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Open Hearts
rating:3.3

Open Hearts

2002Runtime:0 minutes
Cecile (Sonja Richter) and Joachim (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), a happy couple living in Copenhagen, find their relationship changed forever when Joachim is hit by a car and paralyzed. Joachim grows increasingly bitter, and as his doctor, Niels (Mads Mikkelsen), consoles Cecile, the two become romantically involved. This also threatens Niels's marriage to Marie (Paprika Steen), who can't bear the thought of losing her husband.

Directed by:

  • Susanne Bier
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    El General
    rating:3.3

    El General

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Natalia Almada's documentary traces 100 years of Mexico's history through the story of her great-grandfather Plutarco Elías Calles, whose brutal regime as president from 1924-28 overshadowed his heroics during the Mexican Revolution. A rich portrait of the Mexican people and the country's tumultuous history emerges as Almada contrasts her family's memories of Calles with the collective memory of her country.

    Directed by:

  • Natalia Almada
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Salt of This Sea
    rating:3.3

    Salt of This Sea

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Born in Brooklyn to Palestinian refugee parents, Soraya (Suheir Hammad) decides to journey to the country of her ancestry when she discovers that her grandfather's savings have been frozen in a Jaffa bank account since his 1948 exile. She soon finds, however, that her simple plan is a complicated undertaking -- and one that takes her farther from her comfort zone (both geographically and emotionally) than she'd imagined in this romantic drama.

    Directed by:

  • Annemarie Jacir
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Fighter
    rating:3.3

    Fighter

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Although her strict father (Sadi Tekelioglu) expects her to study medicine, Aicha (Semra Turan) won't be deterred from training to become a skilled kung fu fighter. But in the process of building up her strength with a professional club, she unexpectedly falls for an adversary. At first, Aicha's passionate relationship with Emil (Cyron Melville) is like fire -- but in the end, her Turkish roots could tear them apart.

    Directed by:

  • Natasha Arthy
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    AIDS Jaago
    rating:3.3

    AIDS Jaago

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Acclaimed directors Mira Nair, Santosh Sivan, Vishal Bhardwaj and Farhan Akhtar examine the AIDS crisis in India with four short films that dispel common myths and illustrate how the disease affects ordinary people. A closeted gay man hides a secret from his wife, a young man is mistakenly diagnosed with HIV, a truck driver advocates for an HIV-positive child, and an HIV diagnosis brings a family together.

    Directed by:

  • Mira Nair
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Korean Wedding Chest
    rating:3.3

    Korean Wedding Chest

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Capturing in detail the elaborate blend of old and new wedding customs in Korea, filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger provides a thoughtful -- and, at times, humorous -- documentary centered on the ancient tradition of the wedding chest. The groom carries this chest, which contains specifically stipulated valuables, on his back to the parents of his bride. Meanwhile, modern wedding assistants meticulously make sure everything is perfect on the special day.

    Directed by:

  • Ulrike Ottinger
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Stella
    rating:3.3

    Stella

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    When 11-year-old Stella (Léora Barbara) enters a prestigious Parisian school, she struggles to reconcile her new academic world with life at her family's working-class bar, hanging out with the regulars while her parents' (Karole Rocher and Benjamin Biolay) marriage disintegrates. Guillaume Depardieu and Jeannick Gravelines co-star in this moving autobiographical drama from French filmmaker Sylvie Verheyde.

    Directed by:

  • Sylvie Verheyde
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    The Escape
    rating:3.3

    The Escape

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    When terrorists in war-ravaged Afghanistan kidnap and threaten to slay outspoken Danish journalist Rikke Lynvig (Iben Hjejle), young, English-speaking Taliban operative Nazir Osmani (Faegh Zamani) helps her plan a daring getaway. But when Nazir himself also escapes Afghanistan and seeks Rikke's help in Denmark, she is torn between personal loyalty and the political fallout of aiding a terrorist. Kathrine Windfeld directs this tense thriller.

