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his past as a child pre-war, his relationship with his mother (Margarita Terekhova) and her relationship with his withdrawn father.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

Weekend (1967)

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Week End (original title) Summary:  A married couple’s idyllic weekend plans to drive down to the French countryside are thwarted when suddenly hitting wildly long traffic jams in all directions.  They travel further into the queues to witness the aftermath of violent car accidents, … 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

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

Battle Royale (2000)

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Batoru rowaiaru (original title) Summary:  With unemployment continually running high and a torn apart economy, the Japanese government pass the revolutionary Battle Royale Act; legalising one randomly selected class of schoolchildren to be sent to an island, equipping each student with only … Continue reading