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

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

The Eye (2002)

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Gin gwai (original title) Summary:  20 year-old Mun (Angelica Lee) has been blind ever since the age of two, but thankfully her eyesight is restored after undertaking a successful eye cornea transplant surgery.  Despite being able to see again, Mun starts to … 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

The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

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El espinazo del diablo (original title) Summary:  In the thick of the Spanish Civil War, the son of a fallen Republican hero, Carlos (Fernando Tielve), is left at a small orphanage in a remote location far from any town, village or civilisation.  He quickly meets … Continue reading

Cronos (1993)

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Summary:  An old, happily settled antiques dealer (Federico Luppi) discovers a curious device mysteriously hidden inside the hollow base of a 450 year old statue.  Fascinated but unaware of its purpose, he begins to unwind the device until a golden, scarab-like … Continue reading

Heart of Glass (1976)

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Herz aus Glas (original title) Summary:  Set in 18th century Bavaria, a little town is famous for producing an exquisite red ‘ruby glass’ from a glassblowing factory.  The secret on how to make this brilliant ruby glass is feared lost when the … Continue reading

Solaris (1972)

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Solyaris (original title) Summary:  A once busy space station which orbits a mysterious ocean-covered planet, named Solaris, was built to hold over 80 residents but is now only occupied by three scientists.  The mental state of the scientists have grown concern after they … Continue reading