The Great Beauty (2013)

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La grande bellezza (original title) Summary:  Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) is turning 65 years old.  A member of Rome’s high society, he’s revered among his peers since hitting success with his first and only novel written in his twenties and … Continue reading

A Separation (2011)

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Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (original title) Summary:  Simin (Leila Hatami) wants to build another life abroad with her family, but her husband Nader (Perman Moaadi) refuses.  Whereas Simin believes a different country will provide their daughter with better opportunities, Nadar insists … Continue reading

Sopyonje (1993)

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Seopyeonje (original title) Summary:  Dung-ho (Kyu-chul Kim) thinks back to how he and his sister Songwa (Jung-hae Oh) were raised by a pansori singer Yu-bong (Myung-gon Kim).  Yu-bong wanted to turn the brother and sister duo into serious artists of pansori, a … Continue reading

The White Ribbon (2009)

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Das weiße Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (original title) Summary:  In the years before the First World War, a series of incidents occur in a village in northern Germany.  A doctor is hospitalised when his horse trips over a hidden … Continue reading

Late Spring (1949)

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Banshun (original title) Summary: 27-year old Noriko (Setsuko Hara) still lives with her widowed father (Chishû Ryû).  After the war, she recovers from an illness, which prompts close friends and family to question her father when she will be getting married.  She cares for … Continue reading