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Brothers
rating:3.5

Brothers

2005Runtime:0 minutes
When army major Michael (Ulrich Thomsen) is presumed dead on a mission to Afghanistan, his wife (Connie Nielsen) and transient younger brother (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) are drawn together. Michael is eventually found and sent home, but his harrowing experience as a prisoner of war changes the family forever. Winner of a Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, this Danish drama inspired a 2009 English-language remake from director Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot).

Directed by:

  • Susanne Bier
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Hitler's Hit Parade
    rating:3.5

    Hitler's Hit Parade

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    This disturbing collage of Third Reich musicals, newsreels, home movies, cartoons and commercials includes rare segments in color and shows how the Nazis relied on escapist entertainment to promote their murderous ideology and bolster the veneer of normalcy during Adolf Hitler's reign. The film plays out without commentary, using Nazi catchphrases to preface segments on idealized German society. Oliver Axer and Susanne Benze co-direct.

    Directed by:

  • Oliver Axer
  • Susanne Benze
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Triumph of the Will
    rating:3.5

    Triumph of the Will

    1934Runtime:0 minutes
    Leni Riefenstahl's infamous propaganda film documenting the Third Reich's 1934 Nuremberg Party Rally features a cast of thousands -- including Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels, Rudolf Hess, Hermann Goering and other top officials. Images of cheering crowds, precision marching, military bands, banners lining Nuremberg's streets and Hitler's climactic speech illustrate with chilling clarity how Germany fell under his spell.

    Directed by:

  • Leni Riefenstahl
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Amor Real
    rating:3.5

    Amor Real

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    True love threatens to tear a family apart in this epic Mexican serial set in the 1800s. Rich and beautiful Matilde falls in love with Adolfo, but her mother, Augusta, disapproves of the relationship when she learns Adolfo is poor. Augusta forces her daughter to marry rich and handsome Manuel Fuentes Guerra, but Matilde plays with fire by continuing to be with Adolfo. Adela Noriega, Fernando Colunga, Helena Rojo and Chantal Andere star.

    Directed by:

  • Monica Miguel
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Artemisia
    rating:3.5

    Artemisia

    1997Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on actual events, Agnes Merlet's film shows that the 17th century is no place for a budding female artist -- even for Artemisia Gentileschi (Valentina Cervi), the teenage daughter of one of the most revered Italian painters. Barred from fully practicing her art, she finds a tutor -- and a lover -- in painter Agostino Tassi (Miki Manojlovic), who was later tried for her rape. The film received a Golden Globe nod for Best Foreign Language Film.

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    A Place Called Chiapas
    rating:3.5

    A Place Called Chiapas

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Featuring a rare on-camera interview with mysterious insurgent leader Subcomandante Marcos, filmmaker Nettie Wild's documentary investigates the rebel movement in Chiapas and the government's attempts to quash the activities of the Zapatistas. One of the poorest regions in Mexico, the southern province of Chiapas drew worldwide attention in 1994 when Marcos and his Zapatista National Liberation Army staged a major uprising.

    Directed by:

  • Nettie Wild
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen
    rating:3.5

    Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Directed by longtime star of independent German cinema Margarethe von Trotta, this reverent biopic chronicles the fascinating story of 12th-century Christian mystic and scientist Hildegard von Bingen (Barbara Sukowa). Despite living in an era when women are proscribed from preaching and interpreting scripture, Hildegard believes that the visions she experiences are a gift from God that she must reveal -- even at the risk of condemnation.

    Directed by:

  • Margarethe von Trotta
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow
    rating:3.5

    Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Modern artist Anselm Kiefer and his monumental landscape creation at Barjac, France -- a vast complex including lakes, bridges, caves and galleries displaying Kiefer's other work -- are the focus of this documentary from Sophie Fiennes. The artist's ruminations on the creative process and his aims and ambitions are intercut with a careful study of the art itself, shining a spotlight on the processes at work in Kiefer's expanding mini-universe.

