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Alicia Bustamente
rating:2.8

Alicia Bustamente

2008Runtime:0 minutes
An iconic figure in New German Cinema, Hanna Schygulla brings her heroine instinct to bear in this homage to kindred spirit Alicia Bustamante -- herself a legend of Cuban theater and film -- whom Schygulla met on the set of a 1992 production. Through spontaneous moments caught on celluloid, she captures the personality, charm and infectious humor of the multifaceted Bustamante, who has been Schygulla's colleague and companion for nearly 20 years.

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  • Hanna Schygulla
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    1:1
    rating:2.8

    1:1

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    When young white xenophobe Per (Jonas Busekist) falls victim to a savage beating in a rough-and-tumble Copenhagen suburb, the lad's sister (Joy K. Petersen) begins to suspect that her Muslim immigrant boyfriend may know who battered her brother into a coma. As Per's life hangs in the balance, the family and neighborhood are plunged into a cauldron of suspicion and hostility. Annette K. Olesen directs this drama that co-stars Mohammed Al-Bakier.

    Directed by:

  • Annette K. Olesen
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Gaudi Afternoon
    rating:2.8

    Gaudi Afternoon

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Barcelona hasn't turned out to be the romantic dreamland fledgling translator Cassandra (Judy Davis) thought it would be. She's about to return to America when the mysterious Frankie (Marcia Gay Harden) offers her a large sum of money to track down Frankie's missing lover. Soon, Cassandra's embroiled in a kidnapping case full of double crosses and lesbian femmes fatales! Juliette Lewis and Lili Taylor co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Susan Seidelman
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Ecoute le Temps
    rating:2.8

    Ecoute le Temps

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    An unsettling atmosphere pervades in this French thriller about a sound engineer who uses the tools of her trade to investigate her mother's murder when the local police appear to be making little headway. Traveling to her mother's country home to learn more about her life, Charlotte (Émilie Dequenne) begins using her sound equipment to record events and soon realizes that her tapes are capturing sounds from the past as well as the present.

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    Punish Me
    rating:2.8

    Punish Me

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Elsa Seifert (Maren Kroymann), a middle-aged probation officer, finds her professional and personal lives blurring (with potentially disastrous consequences) when 16-year-old delinquent Jan Winkler (Kostja Ullmann) is placed under her supervision. As the restless young man insinuates himself into Elsa's empty-nest household, he also offers to sexually subjugate himself to her. Wary but enticed, Elsa takes their relationship to the next level.

    Directed by:

  • Angelina Maccarone
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    A Real Life
    rating:2.8

    A Real Life

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    When petty thief Bruno (Guillaume Depardieu) falls in love with Isabelle (Florence Loiret), a teacher, they believe they can build a life together despite his criminal past. That is, until the authorities begin to close in and the two are forced on the lam in the wilderness. Drifting down the river and wandering through the woods, they become lost in each other, blithely ignoring the future. This romance was Depardieu's final film.

    Directed by:

  • Sarah Leonor
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Pudana Last of the Line
    rating:2.8

    Pudana Last of the Line

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    When a young indigenous girl, Neko (Aleksandra Okotetto), is forced to leave her home on the Siberian tundra and attend a Soviet boarding school, she's miserable away from her traditional life with her father (Jevgeni Hudi) and grandmother (Anastasia Lapsui) -- so she and a friend form a plan to escape. Filmmakers Lapsui and Markku Lehmuskallio partially based this moving drama about compulsory assimilation on Lapsui's childhood experiences.

    Directed by:

  • Anastasia Lapsui
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Let It Rain
    rating:2.8

    Let It Rain

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Returning to her provincial home in the south of France, feminist politician Agathe Villanova (Agnès Jaoui) struggles to reconcile herself with the old-fashioned family she left behind, as well as the undignified demands of her profession. After an interview for a political documentary falls flat, Agathe faces further challenges in dealing with her sister, Florence (Pascale Arbillot), and her lover, Antoine (Frédéric Pierrot).

