality. Through animation, archival footage, interviews and dramatic reenactments, director Barbara Caspar explores Acker's colorful history, from her well-heeled upbringing to her role as the scribe of society's fringe.

    Directed by:

  • Barbara Caspar
  • rating:3.0 3.0 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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