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

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

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

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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

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

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his past as a child pre-war, his relationship with his mother (Margarita Terekhova) and her relationship with his withdrawn father.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

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

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

Breathless (1960)

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À bout de souffle (original title) Summary:  A small-time thief, Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo), steals cars and drives them to Paris to resell.  One day whilst driving towards the capital with another stolen car, a policeman on a motorcycle follows him onto … Continue reading