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Dancing Dreams: Teenagers Perform Kontakthof by Pina Bausch
rating:3.8

Dancing Dreams: Teenagers Perform Kontakthof by Pina Bausch

2009Runtime:0 minutes
Late choreographer Pina Bausch makes her final filmed appearance in this engrossing documentary, which tracks a group of German teens over the course of a year as they learn the moves of Bausch's daunting dance work, "Kontakthof." With the venerated instructor as their guide, the students develop the intense physical skills required and also discuss the emotional strides they've made, both in the studio and in daily life.

Directed by:

  • Anne Linsel
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Patrik, Age 1.5
    rating:3.8

    Patrik, Age 1.5

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    After moving from the city to a small town, gay couple Sven (Torkel Petersson) and Goran (Gustaf Skarsgård) adopt a child. But when Patrik (Thomas Ljungman) arrives in their lives, it turns out he's not 1.5 years old as they were told by the adoption agency -- he's a rebellious, homophobic 15-year-old. While the couple houses the angry boy until the mix-up is resolved, his presence causes them to reassess their lives.

    Directed by:

  • Ella Lemhagen
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Water
    rating:3.8

    Water

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    After losing her husband to illness, 8-year-old Chuyia (Sarala) is forced to live out the rest of her days in a temple for Hindu widows, communing with 14 other women and a cruel headmistress who agrees to take her in. But it's through the trials of another widow, a beautiful prostitute named Kalyani (Lisa Ray) who's being courted by a man from a higher caste (John Abraham), that Chuyia learns the true restrictions of widowhood.

    Directed by:

  • Deepa Mehta
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    After the Wedding
    rating:3.8

    After the Wedding

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    To save the failing orphanage he runs in India, Danish transplant Jacob Petersen (Mads Mikkelsen) returns to his homeland to meet a self-indulgent businessman named Jørgen who's offered a generous donation -- and represents everything the noble-minded Jacob abhors. Complicating matters further are the unusual strings Jørgen has attached to his so-called gift. Rolf Lassgård co-stars in this Oscar-nominated emotional powerhouse of a drama.

    Directed by:

  • Susanne Bier
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl
    rating:3.8

    Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    At the height of China's Cultural Revolution, a girl is sent to a remote area as part of a government initiative and finds her exile a thrilling adventure -- and a nightmarish trap. This rich tale examines the individual cost of collective decisions.

    Directed by:

  • Joan Chen
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    The Mermaid
    rating:3.7

    The Mermaid

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    As a little girl, Alisa (Mariya Shalayeva) always believed the fantasy that she could make any wish come true. But as a young woman, she must quickly adapt to grim reality when she moves to Moscow with her mother. In the big city, Alisa meets Sasha (Yevgeni Tsyganov), a depressive heavy drinker who has a terrible tendency of putting his life in danger -- and who may prove to be her undoing.

    Directed by:

  • Anna Melikyan
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Chevolution
    rating:3.7

    Chevolution

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    This intriguing documentary charts the history of photographer Alberto Korda's iconic portrait of Argentinean revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, from the moment the picture was taken to its spread as an international symbol of rebellion. Using archival footage, filmmakers Trisha Ziff and Luis Lopez take a fascinating look at how a single image helped galvanize a generation of counterculturists.

    Directed by:

  • Trisha Ziff
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Om Shanti Om
    rating:3.7

    Om Shanti Om

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    In the 1970s, small-time actor Om (Shah Rukh Khan) falls in love with superstar Shanti (Deepika Padukone), but the two of them are later killed in a suspicious on-set fire. When he's reincarnated 30 years later, Om is determined to punish the person who ignited the blaze. In his former life, he swears he saw Shanti's secret husband (Arjun Rampal) set fire to the set … which means his only chance to expose the truth is to have the movie remade.

    Directed by:

  • Farah Khan
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Mostly Martha
    rating:3.7

    Mostly Martha

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    This tragicomic tale follows an uptight professional chef named Martha, who finds her world turned upside down when she takes in her newly orphaned niece, Lina, and tries her hand at parenting.

    Directed by:

  • Sandra Nettelbeck
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Salaam Bombay!
    rating:3.7

    Salaam Bombay!

    1988Runtime:0 minutes
    This wrenching story concerns a 10-year-old boy who's tossed out onto the streets of Bombay to find work. As he tries to earn enough money to return home, he finds it's hard enough just trying to stay alive in a lawless world.

    Directed by:

  • Mira Nair
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Cleo from 5 to 7
    rating:3.7

    Cleo from 5 to 7

    1961Runtime:0 minutes
    A woman delves into the inner depths of her soul and resurfaces transformed in this 1962 film by French director Agnes Varda. Young singer Cleo (Corrine Marchand) strolls along the bustling Paris streets, pondering the meaning of life and her own existence as she awaits the results of her cancer biopsy. Cleo's observations offer a close look at Paris's rich street life, and desperation turns into hope when Cleo encounters a young soldier.

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  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Antonia's Line
    rating:3.7

    Antonia's Line

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Winner of the 1995 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this heartwarming drama is the remarkable story of a strong-willed woman who builds a new life with her teenage daughter in a quiet Dutch village after World War II. As she challenges the local customs, she begins to win her neighbors' affections. Earthy, sexy and romantic, the film is a joyous, multi-generational celebration of simple pleasures, lust for life and enduring passions.

    Directed by:

  • Marleen Gorris
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Cherry Blossoms
    rating:3.7

    Cherry Blossoms

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    After finding out that her husband, Rudi (Elmar Wepper), has a fatal illness, Trudi Angermeier (Hannelore Elsner) arranges a trip to Berlin so they can see their children (Maximilian Brückner and Nadja Uhl). Of course, the kids don't know the real reason they're visiting -- and the catch is, neither does Rudi. Complications ensue after a tragic, unexpected turn of events that leads Rudi to learn unsettling secrets about his wife.

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  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Monsoon Wedding
    rating:3.7

    Monsoon Wedding

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    As the monsoon rains loom in director Mira Nair's romantic drama, Lalit Verma (Naseeruddin Shah) and his extended family reunite for the last-minute arranged marriage of his daughter Aiditi (Vasundhara Das) in New Delhi. But long-guarded secrets threaten to tear the family apart. As wedding preparations proceed, five stories intersect, highlighting different aspects of love and crossing boundaries of class and continent.

    Directed by:

  • Mira Nair
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Queen to Play
    rating:3.7

    Queen to Play

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Intrigued by a pair of vacationing lovers playing chess, hotel maid Hélène sets her sights on mastering the game. With some coaching from a doctor who employs her services, Hélène hones her chess skills and begins to notice big changes in her life.

    Directed by:

  • Caroline Bottaro
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Earth
    rating:3.7

    Earth

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Deepa Mehta directed this stirring tale -- the second movie in a trilogy preceded by Fire and followed by Water -- about the religious and civil wars that broke out in India and Pakistan in the 1947 battle to gain independence from the British. Earth is based on the autobiographical novel &NFi;Cracking India&NFi_; by Bapsi Sidhwa and is told through the eyes of a little girl, Lenny (Maia Sethna), who has one leg in a brace.

    Directed by:

  • Deepa Mehta
  • rating:3.7 3.7 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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