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    Noon at Ngayon
    rating:2.8

    Noon at Ngayon

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    After being apart for almost a decade, four childhood pals reunite and discover that true friendship can always stand the test of time. In a tale of devotion, support and love, Joey, Sylvia, Kathy and Maritess band together to heal the wounds of their pasts, endure the pains of their present and bear witness to the future. In the face of life's many unpredictabilities, the quartet draws upon their unbreakable bond for stability and strength.

    Directed by:

  • Marilou Diaz-Abaya
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    The Color of Olives
    rating:2.8

    The Color of Olives

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Life is anything but ordinary for Palestinian Hani Amer and his family, whose home lies in the path of a long wall being built by Israel to keep suicide bombers out of the country. Armed militia, an electrified fence and locked gates now separate the Amers from their farm, providing a reminder that an age-old battle is clearly not over. Filmmaker Carolina Rivas' pensive documentary relies on natural light to lend peace to a war-torn environment.

    Directed by:

  • Carolina Rivas
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Malls R Us
    rating:2.8

    Malls R Us

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    This provocative documentary from filmmaker Helene Klodawsky examines the ways that shopping malls transcend their profane function as centers of commerce to become -- for better or worse -- de facto sacred spaces in modern life. Drawing on illustrations from malls across the globe and insights from architects, activists and shoppers, Klodawsky explores how social interaction in these public spaces is redefining cultural values.

    Directed by:

  • Helene Klodawsky
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Wall
    rating:2.8

    Wall

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    By asking simple questions of those affected by the construction of a concrete wall between Israelis and Palestinians, filmmaker Simone Bitton allows the people to speak for themselves. The result is a portrait of the Palestinian inhabitants, the Israeli settlers and the officials who are fencing them in -- a thoughtful documentary that explores the sweeping emotions behind one of the most enduring struggles of the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Directed by:

  • Simone Bitton
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    In My Skin
    rating:2.8

    In My Skin

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    When she receives deep lesions to her leg after a fall, Esther (Marina de Van) becomes obsessed with her wounds. At first, the obsession is innocent, comparable to a body-image issue, but soon she's harming herself more destructively. Esther's boyfriend (Laurent Lucas) becomes justifiably disturbed and outraged but can't understand what she's going through, which causes her to delve further into despair and her destructive pattern.

    Directed by:

  • Marina de Van
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Pardon My French
    rating:2.8

    Pardon My French

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    While staying at her mother's (Dominique Valadie) place, eccentric author Célimène (Chiara Mastroianni) wages a losing battle against writer's block, struggles to get her life back on track and forms an unexpected bond with an overeager teenage girl (Agathe Bonitzer) who wants to be in her next book. Written and directed by Sophie Fillières, this quirky French comedy co-stars Mateo Julio Cedron as Célimène's young son.

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    Goddess of Mercy
    rating:2.8

    Goddess of Mercy

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Ann Hui's film, which opened the 2004 Hong Kong International Film Festival, follows the travails of An Xin (Vicki Zhao), a woman whose work life may be under control, but whose love life is in a shambles. And no wonder: She's juggling two men -- a drug kingpin she meets through work (Nicholas Tse) and her reformed playboy fiancée (Liu Yunlong). Plus, An Xin still hasn't gotten over the death of her husband, Tienjun (Chen Jiabin).

    Directed by:

  • Ann Hui
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Sur
    rating:2.8

    Sur

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Actor-singer Lucky Ali plays Vikramaditya Singh, a charismatic music teacher in a school that attracts young, talented and ambitious musicians who need just the kind of mentoring a gifted teacher can provide. Vikramaditya himself is a renowned singer and has an eagle eye peeled for that one gifted student who stands head and shoulders above the rest -- someone whose talent will surpass even his.

    Directed by:

  • Tanuja Chandra
  • rating:2.8 2.8 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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