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Hillbrow Kids
rating:2.5

Hillbrow Kids

1999Runtime:0 minutes
On the lonely streets of the Hillbrow district in Johannesburg, South Africa, homeless black teens ask white passersby for change, in hopes that their earnings will stave off hunger and help end their waking nightmares. In this gritty documentary framed by the narrative of a fictitious storyteller (Regina Ndlovu), German filmmakers Michael Hammon and Jacqueline Gorgen capture the lives of these impoverished young people with unflinching honesty.

Directed by:

  • Jacqueline Gorgen
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    The Red Earth
    rating:2.5

    The Red Earth

    1946Runtime:0 minutes
    Winner of the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, this drama chronicles the Danish resistance during World War II. Several resistance fighters -- including Michael Lans (Poul Reichhardt) -- are caught and imprisoned after planning an act of sabotage. As Michael reminisces about the events leading up to their capture, he and his cohorts must also determine the identity of the informer in their midst -- and make a plan to escape.

    Directed by:

  • Bodil Ipsen
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Friday Night
    rating:2.5

    Friday Night

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Paris, 1995. Laure (Valérie Lemercier) is about to meet friends for dinner to celebrate her moving in with her boyfriend. But on her way out, she discovers that the entire city is stalled by a massive transit strike. When a handsome stranger (Vincent Lindon) offers her a ride, Laure takes a highly charged, impossibly erotic detour.

    Directed by:

  • Claire Denis
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Lili and the Baobab
    rating:2.5

    Lili and the Baobab

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    French photographer Lili (Romane Bohringer) takes a gig in the remote Senagalese village of Angam, where she forges an unlikely bond with local woman Aminata (Aminata Zaaria). When Lili returns to France, however, she can't quite leave Senegal behind. Soon a crisis in Angam causes Lili to weigh the consequences of going back to Africa. This quiet, probing drama screened at the San Francisco Film Festival.

    Directed by:

  • Chantal Richard
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Portraits Chinois
    rating:2.5

    Portraits Chinois

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    A dreamy Parisian backdrop gives a romantic setting to this thoughtful comedy that follows the heartaches and loves of a group of city-dwellers. Costume designer Ada (Helena Bonham Carter) deals with the ups and downs of her relationship with an unstable screenwriter, Paul (Jean-Philippe Ecoffey), while Paul longs for Ada's co-worker Lise (Romane Bohringer). Elsa Zylberstein, Yvan Attal and Marie Trintignant co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Martine Dugowson
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Assunta Spina / The Last Diva: Double Feature
    rating:2.5

    Assunta Spina / The Last Diva: Double Feature

    1915Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on the novel and play by Salvatore Di Giacomo, Assunta Spina tells of a Neapolitan working-class girl (Francesca Bertini) whose livelihood and honor is constantly threatened by people more powerful than herself. The Last Diva is a tribute to Italian silent-film actress Francesca Bertini, including a special interview with the star herself and clips from her films, with a special focus on Assunta Spina (filmed in 1915).

    Directed by:

  • Francesca Bertini
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    The New Eve
    rating:2.5

    The New Eve

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Camille (Karin Viard) wallows in a decadent Parisian nightlife, partying all night with sexual abandon and pickling herself with drugs and alcohol. But Camille's lifestyle changes when she falls for Alexis (Pierre-Loup Rajot), a militant socialist activist who represents all that she detests. Now, Camille must try to reconcile her love for Alexis with her uncontrollable lust for freedom in this haunting and provocative drama.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Corsini
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Seaside
    rating:2.5

    Seaside

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Marie (Helene Fillieres) lives in the small seaside town of Cayeux, so renowned for its pebbly beach that it has a factory that cleans the stones. An employee at the factory, Marie's become restless with her job and her life and dreams of exploring the world; just as the town has a seasonal life -- popular in the warmer climes, isolated in winter -- so, too, must its residents ebb and flow with the seasons. Will Marie leave to find her dreams?

