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Nowhere in Africa
rating:3.6

Nowhere in Africa

2001Runtime:0 minutes
Shortly before the outbreak of World War II, a Jewish couple and their young daughter emigrate from Germany to Kenya to escape the Nazis, and are forced to come to terms with a new life on an unfamiliar continent. Not all members of the family are happy with this drastic change -- but going home isn't an option. Based on Stefanie Zweig's autobiographical novel, director Caroline Link's epic drama won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Directed by:

  • Caroline Link
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    The Story of the Weeping Camel
    rating:3.6

    The Story of the Weeping Camel

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    This unique documentary follows a Mongolian camel that's rejected her newborn white colt. Now, all hope lies with two young shepherd boys, who must travel across the Gobi desert to find a healing musician. Will the violinist's ritual do the trick? This Oscar-nominated film moves beyond its narrative structure to offer a keenly observed portrait of nomadic herders who are preserving an ancient way of life.

    Directed by:

  • Byambasuren Davaa
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    The Secret Life of Words
    rating:3.6

    The Secret Life of Words

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    After surviving the war in Yugoslavia, taciturn nurse Hanna heads to Ireland for some relaxation. But when she hears about an oil-rig accident off the coast, she agrees to tend to a heroic burn victim, who changes her life.

    Directed by:

  • Isabel Coixet
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    A Year Ago in Winter
    rating:3.6

    A Year Ago in Winter

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    After her beloved 19-year-old son, Alexander, dies suddenly, Eliane (Corinna Harfouch) commissions a local artist named Max (Josef Bierbichler) to paint a portrait that includes both Alexander and his sister, Lilli (Karoline Herfurth). But Max must understand the siblings in order to paint them. Although Lilli resents Max's probing questions, they soon forge a bond as the artist helps his subject work through her pain.

    Directed by:

  • Caroline Link
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Empire of Silver
    rating:3.5

    Empire of Silver

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    This sprawling epic centers on the exploits of a banking dynasty -- headed by patriarch Master Kang -- that controls much of China's wealth at the end of the 19th century, amid political upheaval, romantic rivalries, and outright revolution.

    Directed by:

  • Christina Yao
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    In Darkness
    rating:3.5

    In Darkness

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    As Nazis overrun Warsaw, many of the city's Jews hide out in sewers, where they encounter Leopold, an anti-Semitic sanitation worker. His prejudice reflects the rift between Poland's Jews and Catholics in this film inspired by true events.

    Directed by:

  • Agnieszka Holland
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
    rating:3.5

    He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    With the streets of Bordeaux as backdrop, this thriller paints a picture of love gone awry. Angelique (Audrey Tautou), an artist and student, is in love and claims that her paramour, Luic, a cardiologist (Samuel Le Bihan), is just as enamored of her. But is he? He's married, for one, and he and his wife are expecting a baby. Brokenhearted, Angelique decides her love should conquer all.

    Directed by:

  • Laetitia Colombani
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    You Are the One
    rating:3.5

    You Are the One

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    While applying for a visa to visit her family in America, Sally Malasmas (Toni Gonzaga) meets vice-consul Will Derby (Sam Milby) and romantic sparks fly -- then die after he denies her permit. But Sally senses an opportunity to get her visa when fate brings them together again as Will begins a search for his biological parents. Their growing attraction soon blossoms into love -- which is tested when personal issues separate Sally and Will.

    Directed by:

  • Cathy Garcia-Molina
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    The Olympiad
    rating:3.5

    The Olympiad

    1938Runtime:0 minutes
    Widely considered one of the greatest sports documentaries ever made, German director Leni Riefenstahl's chronicle of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin was also the first film to incorporate the use of cameras on rails. Riefenstahl, who was herself an athlete as well as a prized member of the Nazi propaganda machine, actually qualified to represent Germany in cross-country skiing but declined, electing to film the event instead.

    Directed by:

  • Leni Riefenstahl
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    La Sierra
    rating:3.5

    La Sierra

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Colombia-based journalists Scott Dalton and Margarita Martinez introduce us to a nation at civil war by hitting the streets of Medellín, a dangerous city ruled by a fierce paramilitary gang. By focusing on three vastly different personalities -- Edison, a gang leader; Cielo, a widowed teenage mother; and Jesus, a drug-using thug -- the filmmakers draw us into their world and capture startling moments of truth and sorrow.

    Directed by:

  • Scott Dalton
  • Margarita Martinez
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
    rating:3.5

    The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

    1975Runtime:0 minutes
    A night spent with a suspected terrorist is the catalyst for a smear campaign against the otherwise unimportant Katharina Blum (Angelina Winkler). Katharina's life unravels as both the police and the news media strip her of all her dignity and sanity in this shocking attack on power abuse and yellow journalism. Directed by Volker Schlondorff and Margarethe von Trotta, this 1975 German film is based on an equally menacing novel by Heinrich Boll.

    Directed by:

  • Volker Schlondorff
  • Margarethe von Trotta
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Inch' Allah Dimanche
    rating:3.5

    Inch' Allah Dimanche

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    French-Algerian director Yamina Benguigi brings us the passionate story of an immigrant struggling against old world traditions. Zouina (Fjeria Deliba) leaves her homeland with her three children to join her husband in France, where he's been living for the past 10 years. In a land and culture foreign to her, Zouina struggles against her mother-in-law's tyrannical hand and her husband's distrustful bitterness as she adjusts to her life in exile.

    Directed by:

  • Yamina Benguigui
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Mukhsin
    rating:3.5

    Mukhsin

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    When young Mukhsin (Mohd Syafie Naswip) arrives in a new town, 10-year-old tomboy Orked (Sharifah Aryana) adopts him as her new best friend, and the two develop a touching friendship that begins to spill over into the inklings of first love. And with turmoil at home, the sometimes-troubled Mukhsin discovers a deeper kind of love in the form of Orked's open and progressive Malay family. Yasmin Ahmad directs this charming drama.

    Directed by:

  • Yasmin Ahmad
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Budrus
    rating:3.5

    Budrus

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Documentarian Julia Bacha delves into the fraught world of Palestinian-Israeli relations in this amazing account of one family's leadership of a movement to prevent Israel's Separation Barrier from slicing the Palestinian village of Budrus in half.

    Directed by:

  • Julia Bacha
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    A Simple Life
    rating:3.5

    A Simple Life

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    After working for the Leung family for decades, a servant still takes care of filmmaker Roger Leung -- but when she falls sick, the tables are turned as Roger looks after her in this heartwarming tale inspired by a true story.

    Directed by:

  • Ann Hui
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Chaos
    rating:3.5

    Chaos

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    In this French drama, a wealthy housewife, Helene (Catherine Frot), departs from her life of genteel comfort and luxury when she meets a prostitute, Noemie (Rachida Brakni). En route to a party with her businessman husband (Vincent Lindon), their car is stopped by Noemie, who begs to be let in but is attacked by a group of men. Wracked with guilt, Helene later finds Noemie and helps her escape her pursuers.

    Directed by:

  • Coline Serreau
  • rating:3.5 3.5 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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