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Nymphomaniac is the wild and poetic story of a woman's journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe.
On a cold winter's evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman, finds Joe beaten up in an alley. He brings her home to his flat where he cares for her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe over the next 8 chapters recounts the lusty, branched-out and multifaceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents.
The new film from Lars von Trier, Nymphomaniac contains all the shock and controversy you would expect from the unrivalled enfant terrible of contemporary cinema. But don't let that put you off, because underneath the surface is a richly complex, fearlessly intelligent and frequently hilarious work that will provoke thoughts you never knew you had.
PLEASE BE AWARE: This is a mainstream movie, but with an artistic element, and the scenes depicted are of an extremely graphic nature.
The Last Station is a love story set during the last year of the life and turbulent marriage of the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy and his wife the Countess Sofya.
Tolstoy, having rejected his title and embraced an ascetic lifestyle, finds himself increasingly at odds with Sofya. As his devoted disciple Vladimir Chertkov urges him to sign a new will leaving the rights to his work to the Russian people rather than his family, the conflict between husband and wife grows to breaking point.
The Last Station is a film about the difficulty of living with love and the impossibility of living without it.
Derek Jarman struggled for seven years to bring his portrait of the 17th-century Italian artist Michelangelo da Caravaggio to the screen. The result was well worth the wait, and was greeted with critical acclaim: a freely dramatised portrait of the controversial artist and a powerful mediation on sexuality, criminality and art -a new and refreshing take on the usual biopic.
The film centres on an imagined love-triangle between Caravaggio, his friend and model Ranucdo, and Ranuccio's low-life partner Lena. Conjuring some of the artist's most famous paintings through elaborate and beautifully photographed tableaux vivants, these works are woven into the fabric of the story, providing a starting point for its characters and narrative episodes.
Caravaggio features wonderful performances from Nigel Terry, Sean Bean, and, in her first role, Tilda Swinton, who was to become Jarman's muse and long-time collaborator. A visual treat, it was the first major film production for award-winning costume designer Sandy Powell, with luscious production design by Christopher Hobbs.
As a boy, Philipp was strongly attracted to his best friend, but he's put that behind him in order to live within the "norm." He meets a shy girl who falls hard for him, and soon the couple are sharing an apartment.
But Philipp cannot deny his passionate desire for a young man he meets in a concert ticket line. Coming Out maps Philipp's liberating journey toward saying "yes" to his truest self.
Hailed as the first (and only) feature film about gay life ever produced in communist East Germany, Coming Out premiered on the very night the Berlin Wall came down.
In German with English subtitles.
An epic adventure of mystery and obsession unfolds when Charles Morritz (Samuel L. Jackson), an appraiser of rare musical instruments, discovers a one of a kind red violin at a prestigious Montreal auction house.
Convinced he's found an authentic long-lost masterpiece, Morritz uncovers the spectacular journey of the priceless violin, how it changed hands and the lives of all who touched it.
When the violin's shocking secret is finally revealed, Morrtiz must wrestle with his own demons and choose between burying the truth, and risking everything.
One of the most shocking and controversial films ever made, Christiane F tells the true story of a young girl's descent into the drug scene of 1970's Berlin.
Christiane, lonely and alienated, lives with her divorced mother. When a school friend takes her to a club where her hero David Bowie plays, she finds herself in another world, one she is desperate to be a part of.
In her new environment drugs are commonplace and though frightened, her fears of rejection are greater. She begins with valium, then LSD, until ultimately she discovers heroin. Soon addicted, she turns to prostitution to support her habit. Christiane is 14.
This compelling story is played against a memorable soundtrack from David Bowie, who also features in a live performance. Christiane F is one of the most powerful films ever made.
In German with English subtitles.
Silent Tongue is a mute Kiowa Indian woman who is raped by Eamon HcCree, the owner of the Kickapoo Traveling Medicine Show. Eamon attempts to make up for his crime by marrying her, hoping for forgiveness. Instead, Silent Tongue enacts a bitter retribution through her two daughters, Awbonnie and Velada.
Awbonnie, as the film begins, has already died, but her grieving husband Talbot refuses to let her go, dragging around her corpse. To assuage Talbot, his father Prescott sets out to purchase Velada from Eamon, thinking that only Awbonnie's sister can replace her in Talbot's eyes.
But Velada's half-brother Reeves protests the attempted transaction. As a result, Prescott kidnaps Velada and flees, with not only Reeves and Eamon chasing him, but also Awbonnie's ghost.
