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The Girl from Monaco
rating:2.8

The Girl from Monaco

2008Runtime:0 minutes
Middle-aged lawyer Bertrand (Fabrice Luchini) chafes at the presence of Christophe (Roschdy Zem), a bodyguard assigned to protect him during a dangerous case. Things worsen when Bertrand catches the eye of free-spirited weather girl Audrey (Louise Bourgoin), Christophe's old flame. Audrey brings out long-dormant feelings in the counselor, who finds himself competing against his guardian for her affections in this charming, French-language romantic comedy.

Directed by:

  • Anne Fontaine
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    A Heavenly Vintage
    rating:2.8

    A Heavenly Vintage

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    In this romantic fantasy set in 19th-century France and based on the novel of the same name by Elizabeth Knox, peasant winemaker Sobran Jodeau sets about to create the perfect vintage. Luckily for him, he has an angel on his side.

    Directed by:

  • Niki Caro
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Crazy Love
    rating:2.8

    Crazy Love

    1987Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on sordid tales (are there any other kind?) from Charles Bukowski's &NFi;Love Is a Dog from Hell&NFi_;, this movie deconstructs three crucial nights over the course of 20 years in the life of bumbling antihero Harry Voss as he runs the gamut from love to defeat. In turn, Voss also progresses from childhood to acne-scared teen to alcoholic adult. A nice blend of pathos and black comedy, Crazy Love will probably offend sensitive viewers!

    Directed by:

  • Dominique Deruddere
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Adoption
    rating:2.8

    Adoption

    1975Runtime:0 minutes
    Bestowed the Grand Prize at the 1975 Berlin Film Festival, Márta Mészáros's masterpiece brings together two souls from diametrically opposed points of life: 43-year-old Kata (Katalin Berek), who longs to indulge her maternal longings, and Anna (Gyöngyvér Vigh), a hard-bitten teenager who lives in a shelter and is suspicious of everyone, even those who seem to have nothing more to offer than love. Can the two find common ground?

    Directed by:

  • Marta Meszaros
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    The Blonds
    rating:2.8

    The Blonds

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    When Argentine director Albertina Carri was just 4 years old, her parents were kidnapped and murdered by the ruling junta on the suspicion that her family members were leftists. In a supreme and heroic act of catharsis, Carri trains her lens on that difficult period in her life and tries to come to terms with the tragedy through this eye-opening documentary.

    Directed by:

  • Albertina Carri
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    A Bookshelf on Top of the Sky
    rating:2.8

    A Bookshelf on Top of the Sky

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    German filmmaker Claudia Heuermann reveals her devotion to musician John Zorn in this fresh and unique documentary (screened at the Montreal International Film Festival and the Munich International Film Festival) that traces the artist's influences. But Heuermann's approach has a multilayered, complex style that doesn't follow a chronological trajectory and mimics, in a way, Zorn's own celebrated approach to music.

    Directed by:

  • Claudia Heuermann
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Siao Yu
    rating:2.8

    Siao Yu

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    To help her boyfriend, Gang Wei (Chung Hua Tou ), achieve American citizenship, Siao Yu (Rene Liu) moves from China to New York, where she enters into a bogus marriage with an aging Italian named Mario (Daniel Travanti) who used to be a journalist but now spends most of his time gambling. But when Mario's wife (Marj Dusay) -- who left him years ago -- suddenly returns, the oddly matched foursome develops a strangely familiar relationship.

    Directed by:

  • Sylvia Chang
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Listening to the Judge
    rating:2.8

    Listening to the Judge

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    Edited down from a more than six-hour conversation between director Isabel Coixet and her subject, this documentary portrait gives controversial Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón free reign to discuss his highest-profile public actions.

    Directed by:

  • Isabel Coixet
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Sunny Land
    rating:2.8

    Sunny Land

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Applying an experimentalist's eye to the documentary format, German filmmakers Marietta Kesting and Aljoscha Weskott revisit a bizarre chapter in South African history: an apartheid-era casino complex that was open to people of all races. The film blends archival footage with recently shot re-enactments culled from visitors' vivid memories, resulting in a tone that's closer to ridiculous than reverent.

    Directed by:

  • Aljoscha Weskott
  • Marietta Kesting
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    First of All, Felicia
    rating:2.8

    First of All, Felicia

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Attempting to return home from a trip to Romania, Felicia (Ozana Oancea) is forced to confront her dysfunctional family relationships and the current state of her life when her flighty sister neglects to show up and drive her to the airport. Filmmakers Melissa de Raaf and Razvan Radulescu set out to show how the simplest gestures -- good or bad -- can have a profound effect on our lives. Ileana Cernat and Vasile Mentzel co-star as Felicia's parents.

    Directed by:

  • Melissa de Raaf
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Je tu il elle
    rating:2.8

    Je tu il elle

    1974Runtime:0 minutes
    Chantal Akerman directs and stars in this provocative drama, which follows a high-strung young woman as she writes a long letter to her former lover, catches a ride with an attractive truck driver (Niels Arestrup) and pays a visit to her ex-girlfriend (Claire Wauthion). Akerman's first feature-length film, this poignant tale explores the heroine's deepest desires by patiently dwelling on each of her unique experiences.

    Directed by:

  • Chantal Akerman
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    El Alquimista Impaciente
    rating:2.8

    El Alquimista Impaciente

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    When a nuclear power-plant worker turns up dead, it's up to an intrepid pair of detectives from the Spanish Guardia Civil (Ingrid Rubio and Roberto Enriquez) to figure out why someone would want to kill him. But with an "average Joe" victim and no apparent motive to advance their investigation, they've got their work cut out for them. Patricia Ferreira directs this taut mystery-thriller, adapted from the novel by Lorenzo Silva.

    Directed by:

  • Patricia Ferreira
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Iris
    rating:2.8

    Iris

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    In this Spanish-language drama, young photographer Iris (played by Silke) lives in danger and squalor like nearly everyone else in her war-torn country, constantly reminded that time is fleeting and life sometimes devalued. But she perseveres, determined to eke out a peaceful -- even passionate -- existence, buoyed by the possibility of love and the hope she finds in her daughter. The supporting cast includes Ana Torrent and Gines Garcia Millan.

    Directed by:

  • Rosa Verges
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    How to Cook Your Life
    rating:2.8

    How to Cook Your Life

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    German filmmaker Doris Dörrie documents a summer in the life of renowned Zen practitioner and cook Edward Espe Brown as he teaches culinary classes in Zen centers in Austria and California, revealing the role food plays in our bodies and spirits.

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  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    New York Memories
    rating:2.8

    New York Memories

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    In this filmic memoir, German director Rosa von Praunheim returns to New York, a city he knew and loved in the woolly 1970s, to see what he might find and also to check in on the colorful protagonists of his 1989 documentary, Überleben in New York. Both a personal journey and a historical survey, New York Memories captures a transformed city by charting the shifting course of gay life, from Warhol Factory figures to the AIDS ravaged, within it.

    Directed by:

  • Rosa von Praunheim
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    The Intruder
    rating:2.8

    The Intruder

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    When doctors inform an ailing man (Michel Subor) that he'll need a heart transplant to survive, he embarks on an emotional journey to find an organ donor in the long-lost Tahitian son (Gregoire Colin) he abandoned long ago. Katerina Golubeva, Bambou, Florence Loiret-Caille, Lolita Chammah, Alex Descas and Dong-ho Kim co-star in writer-director Claire Denis's enigmatic drama based on the novel by Jean-Luc Nancy.

    Directed by:

  • Claire Denis
  • 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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