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Pulce non c’è (2012) Giuseppe Bonito, Pippo Delbono, Marina Massironi, Piera Degli Esposti, Drama

Pulce non c'e (2012)
Daisy Camurati (Ludovica Falda) is nine years old but not a child like any other. Flea, as she is called, is autistic, and tamarind drinks only listen to classical music. Enter his world is not easy but the family did everything to make her feel normal and guaranteed a quiet life, building a universe in which to communicate through images is easier than doing it with words. She devoted mother Anita (Marina Massironi), father Walter (Pippo Delbono), grandmother Carmen (Piera Degli Esposti) and, above all, his sister Joan (Francesca Di Benedetto), a few years older. Until one day the serenity of the house is not upset by the return of Flea, taken to school by the authorities and carried out in a community. The family strikes the ax of the heaviest of the charges: Walter is suspected of abusing Flea and justice must at all costs make his path, with the risk of having made a mistake that is unlikely to give back to the atmosphere of Camurati serenity that prevailed before.

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The Flame of New Orleans (1941) René Clair, Marlene Dietrich, Bruce Cabot, Roland Young, Comedy, Romance

The Flame of New Orleans (1941)
French farce comes to the New World in 1840 as Claire Ledoux convinces the middle-aged banker who is her fiance that she is two different women – a deception made necessary by the arrival of a man acquainted with the swath she cut across Europe. Giraud has been about to foreclose on a $150 loan made to a sea captain who needed the funds to court Claire. Get Claire’s “cousin” out of New Orleans before the wedding, Giraud tells the sea captain and the debt will be paid.

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Le rouge est mis / Speaking of Murder (1957) Gilles Grangier, Jean Gabin, Paul Frankeur, Marcel Bozzuffi, Thriller

Le rouge est mis (1957)
Louis Bertain, a respectable garage owner by day, is the head of a band of notorious crooks by night. When a hold-up goes badly wrong, Bertain’s younger brother Pierre is suspected of having sold them out to the police. He was, after all, recently picked up by the police and then released after questioning. When he is finally caught by Commissaire Pluvier, Louis discovers that he has been betrayed not by Pierre but by another member of his gang…

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Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) Mike Leigh, Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, Samuel Roukin, Comedy, Drama

Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh, 2008)
Poppy Cross is happy-go-lucky. At 30, she lives in Camden: cheeky, playful, frank while funny, and talkative to strangers. She’s a conscientious and exuberant primary-school teacher, flatmates with Zoe, her long-time friend; she’s close to one sister, and not so close to another. In this slice of life story, we watch her take driving lessons from Scott, a dour and tightly-wound instructor, take classes in flamenco dance from a fiery Spaniard, encounter a tramp in the night, and sort out a student’s aggressive behavior with a social worker’s help. Along the way, we wonder if her open attitude puts her at risk of misunderstanding or worse. What is the root of happiness?

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Cara o cruz / Heads or Tails (2003) Camilo Luzuriaga, Valentina Pacheco, Marilú Vaca, Luis Vivanco, Drama

Cara o cruz AKA Heads or Tails (2003)
After being sent abroad at the tender age of eight, Virginia returns to Quito, her birthplace, twenty-five years later. She is finally reunited with her widowed father and her fraternal twin sister, Manuela. Her sister lives in their parents’ house with her husband and two sons while her father vegetates in a retirement home. She confides to her sister that living in New York and the separation from her family has caused her to find affection in troubled love affairs, but Manuela has secrets of her own.

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Il delitto di Giovanni Episcopo / Flesh Will Surrender (1947) Alberto Lattuada, Aldo Fabrizi, Roldano Lupi, Yvonne Sanson, Drama

Il delitto di Giovanni Episcopo AKA Flesh Will Surrender (1947)
Giovanni used to be a humble, mild-mannered government clerk whose life was turned upside down when he met Giulio, a notorious forger who at once set about manipulating the over-confident man. Giovanni did what he should never have done: he associated himself with the crook. Giulio soon laid hands on Giovanni’s money, ruined his career and manhandled him into marrying his own mistress, the beautiful Ginevra. It was of course an unhappy marriage but Giovanni found a little solace when his son Ciro was born. Seven years later though, Wanzer resurfaced…

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Student Services / Mes chères études (2010) Emmanuelle Bercot, Déborah François, Alain Cauchi, Mathieu Demy, Drama

Student Services (2010)
A cash strapped college student goes to work as an escort in order to make ends meet, only to realize that her education has taken a back seat to her budding career in the pleasure industry. In her struggle to stay financially stable during her first year at the university, 19 year old Laura discovers that a part-time job just won’t pay the bills. Then, just when Laura is at her most desperate, she sees an internet ad from a man who’s willing to pay £100 an hour to spend an intimate evening with a willing student. Compelled by the lure of some easy money, Laura answers the ad. Later, despite a promise to herself that this will be a once time occurrence, Laura finds herself falling into a new bed every night, and making more money than she ever thought possible. By the time Laura realizes she has stumbled into the downward spiral of prostitution, she begins to doubt her ability to break free from temptation, and finish her education.

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Dreszcze / Shivers (1981) Wojciech Marczewski, Tomasz Hudziec, Teresa Marczewska, Marek Kondrat, Drama, History

Dreszcze AKA Shivers (1981)
Set in the early 1950’s, during the Stalin’s Personality Cult. The story opens in a provincial town. Tomek’s father, a former member of the Home Army is arrested so the mother is left with the task of raising two kids alone. The neighbor upstairs commits suicide when her husband is also arrested and transported to the prison camp. It’s winter so the kids keep their hands warm at school by hand-beating themselves. The teachers at school are mean, narrow minded idealists, When they ask the kids who goes to church on Sundays, the whole class stands up to defeat the purpose of the propaganda lesson. Tomek is sent to the training school in the summer. There he absorbs most of the ideology pumped into his head, and when his father is released from prison he finds another boy he has left.

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