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Night and Fog
rating:3.3

Night and Fog

2009Runtime:0 minutes
In the wake of a brutal murder-suicide of a family in the projects of outer Hong Kong, police interviews gradually reveal the story of battered wife Wong Hiu-ling (Jingchu Zhang) and her explosive but charismatic husband, Lee Sam (Simon Yam). The accounts of a shy neighbor, a women's shelter resident and others paint a gripping portrait of the abusive relationship in director Ann Hui's low-budget social drama.

Directed by:

  • Ann Hui
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Genpin
    rating:3.2

    Genpin

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Beautiful cinematography and lush images highlight this intriguing documentary about Tadashi Yoshimura, a respected obstetrician who has devoted her 40-year career to helping women achieve a peaceful experience through natural childbirth. Through in-depth interviews, the women at Dr. Yoshimura's clinic discuss their deliveries and their perceptions of the bond between parent and child, with the doctor's own 16mm footage complementing the film.

    Directed by:

  • Naomi Kawase
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    The Way We Are
    rating:3.2

    The Way We Are

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    In the Tin Shui Wai area of Hong Kong, single mom Kwan (Hee Ching Paw), her well-behaved teenage son Ka On Cheung (Chun-lung Leung) and their elderly neighbor Granny (Lai-wun Chan) find contentment in their lives despite their meager surroundings. Director Ann Hui's upbeat slice-of-life drama upends many stereotypes about life in the crime-ridden city. The film scored four Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Actress and Best Director.

    Directed by:

  • Ann Hui
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    The Seduction of Mimi
    rating:3.2

    The Seduction of Mimi

    1972Runtime:0 minutes
    Voting against the Mafia in what he thinks is a secret ballot costs Sicilian laborer Mimi (Giancarlo Giannini) his livelihood in Lina Wertmuller's dark comedy. He leaves his wife, flees to Turin and romances a Communist organizer (Mariangela Melato) -- but he just can't shake the Mafia. When they lure Mimi back to Sicily with a better job, he must keep his lover -- and love child -- under wraps. That's when his wife announces she's pregnant.

    Directed by:

  • Lina Wertmuller
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    You Got Me!
    rating:3.2

    You Got Me!

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Kevin (Sam Milby) is a geeky cop who's afraid of just about everything, especially confessing his love for his tough fellow officer, the beautiful Moe (Toni Gonzaga). He's never had the courage to speak to her, and now, video bootlegger Caloy (Zanjoe Marudo), also smitten with Moe, may beat Kevin to the punch. Seizing an opportunity, Kevin undertakes a plan that will make this love triangle even more complicated.

    Directed by:

  • Cathy Garcia-Molina
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Jose Rizal
    rating:3.2

    Jose Rizal

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Award-winning actor Cesar Montano brings his dramatic talent to one of Philippine filmmaking's most controversial movies of all time. The drama chronicles the life of political reformist and national martyr Jose Rizal, who was put to death for his role in the 1890s uprising against colonial power in the Philippines. Director Marilou Diaz Abaya's stunning historical epic garnered more than 70 local and international filmmaking awards.

    Directed by:

  • Marilou Diaz-Abaya
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Gangs of Baghdad
    rating:3.2

    Gangs of Baghdad

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    In this gripping documentary, filmmaker Aida Schlaepfer -- born to an Iraqi father and a Lebanese mother -- captures stories of brutal gang violence that erupted in Baghdad during the wake of the city's fall in 2003. Among the victims' heartbreaking narratives are a grieving family's memories of their relative's violent murder and a wealthy clan's harrowing escape from the hands of abusive kidnappers.

    Directed by:

  • Aida Schlaepfer
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Boses
    rating:3.2

    Boses

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    A victim of abuse, 7-year-old Onyok (Julian Duque) becomes mute and winds up in a children's shelter run by Amanda (Cherry Pie Picache). As Amanda's musician brother, Ariel (Coke Bolipata), starts teaching Onyok to play the violin, the lessons affect both teacher and student in positive ways. A special bond forms between musically gifted Onyok and Ariel, who's mourning the death of his girlfriend, as both begin to heal in this poignant drama.

