Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Summary:  Jiro Ono owns Sukiyabashi Jiro, a small sushi restaurant renowned worldwide, situated in the basement of an office building in Tokyo, Japan.  There are only ten seats in the restaurant, yet it’s been rewarded with three Michelin stars, needs to be booked … Continue reading

I Am Love (2009)

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Io sono l’amore (original title) Summary:  Over two decades ago, Emma (Tilda Swinton) left her home in Russia to marry Tancredi Recchi (Pippo Delbono), an Italian businessman.  Now living in Milan, her husband runs a successful and family-run textile factory, … 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

Sin Nombre (2009)

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Summary:  A Honduran family make the long and dangerous journey to the United States, in hopes of entering as illegal immigrants for a better life.  By jumping trains heading towards Mexico to near the border, they run and hide from officials … Continue reading

The Only Son (1936)

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Hitori musuko (original title) Summary: In a poor province of Japan, a widowed silk factory worker (Chôko Iida) is faced with the decision whether to send her only son (Shin’ichi Himori) to Tokyo for a better education.  After the boy’s school … 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

The Mirror (1975)

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Zerkalo (original title) Summary:  A dying man remembers his past as a child pre-war, his relationship with his mother (Margarita Terekhova) and her relationship with his withdrawn father.  He goes onto remember other memories from his life during the war … Continue reading

The Raid (2011)

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Summary:  An apartment building in Jakarta, Indonesia houses a drug lord and all of his gang.  A S.W.A.T. team breaks into the building on an operation to wipe them out floor by floor, before reaching the boss who resides on the highest level.  Undiscovered, … Continue reading

Amélie (2001)

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Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (original title) Summary: Amélie Poulain lived a sheltered childhood, impeding her social skills but growing her imagination.  Now an adult, her wild and wondrous fantasies never left her with the only change being that she’s moved to Paris and works as a waitress.  One … Continue reading

Farewell (2009)

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L’affaire Farewell (original title) Summary:  Soviet Colonel Sergei Gregoriev (Emir Kusturica) becomes disillusioned in communism and the regime, at the height of the Cold War.  He decides, in order to force reform in creating a better Russia for his son, he must reveal … Continue reading