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Jack is one of three brothers brought up in the 1950s by his spiritually-minded mother and pragmatic, no-nonsense father. After witnessing a disturbing event that shakes his world to the core, the young Jack struggles to reconcile the differing world views of his parents.
Later, as a jaded middle-aged man with a failed marriage behind him, Jack retraces his emotional journey from the hope and innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years in a quest to rediscover meaning in his life.
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.
One of the most astonishing American independent films in years, L.I.E. tells the story of fifteen-year-old Howie, a young New Jersey native whose life falls apart around him, but who also ends up finding himself during the process.
After Howie's mother dies, his father, a corrupt building contractor, can barely keep tabs on his new girlfriend, let alone his own son's emotional needs. To cope with the pressures that he is under, Howie begins to spend more time with his delinquent friends. However, their pastimes include ditching school and robbing local houses to finance their habits.
In the aftermath of one of these burglaries Paul and his friends meet ex-marine Big John, and it is then that Howie discovers the secret that binds his friend to this mysterious older man. When his best friend suddenly skips town, and his father is busted by the FBI, Howie is completely alone.
Can Big John become the paternal figure that Howie needs, or will his predatory instincts prevail?
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.
Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale star in this French drama set in the remote Algerian monastery of Tibhirine. For years, the monks have coexisted in harmony with the Muslim locals. But as the political situation in Algeria becomes increasingly unstable and terrorism takes hold in the 1990s, the monks face the agonising decision of whether to stay or go back to France.
The urgency of their situation is brutally brought home to them when a group of Croatian volunteers at the monastery are murdered by Islamic guerilla fighters.
In French and Arabic with English subtitles.
Eric Rohmer's reputation was established with his ambitious Moral Tales series of films, each based around a common theme - in his words: 'a man meeting a woman at the very moment when he is about to commit himself to someone else'.
The Girl At The Monceau Bakery (1962)
In French with English subtitles.
Every day, Dammiel listens to the thoughts of mortals who play their lives out on the streets of West Berlin. He finds himself entranced by a trapeze artist whose eloquent expression of her doubts and fears make him yearn for a life where he can feel happiness and love.
The afterlife in Wings Of Desire is a world in monochrome. Only the living can see in full colour and it is their lives, with their moments of sorrow and joy, that Wim Wenders captures so eloquently in this singularly original film.
In German with English subtitles.
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.
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.
Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard plays Sandra, a young woman assisted by her husband, who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.
Directed by The Dardenne Brothers, who are the most celebrated and decorated filmmaking partners in the world, boasting five Cannes wins and countless other international awards.
Two Days, One Night was in competition for the Palme d'Or at this years Cannes Film Festival.
(2015 Oscar nomination for: Best Lead Actress)
This timelessly enchanting story centers around an elegant elderly lady, Mrs Palfrey, who after being recently widowed, moves from Scotland to London to be near to her 26 year old grandson, Desmond. When Desmond fails to return any of her several phone calls, or visit her at the resident hotel she is staying (The Claremont), fate brings her together with a young writer, Ludovic Meyer, after she has an accident outside his basement flat.
Eventually, Ludo ends up helping Mrs. Palfrey by playing a charade - pretending to be her grandson, so that the other off-beat elderly residents of the hotel believe that she hasn't been lying, and that she really does have a grandson.
The two newly found friends discover they have a lot more in common with each other then they do with other people their own age.
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...
Fanis is a man torn between his Greek ethnicity and his emotional roots in Turkey, the country of his birth.
Using the device of cuisine as a metaphor for national identity and personal feelings, we see Fanis grow from a boy whose grandfather imparts culinary and philosophical expertise from the Aladdin's cave of his spice shop, to a young man with a true passion for food.
Deported to Greece with his family as a young boy, Fanis returns home after 35 years for an emotional reunion with his grandfather...and his first love.
In Greek and Turkish with English subtitles.
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.
The stand out film of the 2011 Berlin Film Festival and winner of the Golden Bear, as well as the Academy Award, A Separation is a suspenseful and intelligent drama detailing the fractures and tensions at the heart of Iranian society.
Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, the film boasts a range of superb performances from the ensemble cast who collectively received the Silver Bears for both Best Actor and Best Actress at the Berlinale. The compelling narrative is driven by a taut and finely written script rooted in the particular of Iranian society but which transcends its setting to create a stunning morality play with universal resonance.
