Drama

Hamesh shaot me’Pariz / Five Hours from Paris (2009) Leonid Prudovsky, Vladimir Friedman, Efim Gelman, Ohad Gil, Drama

Hamesh shaot me'Pariz (2009)
Only 5 flight hours from Paris, in a working-class suburb of Tel Aviv, two people meet. He is a bred-and-born Israeli and she is a Russian immigrant. He is a taxi driver and she is a music teacher. He has no aspirations. She gave up hers long ago. He is afraid of flying and she is about to fly away. What are the odds of them ending up together?
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Boule de suif / Angel and Sinner (1945) Christian-Jaque, Micheline Presle, Berthe Bovy, Louise Conte, Drama

Boule de suif (1945)
This film is an adaptation of two stories by Guy de Maupassant, Tallow Ball and Mademoiselle Fifi. The trip by stagecoach to a frightened group of inhabitants of Rouen. The girl said Rousset, “suet ball” makes them a signal service, she encounters their stupidity and their sufficiency. Later, “suet ball” kills the dreaded Prussian lieutenant that his friends had nicknamed Fifi and shamelessly spread his love of plunder and his sadistic inclinations. It is a very patriotic film, directed to the liberation of France and is far from being detached from the context.
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Alice Adams (1935) George Stevens, Katharine Hepburn, Fred MacMurray, Fred Stone, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Alice Adams (1935)
In the small town of South Renford, Alice Adams comes from a working class background, although she aspires to be among the upper class. Alice’s mother blames Alice’s father for their low social standing, despite he working hard and Alice not blaming him for anything. Regardless, Alice tries to do whatever necessary to put on appearances of wealth and social standing despite everyone in that class in town knowing who she is, and thus largely ignoring her because of her false airs. First meeting at a society ball, Alice surprisingly catches the eye of Arthur Russell, surprisingly as he purportedly is engaged to débutante Mildred Palmer. As Alice continues to hide her true social standing from Arthur as he courts her, Mrs. Adams pressures Mr. Adams into doing something he doesn’t want to do in an effort truly to become part of the business class, that measure which entails sinking all his money into a business venture.
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River of Grass (1994) Kelly Reichardt, Lisa Bowman, Larry Fessenden, Dick Russell, Drama

River of Grass (1994)
Near the Everglades, the “river of grass,” lives Cozy (named for her father’s favorite drummer), lonely, in a loveless marriage, ignoring her kids. She fantasizes being a dancer, an acrobat, and a gymnast. One night at a bar she meets Lee. He’s jobless, homeless, and unbeknownst to Cozy, is in possession of her father’s handgun. Dad’s a cop and lost the gun chasing a robber. Cozy and Lee climb a fence to swim in a pool. Playing around with the gun, they think they kill the pool’s owner, so they go on the lam. An odd partnership develops even though they’re short on ideas. But how can they escape their barren lot if they don’t even have a quarter for the road toll?
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Le notti di Cabiria / The Nights of Cabiria (1957) Federico Fellini, Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Franca Marzi, Drama

Le notti di Cabiria (1957)
Cabiria is a wide-eyed waif, a streetwalker living in a poor section of Rome where she owns her little house, has a bank account, and dreams of a miracle. We follow her nights (and days): a boyfriend steals 40,000 lire from her and nearly drowns her, a movie star on the Via Veneto takes her home with him, at a local shrine she seeks the Madonna’s intercession, then she meets an accountant who’s seen her, hypnotized on a vaudeville stage, acting out her heart’s longings. He courts her. Is it fate that led to their meeting? Is this finally a man who appreciates her for who she is?
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Chakra / The Vicious Circle (1981) Rabindra Dharmaraj, Savita Bajaj, Arun Bakshi, Suresh Bhagwat, Drama

Chakra (1981)
Amma lives in Bijapur with her husband and son, Benwa. When a man attempts to sexually molest her, he is killed by her husband, the trio flee, but the husband is shot dead by the police. Amma re-locates to a shanty slum near Dharavi, Bombay, where Benwa grows up and shines shoes for a living. Amma is sexually active with Looka, a hoodlum and extortionist who shows up once in while, and also has a steady relationship with trucker, Anna. Both Looka and Anna are unaware of each other. Looka gets Benwa married to Amli from a nearby slum & Anna gets Amma a much better shelter. All seems to be going well until the Police come looking for an injured Looka, when he robs a pharmacy in order to get medicines for himself. Watch what happens when the Police arrive and find a visibly pregnant Amma with Looka, and the impact this will have on her relationship with Anna.
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The Browning Version (1994) Mike Figgis, Albert Finney, Greta Scacchi, Matthew Modine, Drama

