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The funny, smart and vibrant portrait of a modern American family.
Nic and Jules are your average suburban couple raising their two teens, Joni and Laser, in Southern California. But when the kids secretly track down their “donor dad,” Paul, an unexpected new chapter begins for everyone as family ties are defined, re-defined and then re-re-defined.
Fall in love with the big-hearted comedy that critics are raving about.
(Nominated for 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay)
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.
Focusing on the lives of an elderly couple and the strain their relationship undergoes after one of them suffers a mild stroke, Amour is one of the most powerfully moving, emotionally devastating pieces of cinema ever made.
Winner of the 2012 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival as well as winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
(Further Academy Award nominations for Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay.)
Jacques Audiard directs this multiple award-winning French relationship drama detailing the bond that develops between two people, both profoundly damaged in different ways.
The film starts by telling two parallel stories: one of Ali, a homeless father struggling to care for his five-year-old son, and the other of Stephanie, a woman who loses her legs in an accident while working as a trainer of killer whales.
Both strong, idiosyncratic characters who are used to defining the parameters of their personal relationships, their union forces them out of the emotional safety zones they have each developed for the purposes of self-protection.
The third and final part of Kieslowski's trilogy has been acclaimed as his masterpiece. Immaculately played by an extraordinary cast, Red masterfully plays on Kieslowski's interpretation of brotherhood and destiny.
Irene Jacob is stunning as young model who meets retired judge by chance when she rescues his dog from a car accident. Jean-Louise Trintignant is utterly compelling as the embittered judge who spends his days eavesdropping on his neighbors' phone conversations. Their initially fiery relationship mellows into a close friendship that ultimately liberates them both.
A final twist of fate reveals the destinies of the characters from all three parts of the trilogy
In French with English subittles.
Kaya Scodelario as Cathy and James Howson as Heathcliff lead an impressive British cast in this timeless story of two of the most memorable lovers in literature.
This raw and gritty version of Emily Bronte's classic novel is ruthlessly brought down to its essential roots, and presents us with an adaptation that's startlingly original and completely unforgettable.
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)
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.
Imaginatively exploring questions of faith, familial responsibility, delinquent behavior, dental phenomena, academia, mortality, and Judaism – and intersections thereof – A Serious Man is the new film from Academy Award-winning writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen.
A Serious Man is the story of an ordinary man’s search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous acquaintances, Sy Ableman, who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry.
Larry’s unemployable brother Arthur is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny is a discipline problem and a shirker at Hebrew school, and his daughter Sarah is filching money from his wallet in order to save up for a nose job.
While his wife and Sy Ableman blithely make new domestic arrangements, and his brother becomes more and more of a burden, an anonymous hostile letter-writer is trying to sabotage Larry’s chances for tenure at the university. Also, a graduate student seems to be trying to bribe him for a passing grade while at the same time threatening to sue him for defamation. Plus, the beautiful woman next door torments him by sunbathing nude.
Struggling for equilibrium, can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person – a mensch – a serious man?
When the beautiful, young Ruth Barren has a sense that something is missing in her life, she travels to India in search of self-discovery. There she falls under the influence of a religious guru.
Her family, alarmed and desperate to regain their daughter, hire PJ Walters, an American cult 'deprogrammer' to find her and rescue her.
Two days later a reversal of power takes place when the battleground shifts from religion to sex. The spiritual pro is himself facing deprogramming as he falls for his avenging angel.
Inspired by true events, this shocking story unfurls as a young American (Dusan Dukic) wakes up stark naked in a parking lot one frigid morning in Montreal. The only thing he remembers is that his name is James Brighton and he is gay.
After the police efforts produce no results, James desperately turns to a local gay hotline and a doctorial student for help. As the pieces of his actual identity unfold, a bizarre twist lands James in jail and everyone questioning who this person really is!
The story of the late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis's life, from the bands rise to fame to his tragic suicide.