    Directed by:

  • Kathrine Windfeld
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Love & Anarchy
    rating:3.3

    Love & Anarchy

    1973Runtime:0 minutes
    In pre-World War II Italy, the employees of a popular Roman bordello realize that a new arrival (Giancarlo Giannini) is planning to assassinate Mussolini. When one of the girls (Lina Polito) falls in love with the man, she's torn between saving him and saving her country. This is the film that put Italian director Lina Wertmueller on the map of world cinema. Giannini won a Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal.

    Directed by:

  • Lina Wertmuller
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    A Matter of Size
    rating:3.3

    A Matter of Size

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Fed up with their fruitless attempts to lose weight, Herzl (Itzik Cohen) and his three heavyset friends decide to give up their tortuous diets and try their luck in the girth-friendly arena of sumo wrestling. Led by Japan native Kitano (Togo Igawa), Herzl and crew discover that there are places in the world where oversized waistlines are appreciated. Dvir Benedek and Shmulik Cohen also star in this lighthearted comedy.

    Directed by:

  • Sharon Maymon
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    María la del Barrio
    rating:3.3

    María la del Barrio

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Mexican-American singing and acting sensation Thalía stars in this popular telenovela as the titular María, a 15-year-old orphan whose luck is forever changed when she's taken in by the wealthy Don Fernando de la Vega (Ricardo Blume). But her journey from rags to riches is hardly an easy ride given the icy reception she receives from Don Fernando's wife (Irán Eory) and jealous niece (Itatí Cantoral).

    Directed by:

  • Beatriz Sheridan
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    The Beaches of Agnès
    rating:3.3

    The Beaches of Agnès

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaking icon Agnès Varda, the award-winning director regarded by many as the grandmother of the French new wave, turns the camera on herself with this unique autobiographical documentary. Composed of film excerpts and elaborate dramatic re-creations, Varda's self-portrait recounts the highs and lows of her professional career, the many friendships that affected her life and her longtime marriage to cinematic giant Jacques Demy.

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  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    2 Days in New York
    rating:3.3

    2 Days in New York

    2012Runtime:0 minutes
    Marion and Mingus go from perfect domesticity to waking nightmare when her family comes from France to New York for the weekend. The visitors test the mixed couple's relationship with unsubtle racist remarks, odd sexual habits and bizarre behavior.

    Directed by:

  • Julie Delpy
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Mutum
    rating:3.3

    Mutum

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Born into a family scrabbling out a rough existence on their farm in rural Brazil, sensitive 10-year-old Thiago (Thiago da Silva Mariz) tries to make sense of the growing rifts between the adults around him in this lyrical coming-of-age drama. Suffering from his father's abuse and the unhappiness between his parents, Thiago turns to his brother, Felipe (Wallison Felipe Leal Barroso), for insight into their emotionally chaotic world.

    Directed by:

  • Sandra Kogut
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Leaving
    rating:3.3

    Leaving

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Bored with her life of leisure, Suzanne (Kristin Scott Thomas) decides to reestablish her career as a physiotherapist. But first, she'll need an office ... and that's where her troubles begin in this drama from Catherine Corsini. As soon as Suzanne meets the man her husband hired to construct her backyard office, she falls hard -- and the attraction is mutual ... and dangerous. Sergi López and Yvan Attal co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Corsini
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    African Leaders: Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work
    rating:3.3

    African Leaders: Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    These absorbing documentaries profile two African leaders whose courage and defiance of colonial forces changed the lives of millions. Via archival footage and interviews with scholars and colleagues, both men take their rightful places in history. Renaissance man Frantz Fanon spearheaded the Algerian revolution against France, while Amílcar Cabral founded a political party to foster the independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde from Portugal.

    Directed by:

  • Cheikh Djemai
  • Ana Lucia Ramos Lisboa
  • rating:3.3 3.3 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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