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The Ring Finger
rating:2.9

The Ring Finger

2005Runtime:0 minutes
After losing part of her finger in an industrial accident, gorgeous Iris (Olga Kurylenko) takes a job as an assistant to a man (Marc Barbé) running a lab where people bring keepsakes to be preserved -- and enters his strange, slightly disturbing reality. As she becomes ensconced in an odd, sensuous world of fetishes, ghosts and hauntingly silent unclaimed mementos, Iris falls into a steamy, bizarre affair with her boss in this erotic drama.

Directed by:

  • Diane Bertrand
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Like a Dream
    rating:2.9

    Like a Dream

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    The death of a pet cat sends Chinese immigrant Max (Daniel Wu) into a recurring nightmare, where he's haunted by the face of a grieving woman (Yolanda Yuan). But when Max meets the woman in real life, she's nothing like her dreamy doppelgänger. Is it purely coincidental, or is there a real connection brewing between them? Clara Law directs this haunting tale of modern-day severance and relocation set in New York, Shanghai and Taipei.

    Directed by:

  • Clara Law
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Beau Travail
    rating:2.9

    Beau Travail

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Claire Denis loosely adapted Herman Melville's &NFi;Billy Budd&NFi_; and transferred the tale from the sea to the sparse landscape of East Africa's Djibouti. Sgt. Galoup (Denis Lavant), a French Foreign Legion officer, is intimidated by the arrival of a new recruit, Sentain (Gregoire Colin). When Galoup's commander, Forestier (Michel Subor), shows Sentain extreme favoritism, Galoup recklessly acts out on his irrational emotion.

    Directed by:

  • Claire Denis
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Doña Bárbara
    rating:2.9

    Doña Bárbara

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    When young lawyer Santos Luzardo (Jorge Perugorría) returns home to the family ranch, he plans to sell off the property and put his troubled past behind him once and for all, but winds up falling under the spell of femme fatale Doña Bárbara (Esther Goris). As it turns out, making a clean break is going to be more difficult than he expected. Betty Kaplan directs this 1998 adaptation of Rómulo Gallegos's classic novel.

    Directed by:

  • Betty Kaplan
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Les rendez-vous d'Anna
    rating:2.9

    Les rendez-vous d'Anna

    1978Runtime:0 minutes
    While promoting her latest release across Western Europe, film director Anna (Aurore Clément) makes brief but fascinating connections with friends and strangers alike, who cannot stop themselves from sharing intimate details of their personal lives. Written and directed by renowned Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman, this moody drama about modern relationships also stars Helmut Griem, Magali Noel and Hanns Zischler.

    Directed by:

  • Chantal Akerman
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Kissed by Winter
    rating:2.9

    Kissed by Winter

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Consumed with grief in the wake of her young son's tragic death, a Norwegian doctor (Annika Hallin) breaks all ties with her husband and begins a new life, retreating to the relative void of a remote country town. Once there, she finds herself embroiled in an investigation surrounding the death of a Muslim immigrant by getting dangerously close to the man (Kristoffer Joner) everyone suspects of committing the crime.

    Directed by:

  • Sara Johnsen
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    The Rider Named Death
    rating:2.9

    The Rider Named Death

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on the 1909 novel &NFi;The Pale Horse&NFi_; by Boris Savinkov, this Russian drama from director Karen Shakhnazarov follows the members of a social revolutionary group who believe they're carrying out political justice by assassinating a series of high-ranking government officials. With the grand duke next on their hit list, Georges, Erna, Vanya, Heinrich and Fyodor must grapple with their own motivations for taking part in organized murder.

    Directed by:

  • Karen Shakhnazarov
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    All About Love
    rating:2.9

    All About Love

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    After more than a decade apart, ex-lovers Anita (Vivian Chow) and Macy (Sandra Ng) reunite unexpectedly, and learn they still share a mutual passion. But there's one -- or rather, two -- big hurdles: the babies they're carrying in their pregnant bellies. William Chan and Eddie Cheung co-star as the fathers-to-be in this Hong Kong romance about uncommon complications and commitment from director Ann Hui.