Control documents the relationships with both his wife and his girlfriend, his battle with epilepsy and the road to success with his band, Joy Division.
In black & white.
Paris, Je T'aime tells stories of love from the City of Love. Eighteen renowned filmmakers have created their own vignette based in different areas of Paris to form a collection of short films which will embrace you to fall in love with the world's most romantic city.
Eighteen short films made by an assortment of international directors including Alfonso Cuaron, The Coen Brothers, Wes Craven, Alexander Payne and Gus Van Sant bring their individual vision to a collective love letter to the French capital.
Starring in the films includes a collection of some of the finest actors and actresses with Natalie Portman, Juliette Binoche, Steve Buscemi, Bob Hoskins, Elijah Wood and Maggie Gyllenhaal all appearing.
Ken Loach is one of Britain’s most respected film directors with a career spanning over 40 years.
From his pioneering days with the BBC, scripting and directing Cathy Come Home in 1966, to the Palme D’Or winning The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Ken Loach has stayed to his film making style and socially conscious subject matter.
This 8-disc digi-pack slipcase set includes a bonus DVD containing a documentary profiling the life and work of the film maker, including the theatrical trailer of his latest film, It’s a Free World and a 16 page companion booklet.
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
Regarded as one of director Bertrand Blier's greatest achievements, Buffet Froid is also amongst contemporary French cinema’s darkest and most original black comedies.
Alphonse Tram discovers his casual subway acquaintance dead with Alphonse's penknife sticking out of his belly. When he tries to report the crime to his neighbour, a police inspector, the latter refuses to listen. Later, Alphonse's wife is killed, and her hapless murderer confesses to Alphonse, but neither Alphonse nor the police inspector seem shocked. Instead, the crime acts as a catalyst for the trio to embark on a series of subversive adventures.
A stylish, nocturnal blend of Buñuellian satire and crime thriller, Buffet Froid brilliantly skewers the alienating and dehumanizing effects of urban life, and passes comment on a supposedly civilised society. Blier’s third collaboration with Depardieu, whose personality the director cites as the film’s inspiration, the ensemble acting is terrific.
In French with English subtitles.
This action-packed film from dynamic director Rajiv Rai stars Bobby Deol as Saahil, a young man whose life is plunged into chaos when he is caught up in a love triangle and wrongly accused of his stepfather's murder. Framed and imprisoned, Saahil must break out and stay one step ahead of the police in order to clear his name, find the real killer, and be reunited with his true love, Eesha (played by the radiant Kajol).
A delightful road movie concerned with three disparate characters heading for the Argentine city of San Julian amid the beautiful landscapes of Patagonia.
Roberto is a travelling salesman hoping to impress a young widow by surprising her child with a birthday cake. Don Justo is an old man with poor vision who sits in front of his son's grocery store and entertains passing children by wiggling his ears. Maria is a shy young mother who has won an appearance on TV game show 'Multicoloured Casino".
Gently probing the hopes and aspirations of his characters, director Carlos Sorin uses the interconnected, tripartite structure to offer astute observations - both on a culture relatively unscathed by modernity and on contemporary Argentina itself.
In Spanish with English subtitles.
Jean-Luc Godard's homage to Hollywood pulp fiction movies of the 1940s which also gave its name in the 1990s to Quentin Tarantino's production company. Franz (Sami Frey) and Arthur (Claude Brasseur), a couple of Parisian streetwise kids team up with the shy Odile (Anna Karina) to plan a robbery. The trio's over-developed fantasies come together whilst visiting the Louvre, cafes and even play-acting shoot-outs and it soon becomes apparent that the robbery is definitely not going to go according to plan.
At a decadent 1930s party, two very sexy and utterly shameless young women, Nathalie and Éliane, make a bet with a rich and handsome young Baron to corrupt two innocent teenagers in order to ruin their families' reputations. The prize on offer is marriage to the wealthy Baron.
