A teacher discovers his calling. Marco relocates to Palermo from Milan and takes a job teaching in a reform school while he waits for a high school position. He tries to understand and motivate his handful of students, reading them colloquial poetry, encouraging them to stand up for their rights, finding out about their histories. Natale, in for murder, enamored of the Mafia, the King Rat within the group; Mery, a drag queen, arrested for assault when defending himself, in love with Mario and, in daylight, rejected by all; Pietro, illiterate, muscular, believing his destiny is set; the callow Claudio, vulnerable, learning to harden himself. What can Mario learn and do in such a short time?
Death of a Scoundrel (1956) Charles Martin, George Sanders, Yvonne De Carlo, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Crime, Drama
When Clementi Suborin is found murdered, his secretary recounts to the police the story of his rise from Czech refugee to ultra-rich New Yorker. The tale of betrayal, womanising and fraud confirms that almost everyone who knew him wanted him dead.
Les intrigantes / The Plotters (1954) Henri Decoin, Raymond Rouleau, Jeanne Moreau, Raymond Pellegrin, Crime, Drama, Thriller
A stage director (Raymond Rouleau) becomes the prime suspect in the death of his assistant, who may or may not have been fooling around with the director’s wife (Jeanne Moreau). The wife helps her husband hide out from the police, taking over his responsibilities in the theater. Soon she is flourishing in the world of make-believe, and she has fallen under the spell of the duplicitous rat who started all of the trouble in the first place. Saving the day is the director’s good-hearted secretary (Etchika Choureau), who has long harbored a crush on her boss.
Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars, but after suffering a blow to the head during the heist he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang’s leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon’s psyche. As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon’s broken subconscious, the lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.
Fallen (1998) Gregory Hoblit, Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Det. John Hobbes is convinced that when killer Edgar Reese is executed, all of his troubles are over. But when people he knows and people on the street start to sing the same tune that Reese sang in the gas chamber, and those same people taunt him, he is told that maybe the cursed fallen angel Azazel is behind it all. Azazel is cursed to roam the Earth without a form, and he can switch bodies by any contact, making him hard to track. When Hobbes is forced to kill a man possessed by Azazel, he must clear his name while protecting his family and others from the evil, vengeful Azazel.
Antes de morir piensa en mí (2008) Raúl Hernández Garrido, Rebeca Badía, Diego Braguinsky, Paula Braguinsky, Crime, Drama
Nina (Sara Vallés) es una joven con una vida desgraciada que no se resigna a no ser feliz. Su vida nos habla de la frustración sentimental de una época gris en la historia de España. Acusada de participar en un crimen horrendo, la historia de Nina revive a través de su infancia de abandono, su matrimonio con un hombre mayor que ella, la relación que mantiene con un compañero de su marido, hasta llegar a un final trágico en el que, irónicamente, logra alcanzar esa felicidad que nunca ha tenido.
Rape Shot Momoes Lips (1979) Katsuhiko Fujii, Minako Mizushima, Yûko Asuka, Noriaki Abe, Crime, Erotic
Toru, a down and out tabloid reporter is looking for his next “big” story. In order to get paid decent money in the supermarket rag business, you need to find controversy! The elusive “Momoe” is forbidden fruit, so he sets his sights on Miki Yoko, an up and coming young singing sensation. She’s young and beautiful and Toru thinks her record company is pumping her full of drugs. He will do anything to get a story, even assaulting her and tailing her everywhere she goes. One night, she is kidnapped right in front of him and, with his reporter instincts at work, Toru’s life spirals into a torrid world of sex, drugs, and corruption in the entertainment business. In his quest for a huge story, will he come out unscathed?
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) Tom Tykwer, Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in the stench of eighteenth century Paris, develops a superior olfactory sense, which he uses to create the world’s finest perfumes. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he tries to preserve scents in the search for the ultimate perfume.