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Entre Nous
rating:3.7

Entre Nous

1983Runtime:0 minutes
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, this film beautifully captures the rare friendship that blossoms between two married women, Lena Weber (Isabelle Huppert) and Madeleine (Miou-Miou), living in WWII France, 1942. They attempt to defy the social rules of their time in order to escape their unfulfilling lives. Written and directed by Diane Kurys, who was inspired by her parents' relationship and the woman who came between them.

Directed by:

  • Diane Kurys
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Born Into Brothels
    rating:3.6

    Born Into Brothels

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    British filmmaker Zana Briski's Oscar-winning documentary is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in Calcutta's red-light district, where their mothers work as prostitutes to ensure their survival. Spurred by the kids' fascination with her camera, Briski decides to teach them photography. As they begin to look at and record their world through new eyes, the kids awaken to their own talents and sense of worth.

    Directed by:

  • Ross Kauffman
  • Zana Briski
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Shadow Magic
    rating:3.6

    Shadow Magic

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Ann Hu's arthouse drama tells the story of Raymond, an itinerant Englishman (Jared Harris) who is the first to bring motion pictures to China. While conservatives frown upon the Western invention, the images are a marvel to peasants and royalty alike. Raymond's hand-cranked projector casts images that all at once threaten and amaze the Chinese audience, many of whom have a difficult time reconciling technology and tradition.

    Directed by:

  • Ann Hu
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Blame It on Fidel
    rating:3.6

    Blame It on Fidel

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Nina Kervel-Bey stars as 9-year-old Anna, a privileged young Parisian girl whose orderly, structured life is thrown into turmoil when her parents are drawn into Paris's turbulent and radical 1970s political scene. Julie Gavras (daughter of famed French filmmaker Costa-Gavras) directs this 2007 Sundance Film Festival competition entry.

    Directed by:

  • Julie Gavras
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Beyond Silence
    rating:3.6

    Beyond Silence

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    Laura (Tatjana Trieb) is a dutiful daughter to her hearing-impaired parents, Martin (Howie Seago) and Kai (Emmanuelle Laborit) -- sometimes to the detriment of her own needs. When an aunt (Sibylle Canonica) gives the young girl a clarinet, Laura discovers a hidden talent. As a teen (Sylvie Testud), she attends a Berlin music school on scholarship against Martin's wishes and falls in love. But tragedy calls her back home.

    Directed by:

  • Caroline Link
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Encuentros Sexuales de un Taxxista
    rating:3.6

    Encuentros Sexuales de un Taxxista

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Pedro, a taxi driver bored with the monotony of his life, daydreams about having sexual encounters with his passengers. When Pedro actually gets the chance to act out his fantasies, however, he must face the tragic consequences of his lustful actions. Nadia Contreras, Diana Salgado, Rocio Puron, Gabriel Cosme and Luis Enrique Parra star in this erotic drama.

    Directed by:

  • Ignacio Rinza
  • Bertha Gazga
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Ciao, Professore!
    rating:3.6

    Ciao, Professore!

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    In director Lina Wertmüller's upbeat comedy, Marco Sperelli (Paolo Villaggio) -- a priggish upper-class teacher from northern Italy -- is mistakenly assigned to a tumbledown school in an impoverished village near Naples. But upon arriving, he finds most of his students hustling on the streets to earn money for their families -- and before you can say "school of hard knocks," Sperelli becomes the pupil as the kids tutor him about life's realities.

    Directed by:

  • Lina Wertmuller
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    The Two Horses of Genghis Khan
    rating:3.6

    The Two Horses of Genghis Khan

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Carrying out a promise she made to her family, noted Mongolian musician Urna Chahar-Tugchi seeks out a renowned instrument maker to repair the cherished violin her grandmother was forced to smash during China's Cultural Revolution. Urna then sets out on a revelatory journey through Mongolia to recover the missing verses of "The Two Horses of Genghis Khan," an ancient song inscribed on the violin's neck. Byambasuren Davaa directs this documentary.