The innocent and beautiful Nathalie, the illegitimate child of an aristocrat, seeks revenge on her father, Leroy-Murville. She is hired as the private teacher of her half-sister, sexy Sophie, and revenge takes shape using the most depraved teaching methods.
Meanwhile, the seductive Eliane sets out to corrupt the teenage son of Colonel Montvilliers using similarly perverse methods.
What you will see in this highly charged Sadean journey into sexual depravity and corruption of the innocent will astound you. Prepare yourself for scenes of masturbation, incest, lesbianism, bondage and all manner of unspeakably depraved sexual acts, together with a grand display of some of the finest lingerie in this classic example of French erotica.
Previously only available in a heavily censored version, Dressage can finally be fully appreciated in its fully uncut sexual glory for the first time.
In French with English subtitles, and in dubbed English language.
Jean-Dominique Bauby is the high-flying editor of French Elle and father of two, who was renowned for his sense of humor and style, his joie de vivre and amorous energy, when, in an instant, his world was plunged into the depths of catastrophe.
Faced with a harrowing predicament, Jean-Dominique will use enormous courage and determination but, most of all, his soaring imagination to escape from his trap. Tapping into the limitlessness of his memories, fantasies, wit and wishes, he finds a way to race through experiences of wonder and grief, sex and love, fatherhood and childhood, faith and questioning, ecstasy and absurdity – and touches the very essence of what it is to be human.
Along the way he is buoyed by a quintet of remarkable women: Céline, the mother of his children who remains devoted to him despite his betrayal; Inés, the girlfriend who still haunts him; Henriette and Marie, who give Jean-Dominique the power to re-connect with the world and his loved ones; and Claude, who becomes his ravishing literary assistant.
In French with English subtitles.
Thirty-something Brandon Sullivan is a New York yuppie. He is also a sex addict who thinks about sex all the time when he's not having sex. He surfs for porn on his work computer, masturbates often even in his office's men's room, and eyes strange women in whatever situation he's in in the hopes of having quick anonymous sex with them.
He hides his sex addiction from those few people in his life who he lets in in an emotional sense, unlike his married boss, David Fisher, who is open about his marital infidelities to his male work colleagues. And the act of sex holds no emotional connotation whatsoever for Brandon.
The arrival back into his life and his apartment of his sister Sissy Sullivan, from who he was estranged due to the emotional baggage associated, changes Brandon's life, especially in what he can do in what used to be the privacy and sanctity of his apartment.
Sissy, unlike Brandon, sees sex and emotional attachment as one in the same. And soon, Brandon's life begins to spiral out of control following her arrival...
The story of a man diagnosed with stomach cancer, Kurosawa's film is a serious contemplation of the nature of existence and the question of how we find meaning in our lives.
Opening with a shot of an x-ray, showing the main character's stomach, Ikiru tells the tale of a dedicated, downtrodden civil servant who, diagnosed with a fatal cancer, learns to change his dull, unfulfilled existence, and suddenly discovers a zest for life.
Plunging first into self-pity, then a bout of hedonistic pleasure-seeking on the frenetic streets of post-war Tokyo, Watanabe - the film's hero - finally finds satisfaction through building a children's playground.
Beautifully played by Takashi Shimura (who starred in 21 of Kurosawa's films), Ikiru is an intensely lyrical and moving film, and was one of Kurosawa's own favourites.
In black & white.
Set in beautiful 14th century Sweden, the film tells a sombre, powerful fable of peasant parents whose daughter, a young virgin, is brutally raped and murdered by swineherds after her half sister has invoked a pagan curse.
By a bizarre twist of fate, the murderers ask for food and shelter from the dead girl's parents, who, upon discovering the truth about their erstwhile lodgers, exact a chilling revenge.
This cruel and sensational medieval allegory, made all the more powerful for the luminous, hauling black and white photography and Bergman's meticulous direction, was later to be re-made by horror director Wes Craven as Last House on the Left.
In black & white.
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