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Capitaes De Abril
rating:3.0

Capitaes De Abril

2000Runtime:0 minutes
Set in Portugal, actress Maria de Medeiros's directorial debut depicts the events of April 25, 1974, when the country was freed from 40 years of dictatorship. Told through the eyes of two army captains and a teacher (de Medeiros), this historical drama relives the day in which a section of the Portuguese military, disgusted at domestic repression and bloody colonial conflict in Africa, instituted a nonviolent coup to oust the fascist government.

Directed by:

  • Maria de Medeiros
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    Sexo por Compasion
    rating:3.0

    Sexo por Compasion

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Kindhearted Dolores (Elisabeth Margoni) has just lost her husband because she's much too nice -- in bed, that is. Unable to stop her good deeds, which entail sleeping with nearly every man who asks, Dolores becomes notoriously popular in her town. The once-gloomy place has now morphed into one filled with joy, thanks to her "work." But all she wants is to be back with her beloved, who seems curiously immune to her feminine allure.

    Directed by:

  • Laura Mana
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    Men
    rating:3.0

    Men

    1985Runtime:0 minutes
    After learning his wife (Ulrike Kriener) is sleeping with a virtually penniless artist (Uwe Ochsenknecht), successful corporate ad exec Julius (Heiner Lauterbach) cooks up a twisted plot for revenge by moving in with the competition and becoming his pal. The plot thickens when Julius influences the artist to become more and more like himself -- all in an effort to put the kibosh on his wife's affair. Doris Dörrie writes and directs.

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    An Autumn's Tale
    rating:3.0

    An Autumn's Tale

    1987Runtime:0 minutes
    Lee Kay (Cherie Chung) leaves her native Hong Kong to live in New York's Chinatown while studying at New York University. When she discovers that her boyfriend is having an affair, her cousin Boat Head (Chow Yun-Fat) comforts her. Meanwhile, Boat Head is dealing with problems of his own -- namely, a gambling addiction. Soon, the pair's mutual attraction threatens to cross bloodlines. Mabel Cheung (Beijing Rocks) directs.

    Directed by:

  • Mabel Cheung
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    Geburt
    rating:3.0

    Geburt

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Beautifully photographed and conceived, this sublime documentary from filmmakers Erich Langjahr and Silvia Haselbeck artfully chronicles the stages of pregnancy, from gestation and fetal development to Lamaze classes and delivery. Additionally, Langjahr and Haselbeck's film profiles the work of a modern-day midwife, and reveals the serene and almost spiritual way she welcomes a new life into the world.

    Directed by:

  • Erich Langjahr
  • Silvia Haselbeck
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    Am I Beautiful?
    rating:3.0

    Am I Beautiful?

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    In this ensemble comedy-drama, acclaimed director Doris Dorrie explores the complexities of love, loss, compassion and spirituality through a series of intertwining stories featuring a group of lost souls.

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    Hana, Dul, Sed...
    rating:3.0

    Hana, Dul, Sed...

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Brigitte Weich follows four members of North Korea's national women's soccer team during their careers and after retirement in this fascinating documentary that provides a look inside the nation's culture. While playing, the women receive financial perks at home, but endure taunts about their country when abroad. Forced to retire when the team doesn't qualify for the Olympics, the women move on to other jobs or raising families.

    Directed by:

  • Brigitte Weich
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    Killing Words
    rating:3.0

    Killing Words

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    No one knows what's truly behind the genial facade of Ramon (Dario Grandinetti), a college instructor who's so meticulous, nothing in his world seems out of order. And yet, his basement is a dark place of chaos, one in which he's forced an unwitting guest named Laura (Goya Toledo) to stay and play a deadly game. The stakes are high: If she wins, she walks; if she loses, her life is on the line. Laura hopes she can hold her own.

    Directed by:

  • Laura Mana
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    Comment Ça Va?
    rating:3.0

    Comment Ça Va?