    Directed by:

  • Byambasuren Davaa
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    The Cave of the Yellow Dog
    rating:3.6

    The Cave of the Yellow Dog

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Academy Award nominee Byambasuren Davaa (The Story of the Weeping Camel) wrote and directed this docudrama about the disappearing ways of nomadic life in her home country of Mongolia. Young Nansal, the oldest daughter of an actual nomad family, finds a stray dog that quickly becomes her close companion, despite her parents' disapproval. The film depicts the herdspeople's everyday tasks for livelihood and survival, while the city beckons from afar.

    Directed by:

  • Byambasuren Davaa
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    The Children of Leningradsky
    rating:3.6

    The Children of Leningradsky

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Nominated for an Academy Award, this gut-wrenching 2004 documentary examines the plight of homeless youngsters who've made Moscow's Leningradsky train station their sanctuary. While post-Cold War Russia rises as an industrial and economic power, its children continue falling through the cracks into a chasm engulfed by drugs, violence, sexual predators and the soul-killing dance of survival played out on the streets.

    Directed by:

  • Andrzej Celinski
  • Hanna Polak
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    The Gleaners and I
    rating:3.6

    The Gleaners and I

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Inspired by Jean-François Millet's famous painting "Les Glaneuses," filmmaker Agnes Varda strikes out with just a hand-held digital camera in search of the modern equivalent of Millet's grain field gleaners. She finds her quarry at dumpsters, outdoor markets and roadsides across France. Varda's no-holds-barred documentary about scavengers and recyclers is an insouciant treat from beginning to end, with an unexpectedly obtuse perspective.

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  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Fire
    rating:3.6

    Fire

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    Two Hindu women struggle with loveless, arranged marriages: Sita (Nandita Das), who discovers that her husband (Javed Jaffrey) has a mistress, and her sister-in-law, Radha (Shabana Azmi), who cannot give birth. As the lukewarm coals of their long-term relationships fade, the women ignite passion in their lives by finding comfort in each other. Director Deepa Mehta's drama is supposedly the first Indian film about lesbians.

    Directed by:

  • Deepa Mehta
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    The Fairy
    rating:3.6

    The Fairy

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    After Fiona, a woman claiming to be a fairy, arrives at the tiny hotel where Dom works the night shift, the two soon form a bond and engage in a series of charming high jinks. But when Fiona vanishes, Dom goes on a desperate search for her.

    Directed by:

  • Bruno Romy
  • Dominique Abel
  • Fiona Gordon
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Coco Before Chanel
    rating:3.6

    Coco Before Chanel

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Audrey Tautou stars as legendary French designer Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel in this lively biopic that explores the fashion icon's storied ascension from orphan to seamstress and cabaret singer and ultimately, the queen of Parisian haute couture. Alessandro Nivola plays Arthur "Boy" Capel, Chanel's lover and influential business investor who makes a lifelong impact on the young woman. Anne Fontaine directs this Oscar nominee for Best Costume Design.

    Directed by:

  • Anne Fontaine
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Snow
    rating:3.6

    Snow

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Struggling to make ends meet in Yugoslavia shortly after the brutal civil war that raged there in the 1990s, a community of women faces economic ruin even as they mourn the deaths of their husbands and fathers who were killed during the conflict. Their fortunes change when a hotel developer offers to buy their land, but if they sell, will they be surrendering their memories and souls as well? Aida Begic directs this provocative drama.

    Directed by:

  • Aida Begic
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    The Adventures of Prince Achmed
    rating:3.6

    The Adventures of Prince Achmed

    1926Runtime:0 minutes
    Considered by many to be the first full-length animated film, the story of Lotte Reiniger's mesmerizing work is taken from &NFi;The Arabian Nights&NFi_;. A young prince named Achmed embarks on a series of great adventures, including uniting with Aladdin and the Witch of the Fiery Mountains to save a beautiful princess. Produced in Germany, this color-tinted film utilizes laboriously cut out silhouettes to tell its story.

    Directed by:

  • Lotte Reiniger
  • rating:3.6 3.6 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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