Tag Archives: 2000s

A History of Violence (2005) David Cronenberg, Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, Crime, Drama, Thriller

A History of Violence (2005)
This is the story of a mild-mannered man, named Tom Stall, who becomes a local hero through an act of violence, he lives a happy and quiet life with his lawyer wife and their two children in the small town of Millbrook, Indiana. But one night their idyllic existence is shattered when Tom foils a vicious attempted robbery in his diner. Sensing danger, he takes action and saves his customers and friends in the self-defense killings of two-sought-after criminals. Heralded as a hero, Tom’s life is changed overnight, attracting a national media circus, which forces him into the spotlight. Uncomfortable with his newfound celebrity, Tom tries to return to the normalcy of his ordinary life only to be confronted by a mysterious and threatening man who arrives in town believing Tom is the man who wronged him in the past. As Tom and his family fight back against this case of mistaken identity and struggle to cope with their changed reality, they are forced to confront their relationships and the…

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The House of Mirth (2000) Terence Davies, Gillian Anderson, Dan Aykroyd, Eleanor Bron, Romance, Drama

The House of Mirth (2000)
Terence Davies’ The House of Mirth is a tragic love story set against a background of wealth and social hypocrisy in turn of the century New York. Lily Bart is a ravishing socialite at the height of her success who quickly discovers the precariousness of her position when her beauty and charm start attracting unwelcome interest and jealousy. Torn between her heart and her head, Lilly always seems to do the right thing at the wrong time. She seeks a wealthy husband and in trying to conform to social expectations, she misses her chance for real love with Lawrence Selden.

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Talaye sorkh / Crimson Gold (2003) Jafar Panahi, Hossain Emadeddin, Kamyar Sheisi, Azita Rayeji, Drama, Thriller

Talaye sorkh (2003)
For Hussein, a pizza delivery driver, the imbalance of the social system is thrown in his face wherever he turns. One day when his friend, Ali, shows him the contents of a lost purse, Hussein discovers a receipt of payment and cannot believe the large sum of money someone spent to purchase an expensive necklace. He knows that his pitiful salary will never be enough to afford such luxury. Hussein receives yet another blow when he and Ali are denied entry to an uptown jewelry store because of their appearance. His job allows him a full view of the contrast between rich and poor. He motorbikes every evening to neighborhoods he will never live in, for a closer look at what goes on behind closed doors. But one night, Hussein tastes the luxurious life, before his deep feelings of humiliation push him over the edge.

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Ni pour, ni contre (bien au contraire) / Not for, or Against (Quite the Contrary) (2003) Cédric Klapisch, Marie Gillain, Vincent Elbaz, Simon Abkarian, Crime, Drama

Ni pour ni contre (bien au contraire) (2003)
“Ni Pour, Ni Contre” tracks the fall of a young TV camerawoman, Caty, after she becomes involved with a group of petty criminals and their enigmatic leader, Jean. The gang lives hand-to-mouth until the day Jean plans a daring bank robbery. Although other gang members feel out of their league, Jean persuades them to take part and Caty finds herself in a hellish world of betrayal, violence and murder.

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Nackt / Naked (2002) Doris Dörrie, Heike Makatsch, Benno Fürmann, Alexandra Maria Lara, Comedy, Drama

Nackt (2002)
Emilia and Felix have separated some time ago, at Charlotte and Dylan (crumbling) the facade of the marital living together already and only Annette and Boris still seem to lead a healthy relationship. All six are friends and are found to eat in Charlotte and Dylan’s apartment. From a lively discussion then develops a bet: Felix claims that the two couples would not see naked and blindfolded again. After a slight hesitation to go Charlotte, Annette, Boris and Dylan finally on a bet …

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My Family and Other Animals (2005) Sheree Folkson, Eugene Simon, Imelda Staunton, Chris Langham, Comedy, Drama

My Family and Other Animals (2005)
Feeling the depressing effects of a gloomy English summer, the Durrell family decides to pack up and move to the Greek island of Corfu in 1935. Lead by their widowed mother, 13-year old future naturalist Gerald Durrell, his two older brothers and older sister move into a series of villas. Gerald indulges his passion for nature by filling his room with local fauna, while his brothers fill their time with writing or hunting and his sister sunbathes and flirts.

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