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

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

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

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his past as a child pre-war, his relationship with his mother (Margarita Terekhova) and her relationship with his withdrawn father.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

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

Bicycle Thieves (1948)

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Ladri di biciclette (original title) Summary:  Depressed post-World War II Italy suffers with high unemployment across the country.  Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani), who has not worked for two years, is finally offered a job of delivering film posters around the city.  With … Continue reading

Amores Perros (2010)

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Summary:  “Life’s a bitch“, “Loves lost” and “Very bad love affairs” all appear when searching for a translation of the film’s title, which tells the story of three people who have no other connection than all being involved in a fatal car accident in Mexico City.  … Continue reading

City of God (2002)

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Cidade de Deus (original title) Summary:  In City of God, Brazil; a boy nicknamed ‘Rocket’ (Alexandre Rodrigues) tells the story which starts with a gang known as ‘the Tender Trio.’  One of the three in this gang is Rocket’s older brother, which is how … Continue reading