Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

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Wo hu cang long (original title) Summary:  Master Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-fat) is one of the greatest warriors the Qing dynasty has ever seen.  Yet he vows to give up his former life as a swordsman and turns in his legendary sword, the Green … Continue reading

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

Delicatessen (1991)

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Summary: In a post-apocalyptic France, grain, lentils or the very shoes you wear on your feet have taken over from currency and what were once life’s little luxuries – like meat in particular – is scarce.  Ex-circus clown Louison (Dominique Pinon) arrives in a quiet … 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

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

The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

The Secret in Their Eyes (2009) Argentinian film

El secreto de sus ojos (original title) Summary:  Retired, divorced legal counsellor Benjamín Espósito (Ricardo Darín) sets out on writing a novel on the closed case involving the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto (Carla Quevedo).  Having personally worked … Continue reading

Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

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La vie d’Adèle (original title) Summary:  A blue-haired girl catches the eye of high school student Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos) when passing in the street.  Adele doesn’t see her again until she purposefully wanders into a gay bar after finishing a relationship with a male … Continue reading

Headhunters (2011)

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Hodejegerne (original title) Summary:  On the surface successful headhunter Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) has it all; the modern house, the job, the beautiful wife (Synnøve Macody Lund) and a never-ending wallet.  But secretly, he funds his extravagant lifestyle by stealing spendy art … 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