When his wife leaves him, Nader hires a young woman to take care of his suffering father. But he doesn’t know his new maid is not only pregnant, but also working without her unstable husband's permission. Soon, Nader finds himself entangled in a web of lies manipulation and public confrontations.
In Iranian language with English subtitles.
(Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film)
Through A Glass Darkly
All three feature films in black & white and in Swedish with English subtitles.
Two young women lead totally separate lives in France and in Poland, one called Veronique and one called Weronika. They have no blood relation and they and their families have never met, but they are physically identical to one another, and strangely aware of each other’s presence.
Despite their different backgrounds, the two share the same likes and foibles, and above all, both of them have a magnificent sublime voice and an extraordinary musical talent.
Unfortunately each girl suffers from the same, barely detectable, cardiac malformation. They also share the same wisdom, inspiring one to unconsciously avoid making the same mistakes in life as the other...
There are wonderful performances by the whole cast, but Irène Jacob is utterly captivating in the twin roles of Veronique and Weronika, her luminous performance both magical and unsettling.
In Polish and French with English subtitles.
A devout 18-year-old Israeli is pressured to marry the husband of her late sister.
Declaring her independence is not an option in Tel Aviv's ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community, where religious law, tradition and the rabbi's word are absolute.
Isabelle Huppert gives a performance of astounding emotional intensity as Erika Kohut, a repressed woman in her late thirties who teaches piano at the Vienna Conservatory and lives with her tyrannical mother, with whom she has a volatile love-hate relationship.
But when one of Erika's students, the handsome and assured Walter Klemmer, attempts to seduce her, the barriers that she has carefully erected around her claustrophobic world are shattered, unleashing a previously inhibited extreme and uncontrollable desire.
In French with English subtitles.
Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a bourgeios life of cards, booze and women. Suddenly his luck runs out when he's arrested and thrown into a Nazi concentration camp.
His exceptional skills are spotted and he is forced to help the Nazis in an organized counterfeit operation set up to help finance the war effort and flood the British and American economies with fake currency.
Faced with a moral dilemma, Salomon must decide whether his actions, which could prolong the war and risk the lives of fellow prisoners, are ultimately the right ones.
In German with English subtitles.
Amelie Poulain has led a sheltered life - educated at home by over-protective parents, she retreats into a fantasy world of her own.
When she finally leaves home and finds work as a waitress in a Parisian cafe, life is pretty uneventful until a chain of extraordinary events leads her to the discovery of a tin box containing a schoolboy's long forgotten mementos.
It is then that Amelie discovers her true vocation in life - helping others find love and happiness - which she sets about in her own unique and magical way. But when Amelie falls in love herself, she realizes that making neat solutions is not as easy as it seems...
In French with English subtitles.
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)
A village in Protestant northern Germany. 1913-1914. On the eve of World War I.
The story of the children and teenagers of a choir run by the village schoolteacher, and their families: the baron, the steward, the pastor, the doctor, the midwife, the tenant farmers.
Strange accidents occur and gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual.
Who is behind it all?
The schoolteacher observes, investigates and little by little discovers the incredible truth. Are we being asked to consider whether these events heralded something that would explode years later with the rise of Nazi Germany? Did these events contain the germs of the tragedies that followed?
Acclaimed auteur Michael Haneke returns to his classic themes of guilt, denial and violence in this haunting and provocative feature which was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
In black & white, and in German with English subtitles.
Munezo Katagiri, an honest and low ranking samurai is trapped in a state of personal and professional imbalance. Secretly in love with his family’s maid, Kie, Munezo begins an uneasy courtship with her, knowing that a relationship is impossible.
Raised to respect traditions from the past and the demanding moral code of the samurai, circumstances have now forced Munezo to look to the future. Required to master western military strategies, particularly the art of artillery, Munezo is ordered to find and kill Yaichiro, a former friend, samurai, and brilliant swordsman.
Munezo knows that he cannot beat Yaichiro with fire power alone, so he enlists the help of his old teacher, Kansai Toda, a master swordsman who entrusts Munezo with the secret and power of The Hidden Blade.
In Japanese with English subtitles.
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