    1978Runtime:0 minutes
    In this philosophical feature from Jean-Luc Godard, the film's co-writer and co-director, Anne-Marie Miéville, stars as one of a pair of communist journalists who set out to make an honest documentary about their employer's printing plant.

    Directed by:

  • Jean-Luc Godard
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    The Rainbow Warriors of Waiheke Island
    rating:3.0

    The Rainbow Warriors of Waiheke Island

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    In this politically charged documentary, survivors of the 1985 attack on the Greenpeace ship the &NFi;Rainbow Warrior&NFi_; recount the vessel's history and its key role in increasing public awareness of nuclear testing on Mururoa Atoll in the Pacific. What began as a "rusty old ship" became a symbol of Greenpeace's environmental activism -- and eventually attracted the attention of the French secret service.

    Directed by:

  • Suzanne Raes
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    The Crown Jewels
    rating:3.0

    The Crown Jewels

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    After being arrested for committing murder, young Fragancia relates her life story to the police inspector, telling him of her childhood in a remote Swedish village, her friendship with a wealthy heir and her unrequited love for a hockey superstar.

    Directed by:

  • Ella Lemhagen
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    Draquila: Italy Trembles
    rating:3.0

    Draquila: Italy Trembles

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Despite allegations of blackmail, bribery and worse, Silvio Berlusconi remains one of the most popular prime ministers in Italian history. In this sardonic documentary, satirist Sabina Guzzanti seeks to discover why he continues to be elected. At the heart of this 2010 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection is L'Aquila, an earthquake-ravaged small town that Guzzanti views as representative of the shift in Italian life under Berlusconi's leadership.

    Directed by:

  • Sabina Guzzanti
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    I Am My Own Woman
    rating:3.0

    I Am My Own Woman

    1992Runtime:0 minutes
    This docudrama tells the story of Charlotte von Mahlsdor -- born Lothar Berflede -- who, defining herself as a woman trapped in a man's body, survived World War II and the East German Stasis to become a founder of the German gay liberation movement. Melding documentary footage and interviews with dramatic reenactments, filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim paints a vivid portrait of a woman who defied convention to live according to her own rules.

    Directed by:

  • Rosa von Praunheim
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    No Turning Back
    rating:3.0

    No Turning Back

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    After losing his pregnant wife and home during a catastrophic hurricane, Pablo (Jesus Nebot), a hard-working English professor from Honduras, immigrates with his 5-year-old daughter to California, where he begins working in the fields. But sometimes trouble follows a man, and after another tragic accident, Pablo hits the road again with daughter in tow -- this time to Mexico, and with a documentary filmmaker as their driver.

    Directed by:

  • Jesus Nebot
  • Julia Montejo
  • rating:3.0 3.0 Average Rating

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    La Petite Jerusalem
    rating:3.0

    La Petite Jerusalem

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Complications with the men in their lives prompt two Jewish sisters living in a cramped apartment in Paris's Little Jerusalem neighborhood to reevaluate their choices and their faith. Older sibling Mathilde (Elsa Zylberstein) grapples with how to respond to her husband's infidelity, while the younger Laura (Fanny Valette) falls in love with a Muslim co-worker. Their respective dilemmas send the two women on a soul-searching quest for wisdom.

    Directed by:

  • Karin Albou
  • rating:3.0 3.0 Average Rating

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    Mr. Bing and L'Art Nouveau
    rating:3.0

    Mr. Bing and L'Art Nouveau

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Françoise Levie's documentary examines the influential career of art patron, dealer and critic Siegfried Bing. Considered the father of the late 19th century art nouveau movement, Bing helped shape a new visual sensibility by exhibiting the works of artists such as Münch and Toulouse-Lautrec, promoting decorative arts and talented unknowns and exposing Europe to the beauty and refinement of Asian art. Also includes a slide show gallery.

    Directed by:

  • Francoise Levie
  • 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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