The Browning Version (1994)
Andrew Crocker-Harris is an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British public school. After nearly 20 years of service, he is being forced to retire on the pretext of his health, and perhaps may not even be given a pension. The boys regard him as a Hitler, with some justification. His wife Laura is unfaithful, and lives to wound him any way she can. Andrew must come to terms with his failed life and regain at least his own self-respect.
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Jernanger / The Storm in My Heart (2009) Pål Jackman, Ailo Gaup, Pål Sverre Hagen, Hans Petter Hansen, Drama

Jernanger (2009)
Jernanger is a tale about the tempered Eivind who isn’t scared of anything- except love. Eivind, lives aboard a boat in the South of Norway. The boat lies low and lopsided in the water. Thirty years ago Eivind left his homestead and his teenage sweetheart behind, and he has not been back since. He was meant to go back when everything was honky-dory- only that never happened. Then young Kris appears. He wants to travel the world but didn’t get any longer than to the lifeboat of Jernanger. The to men finds one another and together they hatch a great plan.
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Beed-e majnoon / The Willow Tree (2005) Majid Majidi, Parviz Parastui, Roya Taymourian, Afarin Obeisi, Drama

Beed-e majnoon (2005)
Blind since childhood, Youssef has a devoted wife, loving daughter, and successful university career, but his affliction fills him with secret torment. As if in answer to his prayers, a clinic restores his sight- a miracle that is double-edged. Although this new world of sight and color floods him with ecstacy- the breathtaking images seen through his reawakened eyes include a dazzling vista of snow-blanketed hills, a shower of molten gold sparks in a jewlery foundry, an array of lollipop lights behind a rain-speckled car window- it also plunges him into a labyrinth of confusion and temptations. A pretty student begins to enclipse his previously invisible wife; he silently watches a subway pickpoket, who fixes him with a look of withering complicity. Eager to claim the lost life he feels he is owed but unable to take the next step, Youssef is inflamed with possibility and paralyzed with egoism.
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Günese Yolculuk / Journey to the Sun (1999) Yesim Ustaoglu, Nazmî Kirik, Newroz Baz, Mizgin Kapazan, Drama

Gunese yolculuk (1999)
Mehmet, a young Turkish man newly migrated from the village Tire, takes a job searching for water leaks below the surface of the streets of Istanbul. Due to a strange set of events, he is mistaken for a Kurd, imprisoned, and brutally beaten. Upon his release a week later, he becomes an outcast marked as a Kurd, losing his apartment, his job, and eventually his girl friend, Arzu. When a Kurdish friend, Berzan is killed in a street protest triggered by a hunger strike, Mehmet takes a trek to return the body to Berzan’s home village near the Iraqi border, and learns why so many Kurds are refugees.
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La viaccia / The Lovemakers (1961) Mauro Bolognini, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale, Pietro Germi, Drama

La viaccia (1961)
The original Italian is La Viaccia (the name of the family farm which motivates the plot). The death of a wealthy patriarch in 1885 sets off an interfamily power struggle. Son Ferdinando buys out his other relatives in order to gain full control over the dead man’s property. But Ferdinando’s nephew Amerigo holds out. Amerigo’s stance is weakened when he heads for Florence and meets prostitute Bianca.
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La luna / Luna (1979) Bernardo Bertolucci, Jill Clayburgh, Matthew Barry, Veronica Lazar, Drama

La luna (1979)
Recently widowed American opera diva Caterina takes her teenaged son Joe with her on a long singing tour to Italy. Absorbed in her hectic work in various Verdi operas around Rome, Caterina is soon shocked to discover that her troubled and lonely son has become a heroin addict. Her desperate attempts to wean the youth off the drug result in an incestuous relationship, but also in a possibility to reunite Joe–maybe even herself–with his real father, whose existence she has kept a secret from him.
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