The Wind Rises (2013)

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Kaze tachinu (original title) Summary:  Since a boy, Jirô Horikoshi (voiced by Hideaki Anno) dreams of flying.  Upon discovering his unfortunate nearsightedness he doesn’t let it thwart his fascination with aircrafts; instead Jirô decides if he can’t fly planes, he’ll design them.  Yet, life … Continue reading

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

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Summary:  Partner in both business and love, Pierre Berge looks through his life with pioneering fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.  From his beginnings of growing up in Algeria with his family before he knew him, to the the start of … Continue reading

Ip Man (2008)

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Yip Man (original title) Summary:  In South China, Foshan is a prosperous town known for its martial arts.  It’s 1935 and there are numerous kung fu schools from where the town gets much of its reputation, yet a local townsman named Ip Man (Donnie Yen) … Continue reading

Persepolis (2007)

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Summary: A young girl growing up in Tehran begins to learn of her country’s politics as Iran’s uprising against its Shah topples him from power.  Marjane’s uncle, having once been imprisoned for rebelling against the government, is released and is hugely impressionable as … Continue reading

City of God (2002)

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Cidade de Deus (original title) Summary:  In City of God, Brazil; a boy nicknamed ‘Rocket’ (Alexandre Rodrigues) tells the story which starts with a gang known as ‘the Tender Trio.’  One of the three in this gang is Rocket’s older brother, which is how … Continue reading

La Vie En Rose (2007)

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La môme (original title) Summary:  The real life story of French singer Edith Piaf, since her rocky childhood shuffled between her mother, an alcoholic street singer, her grandmother, a madam of a brothel and then to her father, a circus performer.  Overcoming … Continue reading