    Directed by:

  • Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Sweetgrass
    rating:3.2

    Sweetgrass

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    As much a work of cultural anthropology as it is a documentary, this unique film traces the path of a family of Montana sheepherders as they drive their flock down from the treacherous and beautiful Absaroka Beartooth mountain range.

    Directed by:

  • Ilisa Barbash
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    The Vanished Empire
    rating:3.2

    The Vanished Empire

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Noted Russian director Karen Shakhnazarov offers this lyrical drama that follows rebellious 1970s-era Soviet university student Sergei (Aleksandr Lyapin), who literally trades his family's intellectual and ideological heritage for black-market loot from the West. But as Sergei loses himself in American clothes, music and ideas, he may also lose his beautiful lover, Lyuda (Lidiya Milyuzina), to his best comrade, Stepan (Yegor Baranovsky).

    Directed by:

  • Karen Shakhnazarov
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
    rating:3.2

    Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    Born into a wealthy and powerful family, Tara (Sarita Choudhury) is luckier than her lowly servant, Maya (Indira Varma), when it comes to material things. But Maya has become richer in matters of the mind and soul -- even as she dons Tara's hand-me-downs. When Tara weds a handsome king (Naveen Andrews), she thinks she's found true love. In a cruel twist of fate, however, he takes Maya as his comely courtesan in this 16th century feudal saga.

    Directed by:

  • Mira Nair
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Angry Harvest
    rating:3.2

    Angry Harvest

    1985Runtime:0 minutes
    Oscar nominated as Best Foreign Language Film, this unsettling character study set in World War II stars Armin Mueller-Stahl as Leon Wolny, a simple but thriving Polish farmer torn between his scruples and sexual desire. When Leon happens upon a Jewish woman (Elisabeth Trissenaar) who's jumped from a train bound for a Nazi death camp, he takes her in and shelters her in his cellar. But everything changes once his long-suppressed libido surfaces.

    Directed by:

  • Agnieszka Holland
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    The Man of My Life
    rating:3.2

    The Man of My Life

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    When Frédéric (Bernard Campan) and his family meet a gay man named Hugo (Charles Berling) while vacationing in the Provençal countryside, their lives are irrevocably changed, as the two men develop a strong yet unconventional friendship. Although Frédéric is happily married to his wife, Frédérique (Léa Drucker), his bond with Hugo challenges the strength of his marriage and ultimately inspires him to reevaluate his life.

    Directed by:

  • Zabou Breitman
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Black and White
    rating:3.2

    Black and White

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Cristina Comencini's follow-up to her Oscar-nominated foreign language film Don't Tell (2005) is an interracial love story about an Italian computer programmer (Fabio Volo) who falls for a Senegalese embassy worker (Aïssa Maïga), much to the dismay of their spouses (Ambra Angiolini and Eriq Ebouaney). When their illicit affair is revealed, their mutual passion -- and their racial differences -- wreak havoc on both of their lives.

    Directed by:

  • Cristina Comencini
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    The Soong Sisters
    rating:3.2

    The Soong Sisters

    1997Runtime:0 minutes
    Maggie Cheung, Vivian Wu and Michelle Yeoh portray Ching-ling, May-ling and Ai-ling, three sisters in the Soong family, an influential and fascinating political dynasty in China that reached the highest levels of power. After being educated in America, the women marry some of the wealthiest and most powerful men in Chinese history, including Sun Yat-sen, the founder of modern China, and Chiang Kai-shek, the nation's leader during World War II.

    Directed by:

  • Mabel Cheung
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Miss You Like Crazy
    rating:3.2

    Miss You Like Crazy

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Ferry boat commuters Alan (John Lloyd Cruz) and Mia (Bea Alonzo) make a romantic connection that's thwarted when Mia learns that Alan already has a girlfriend. Years later, the two meet again, and Alan gets a second chance to win Mia's heart. But this time, she's the one who's already taken. Gerald Hans Isaac and Maricar Reyes co-star in this Filipino romance set in Manila and Malaysia, directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina.

    Directed by:

  • Cathy Garcia-Molina
  • rating:3.2 3.2 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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