    Directed by:

  • Ann Hui
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    A Couch in New York
    rating:2.9

    A Couch in New York

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    In need of peace and quiet, New York City psychoanalyst Henry (William Hurt) swaps apartments with Parisian dancer Beatrice (Juliette Binoche). But Henry's hopes for relaxation fade as an increasing number of men call on Beatrice, who has her hands full with Henry's needy patients. When he returns home early and finds his miserable clients cheery, Henry decides to learn Beatrice's secret by disguising himself as a patient.

    Directed by:

  • Chantal Akerman
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Home
    rating:2.9

    Home

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    When an unused highway next to their home is rebuilt and put back to use, Michel (Olivier Gourmet) and Marthe (Isabelle Huppert) soon discover it's an affront to their once peaceful life, adding din and dust to their daily existence. Their extroverted son, Julien (Kacey Mottet Klein), grows more introspective; their daughter, Marion (Madeleine Budd), turns obsessive; and Julie (Adélaïde Leroux) is a near lost cause. But how can they fight back?

    Directed by:

  • Ursula Meier
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Malunde
    rating:2.9

    Malunde

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Post-apartheid South Africa is the setting for this drama about a mismatched twosome who end up together on a life-altering journey to Cape Town. Polar opposites Kobus (Ian Roberts), a white ex-soldier who struggles with demons from his past, and Wonderboy (Kagiso Mtetwa), a young black street kid who clings to memories of his family, come together to take on the society that has cast them aside and eventually build a friendship for the ages.

    Directed by:

  • Stefanie Sycholt
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    A Fuga, A Raiva, A Dança, A Bunda, A Boca, A Calma, A Vida da Mulher Gorila
    rating:2.9

    A Fuga, A Raiva, A Dança, A Bunda, A Boca, A Calma, A Vida da Mulher Gorila

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Traveling through the countryside outside of Rio de Janeiro in a ramshackle bus, two young women earn cash by performing a one-off sideshow act in which one of them "transforms" herself into a dangerous gorilla. But as one town after another disappears in their rearview mirror, the rigors of the road test their friendship. This offbeat drama from directors Felipe Bragança and Marina Meliande stars Morena Cattoni and Flora Dias.

    Directed by:

  • Marina Meliande
  • 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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    Requiem for Billy the Kid
    rating:2.9

    Requiem for Billy the Kid

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    French filmmaker Anne Feinsilber revisits the Wild West to investigate the untimely death of famed outlaw William Bonney, known to history as Billy the Kid. Did Sheriff Pat Garrett really kill Billy, or does another man inhabit that New Mexico grave? Amid gorgeous scenic shots and vintage photographs, Feinsilber also explores parallels between the Kid and the short-lived French poet Arthur Rimbaud, whose words are read here by Kris Kristofferson.

    Directed by:

  • Anne Feinsilber
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    The Einstein of Sex
    rating:2.9

    The Einstein of Sex

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Long before the Stonewall Riots, Masters and Johnson or even the Kinsey Report, there was Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, a gay German Jew living in 19th century Berlin. Now, Rosa von Praunheim, the firebrand of German cinema, presents a compelling account of the doctor who founded the first gay political group in 1897 and established the first medical practice for gays, the renowned Institute on Sexual Science, which thrived until Nazi oppression.

    Directed by:

  • Rosa von Praunheim
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Towards Evening
    rating:2.9

    Towards Evening

    1991Runtime:0 minutes
    Life takes a chaotic turn for solitary Prof. Ludovico Bruschi (Marcello Mastroianni) when he becomes guardian of his 4-year-old granddaughter, Papere (Lara Pranzoni), in this bittersweet drama. After she's dumped on his doorstep, the widowed Bruschi takes Papere in and schools her in the art of genteel, orderly living, but their mannerly world is disrupted when the girl's wayward mother (Sandrine Bonnaire) returns.

    Directed by:

  • Francesca Archibugi
  • 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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