An ambitious work that offers a weighty meditation on reparation and revenge, Shepard's poetic vision is well served by a first rate cast and Jack Conroy's expansive Scope photography
Following 'The Decameron' and 'The Canterbury Tales', Pier Paolo Pasolini completed his Trilogy of Life series with this adaptation of a number of tales from 'The Thousand and One Nights'. Featuring slave markets and royal bedrooms, magic signs and evil demons, special potions and devious betrayals, the stories all concern love, fate and destiny and were filmed on location in Yemen, Ethiopa, Iran and Nepal.
Ivan Beckman has the midas touch. He's secured the deal of his career, and life in Hollywood's fast lane has just got one hell of a lot faster.But when fate delivers a cruel and unexpected blow, Ivan is sent spiralling out of control.
Soon, he starts living his life of hedonistic pleasure - parties, women and drugs - to the extreme. And while others are more than willing to join in the fun, only Ivan knows the occasion.
A modern day interpretation of Tolstoy's classic short story, The Death Of Ivan Ilyich, this brilliant expose of Hollywood's cut-throat world of deal making and breaking features a truly inspired performance by Danny Huston.
The body of a teenage girl is discovered in a field of sunflowers. At the same time a travelling salesman watches the events unfold on television, whilst in the small village of Angosto the discovery of a prehistoric cave brings excitement and the arrival of an experienced caver, his young fiance and his assistant.
The town police chief plans his retirement, while his deputy dreams of escaping the boredom of his marriage and his job...
Through a series of shocking events, their lives become entangled in a web of violence, deceit and murder.
In Spanish with English subtitles.
The Beaches of Agnès (2008):
Jacquot de Nantes (1991):
L'une Chante, L'autre Pas (1977):
Michael Stone, husband, father and respected author is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he's scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, Michael checks into the Fregoli Hotel and meets Lisa Hesselman, a socially awkward sales rep from Akron who may or may not be the love of his life.
From Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind), comes this darkly comedic and surreal stop-motion animated journey into the mind of a man whose dark night of the soul becomes a Kaufmanesque nightmare.
Inspired by Herman Melville's Billy Budd, Claire Denis's Beau Travail is a stunning combination of literature, music, poetry and dance that explores the near-mythical world of the French Foreign Legion.
Denis Lavant stars as Galoup, a sergeant-major whose position and power are threatened when the bravery and heroism of new recruit Sentain attracts the attention of the platoon's commandant.
Enraged, Galoup plots Sentain's downfall, a doomed course of action that leads to his own undoing.
Song For Marion is a heartwarming comedic drama following shy, grumpy pensioner Arthur as he is reluctantly inspired by his beloved wife Marion to join a highly unconventional local choir.
At odds with his son James, it is left to charismatic choir director Elizabeth to try and persuade Arthur that he can learn to embrace life.
London-set, the story follows Arthur as he embarks on a hilarious, life-affirming journey of musical self-discovery.
Kaneto Shindo, one of Japan s most prolific directors, received his biggest international success with the release of Onibaba [The Demoness] in 1964. Its depiction of violence and graphic sexuality was unprecedented at the time of release. Shindo managed - through his own production company Kindai Eiga Kyokai - to bypass the strict, self - regulated Japanese film industry and pave the way for such films as Yasuzo Masumura's Mojuu (1969) and Nagisa Oshima's In the Realm of the Senses (1976).
Onibaba [or Onibabaa, in its alternate spelling] is set during a brutal period in history, a Japan ravaged by civil war between rivaling shogunates. Weary from combat, samurai are drawn towards the seven - foot high susuki grass fields to hide and rest themselves, whereupon they are ambushed and murdered by a ruthless mother (Nobuko Otowa) and daughter - in - law (Jitsuko Yoshimura) team. The women throw the samurai bodies into a pit, and barter their armour and weapons for food. When Hachi (Kei Sato), a neighbour returning from the wars, brings bad news, he threatens the women's partnership.
Erotically charged and steeped in the symbolism and superstition of its Buddhist and Shinto roots, Kaneto Shindo's Onibaba is in part a modern parable on consumerism, a study of the destructiveness of sexual desire and - filmed within a claustrophobic sea of grass - one of the most striking and unique films of Japan's last half - century, winning Kiyomi Kuroda the Blue Ribbon Award for Cinematography in 1965. The memorably frenetic drumming soundtrack was scored by long - time Shindo collaborator Hikaru Hayashi.
Sarah Watt's Look Both Ways opens with one man being hit by a train whilst another is diagnosed with testicular cancer. And you'd be surprised to find that what follows is actually a love story.
Nick, who is trying to live a normal life after being told he has cancer, ends up meeting Meryl, the only witness to the tragic train accident. Instantly drawn to one another the two share their experiences of life and death whilst their family and friends suffer their own personal crises.