    Directed by:

  • Julie Lopes-Curval
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Looking for Cheyenne
    rating:2.5

    Looking for Cheyenne

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Sonia (Aurelia Petit) drifts from one affair to another, but the object of her affection has always been Cheyenne (Mila Dekker), who has dropped out of society to live a nomadic lifestyle. Desperate to find her, Sonia combs the countryside looking for her lost love. Unfortunately for the star-crossed pair, fate conspires to keep them apart. Malik Zidi and Guilaine Londez co-star in Valerie Minetto's fantasy-infused romance.

    Directed by:

  • Valerie Minetto
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Autumn Moon
    rating:2.5

    Autumn Moon

    1992Runtime:0 minutes
    When Japanese tourist Tokio travels to Hong Kong, he unexpectedly begins a relationship with 15-year-old Wai, a Chinese girl who cares for her ailing grandmother. Wai invites Tokio for a home-cooked meal, sparking a new friendship. As her family prepares to immigrate to Canada, Wai forms a surprising bond with the young man. This tender coming-of-age story explores the differences in Asian cultures and the joys and sorrows of young love.

    Directed by:

  • Clara Law
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Girl Seeks Girl
    rating:2.5

    Girl Seeks Girl

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Culled from a Web-based series, this saucy Spanish soap follows the romantic entanglements of lesbian bartender Nines (Celia Freijeiro) and her circle of friends as they try to unravel the mysteries of same-sex love and lust. Torn between needy Monica (Cristina Pons) and Monica's supposedly straight roommate, Carmen (Sandra Collantes), Nines also contends with advances from high-spirited actress Ana (Almudena Gallego).

    Directed by:

  • Sonia Sebastian
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Ward No. 6
    rating:2.5

    Ward No. 6

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    This unconventional drama, which employs a nonfiction filmmaking style, chronicles the peculiar case of Dr. Ragin (Vladimir Ilyin), the head of a mental hospital who irritates his subordinates and winds up being committed as a patient in his own facility. Based on a story by famed Russian author Anton Chekhov, this fascinating faux documentary was filmed on location in a functioning mental institution.

    Directed by:

  • Aleksandr Gornovsky
  • Karen Shakhnazarov
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Ilusyon
    rating:2.5

    Ilusyon

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    When the country-raised Miguel (Yul Servo) decides to look up his father, a modernist painter living in Manila, he learns that he's left the city to grieve for the death of his wife, Miguel's mother. While waiting for him to return, however, Miguel meets a beautiful nude model (Jaycee Parker) who's come to sit for a portrait with his father, prompting Miguel to pretend he's an artist just so he can look at her.

    Directed by:

  • Paolo Villaluna
  • Ellen Ramos
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Loving Couples
    rating:2.5

    Loving Couples

    1966Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on Agnes von Krusenstjerna's feminist novel &NFi;The Misses von Pahlen&NFi_;, Mai Zetterling's drama set at the beginning of World War I tells the story of three women from disparate backgrounds, all about to give birth in the same Stockholm hospital. Premarital sex, loveless marriages and motherhood come into play as the women relive the events leading up to present day. Harriet Andersson, Gunnel Lindblom, Gio Petre and Anita Bjork star.

    Directed by:

  • Mai Zetterling
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Girls Can't Swim
    rating:2.5

    Girls Can't Swim

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Gwen, a young French girl who lives in the country, has a best friend, Lise, who lives in Paris but comes to visit Gwen every summer. This year, however, things are a little different. On the verge of full-blown teenhood, Gwen and Lise are beginning to explore their sexuality and must face the possibility that their platonic friendship may be changing to love.

    Directed by:

  • Anne-Sophie Birot
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Romeo & Lorenza
    rating:2.4

    Romeo & Lorenza

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    The gorgeous but completely superficial Lorenza decides to marry the fat and ugly Romeo purely for his money. But when Romeo gets fed up with his wife's abusive behavior, he does not get mad -- he gets even. He leaves the house, and with the help of his trusty pal, Justi, gets an extreme makeover into a handsome hunk. This heartwarming romantic comedy stars Paco Ibáñez, Ricardo Martínez Benítez and Lourdes Munguía.

    Directed by:

  • Sofia Garrido
  • rating:2.4 2.4 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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