    Directed by:

  • Sophie Fiennes
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Native Dancer
    rating:3.5

    Native Dancer

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    When gangsters press a wealthy businessman (Farkhat Amankulov) to build a gas station and motel on his property, the construction evicts a spiritual healer (Nesipkul Omarbekova) who's lived on the land for decades. In her absence, chaos reigns -- and the businessman's son disappears. Gulshat Omarova directs this sweeping drama exploring the tension between tradition and progress in modern-day Kazakhstan.

    Directed by:

  • Gulshat Omarova
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Take My Eyes
    rating:3.5

    Take My Eyes

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Winner of seven Goya Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Lead Actor and Actress, Iciar Bollain's raw drama exposes the hard truths about domestic abuse. With her son in tow, battered wife Pilar (Laia Marull) finally flees her violent husband, Antonio (Luis Tosar), taking asylum at her sister Ana's (Candela Peña) home. Free from the clutches of her abusive husband, Pilar struggles to start a new life; problem is, she still loves Antonio.

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    Sequins
    rating:3.5

    Sequins

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    After learning she's five months pregnant, 17-year-old Claire (Lola Naymark) leaves her former life behind to give birth in anonymity. An excellent embroiderer, Claire finds work with a professional in the business, Madame Melikian (Ariane Ascaride). Both women bear a heavy burden -- the Madame can't cope with her son's death, and Claire doesn't want to have a child. As they pour themselves into the work they love, the two develop a strong bond.

    Directed by:

  • Eleonore Faucher
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Sugar Cane Alley
    rating:3.5

    Sugar Cane Alley

    1983Runtime:0 minutes
    Jose is a bright young boy who lives among the poor black families of a sugar cane plantation community. His grandmother, believing her grandson is capable of great things, sacrifices to save him from the hard life of working the fields. Euzhan Palcy's award-winning film is an honest, deeply moving human drama of a young boy who fights against the odds for his future.

    Directed by:

  • Euzhan Palcy
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Silent Waters
    rating:3.5

    Silent Waters

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Religious extremism takes its toll on a small Pakistani village in this drama set in 1979. Now living under martial law, the widow Ayesha (Kiron Kher) struggles to adapt to Muslim rule. Her teen son Saleem (Aamir Malik) resists pressure from his girlfriend (Shilpa Shukla) to get a job and takes up with a group of Muslim fundamentalists. When Sikh pilgrim Jaswant (Navtej Johar) comes to town, Ayesha remembers long-forgotten secrets from her past.

    Directed by:

  • Sabiha Sumar
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    The Hairdresser
    rating:3.5

    The Hairdresser

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    When a Berlin salon refuses to hire her because of her plump figure, irrepressible hair stylist Kathi König (Gabriela Maria Schmeide) plots to get her revenge by opening up her own beauty parlor right next door to the offending shop. But when she faces an unexpected cash-flow problem, Kathi resorts to some creative means of raising capital. This broad comedy from director Doris Dörrie co-stars Ill-Young Kim and Matthias Freihof.

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    Alone in Four Walls
    rating:3.5

    Alone in Four Walls

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    In rural Russia, children convicted of theft, murder and rape are sent to a home for delinquents. Without the outside world's pressures, they're finally allowed to act as children, but for some of them, this new life proves to be a challenge. This documentary tells the stories of several of these adolescents, who must endure separation from their families and who, upon release, are unlikely to be forgiven for their crimes.

    Directed by:

  • Alexandra Westmeier
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    The Desert of Forbidden Art
    rating:3.5

    The Desert of Forbidden Art

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Trace the incredible story of defiant visionary Igor Savitsky, an artist and museum curator who cunningly acquired more than 40,000 banned Soviet Union paintings and hid the illegal collection from the KGB in Uzbekistan's Nukus Museum. In addition to rare archival footage and interviews with the artists' children, this absorbing documentary also features letters and diary entries read by Ben Kingsley, Sally Field and Edward Asner.

    Directed by:

  • Tchavdar Georgiev
  • Amanda Pope
  • 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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