Look Both Ways is a commanding debut feature that successfully blends animation and live action whilst bringing a wry humour to a difficult subject matter.
You will go to sleep: you will wake up. It will be as if those hours never existed.
Quietly reckless, Lucy is a young university student who takes a job as a Sleeping Beauty. In the Sleeping Beauty Chamber old men seek an erotic experience that requires a drugged, comatose, Lucys absolute submission.
This unsettling task starts to bleed into Lucy's daily life as she develops an increasing need to know what happens to her when she is asleep.
Haunting and provocative, Julia Leigh's powerful vision is one of the most startling debut features of recent years.
Lars von Trier directs this sci-fi drama about the effects of depression on two sisters, Justine and Claire.
Played out in two acts, the film opens with the wedding of Justine and Michael: a sumptuous affair paid for by Claire and her husband John. However, when Justine notices a strange star in the sky, she starts behaving oddly and the wedding is ruined.
The film's second act follows Justine, now extremely weak and ill, after she goes to live with her sister. As Claire and John struggle to deal with Justine's condition, astronomy buff Claire becomes increasingly concerned about a large blue planet that is threatening to collide with the earth.
Delia is a young mother stuck in an abusive relationship with her husband of twelve years. One night after he brutally beats her, Delia finally attempts to reclaim some of the power she's completely lost.
Greta is a cookbook editor at a crossroads in life, "rotten with ambition" and semi-struggling with issues of fidelity to her kind but unexciting husband.
And Paula is thrust into crisis after having a near-death experience. Driving to her mother's house in upstate New York, she picks up a hitchhiker, a badly beaten young boy who helps her discover a new sense of spirit.
As each story unfolds, each woman finds herself forced to make a decision... a decision that will change their lives forever.
Based on one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, The Kite Runner is a profoundly emotional tale of friendship, family, devastating mistakes and redeeming love.
In a divided country on the verge of war, two childhood friends, Amir and Hassan, are about to be torn apart forever. It's a glorious afternoon in Kabul and the skies are bursting with the exhilarating joy of a kite-fighting tournament. But in the aftermath of the day's victory, one boy's fearful act of betrayal will mark their lives forever and set in motion an epic quest for redemption.
Now, after 20 years of living in America, Amir returns to a perilous Afghanistan under the Taliban's iron-fisted rule to face the secrets that still haunt him and take one last daring chance to set things right...
Julio Medem writes and directs this sensual, two-hander drama charting a one night stand that develops into something deeper. Elena Anaya and Natasha Yarovenko star as Alba (who is Spanish) and Natasha (who is Russian), two lesbian women who meet in Rome and decide to spend the night together in a hotel room. However, their night of fun and sex gradually turns into something more meaningful as both women realise as the hours pass that they are falling in love, something neither had expected.
Mama and Papa have created a surreal self-styled utopia for their three children within their secluded compound walls. Completely shut off from the outside world, the now adult children have grown up with their own language, and believe that cats are man-eating predators, aeroplanes flying overhead are toys and small yellow flowers are zombies.
The family's domestic harmony is irrevocably disturbed when their father invites his colleague Christina to service the sexual urges of the son.
Before long, the son and the two daughters are conducting a series of bizarre experiments with sex and violence, and their superficially constructed world of childhood innocence and fantasy threatens to come crashing down around them.
(Nominated for an Academy Award nomination, for Best Foreign Language Film)
Man With a Movie Camera is an extraordinary piece of filmmaking, a montage of urban Russian life showing the people of the city at work and at play, and the machines that keep the city going.
It was Vertov's first full-length film, and he used all the cinematic techniques at his disposal - dissolves, split screen, slow motion and freeze-frames - to produce a work that is exhilarating and intellectually brilliant.
In black & white.
From visionary director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy and Stoker) comes The Handmaiden, a sumptuous and exhilarating period thriller inspired by Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel Fingersmith.
Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1930s, a young handmaiden named Sookee is hired by Lady Hideko, a reclusive heiress who lives in a sprawling mansion under the watchful eye of her domineering Uncle Kouzuki. But Sookee harbours a secret: she has been recruited by Fujiwara, a scheming con artist posing as a Japanese Count, to trick Hideko into entrusting him with her fortune. However, when Sookee and Hideko begin to develop unexpected emotions for each other, they start putting together a plan of their own.
With breathtaking visuals, grandiose set design and frenzied humour, The Handmaiden is one of the year’s most anticipated films - an opulent and labyrinthine tale of deception, romance and triple-crossing that marks a career high for one of modern cinema’s most thrilling auteurs.
(Incudes both the theatrical and extended cuts of the film)
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