A Falecida / The Deceased (1965) Leon Hirszman, Fernanda Montenegro, Paulo Gracindo, Ivan Cândido, Drama

A Falecida (1965)
In the suburb of Sampaio, Zulmira visits a fortune teller (Madame Crisálida) who advises her to be careful with a ‘blonde woman’. When her unemployed husband, Toninho, returns home she tells him about what Madame Crisálida had to say, and guesses that the “blondie” might be her neighbor and cousin Glorinha. However, in their boring life, soccer is the relief valve of the mediocre. Toninho that is actually worried about the final soccer game of the “Carioca” (from Rio de Janeiro) Championship where his team Vasco will play against Fluminense. He does not pay much attention in his wife. Zulmira develops a morbid fixation and goes out into the rain where she catches pneumonia, forcing Toninho to promise her a dream funeral, upon her death.

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Prea târziu / Too Late (1996) Lucian Pintilie, Razvan Vasilescu, Cecilia Bârbora, Victor Rebengiuc, Drama, Thriller

Prea tarziu (1996)
Germany 1996. A man rummages through a bag, finding some sticks of dynamite. A few months earlier, in the Jiu Valley, a remote province in Romania, prosecutor Costa arrives to investigate some deaths that took place in a coal mine. Costa soon meets Alina. The two become lovers, but the mysterious mining deaths continue. Costa discovers something that took place before his arrival. Ficht and Ferz are twins, both afflicted by mental illness. Ficht goes in and out of hospital, while Ferz, like the prototype in an inverse evolution, has transformed into a kind of animal, following a regression from man to beast, and has found his habitat in the mine.

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Le corps de mon ennemi / Body of My Enemy (1976) Henri Verneuil, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Bernard Blier, Marie-France Pisier, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Le corps de mon ennemi AKA Body of My Enemy (1976)
Francois always despised the textile barons who ruled his local town. But he fell in love with the family heiress Gilberte. Ten years ago, he would have married her. Now only hatred holds them together. Francois is accused of murder. A hooker and a football star lie slaughtered. He thinks he has been framed by the mob. Going underground, he finds that the trail leads all the way to the top – to Gilberte’s family. He needs friends. And friends are hard to come by in his town.

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Signé: Arsène Lupin / Signed, Arsene Lupin (1959) Yves Robert, Robert Lamoureux, Alida Valli, Jacques Dufilho, Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Signed, Arsene Lupin (1959)
1919: le lieutenant André Laroche est en convalescence pour une blessure qu’il a essuyée alors qu’il était aviateur pendant la guerre mondiale. A l’hôpital, il fit la connaissance de la belle Aurélia Valéano, une roumaine, et entre les deux une sympathie naît. Puisqu’il estime d’être guéri, André s’en va et La Ballu arrive à le convaincre à reprendre son ancienne profession. Laroche, en effet, est le célèbre Arsène Lupin. Mais Lupin est utilisé par La Ballu et il se retrouve impliqué malgré lui dans la recherche du trésor de l’ordre de la toison d’or, disputé entre France et Empire austro-hongrois.

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Secret Ceremony (1968) Joseph Losey, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Mitchum, Mia Farrow, Drama, Thriller

Secret Ceremony (1968)
Leonora, a prostitute, mourns the death by drowning years earlier of her daughter. She encounters a strange waif-like girl, Cenci, who bears a strong resemblance to her lost child. Cenci is herself struck by the great resemblance of Leonora to her own mother, whose death the mentally unstable Cenci has been unable to accept or even acknowledge. The two women quickly develop a symbiotic relationship, moving in and out of the illusion that each is the lost loved one of the other. The complicating factor is the arrival of Albert, Cenci’s stepfather, whose incestuous attachment to her may well be the cause of her mind’s unbalance. With Albert’s arrival, no one in the strange trio is safe.

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The Van (1996) Stephen Frears, Colm Meaney, Donal O’Kelly, Ger Ryan, Comedy, Drama

The Van (1996)
The third installment of Irish author Roddy Doyle’s ‘Barrytown Trilogy’, following ‘The Commitments’ and ‘The Snapper’, depicts the hilarious yet poignant adventures of Bimbo. Upon being fired from his job at the bakery, Bimbo and his best mate go into business for themselves and purchase a chipper (a fish and chips van); but will the pressures of financial success sour their friendship forever?

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