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Focusing on the lives of an elderly couple and the strain their relationship undergoes after one of them suffers a mild stroke, Amour is one of the most powerfully moving, emotionally devastating pieces of cinema ever made.
Winner of the 2012 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival as well as winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
(Further Academy Award nominations for Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay.)
Alex and marcus are a couple whose story is told over the course of a fateful evening in a series of long takes. An emotional odyssey that unspools in reverse from gut-wrenching violence to sweetly observed moments of sublime tenderness.
Jean-Dominique Bauby is the high-flying editor of French Elle and father of two, who was renowned for his sense of humor and style, his joie de vivre and amorous energy, when, in an instant, his world was plunged into the depths of catastrophe.
Faced with a harrowing predicament, Jean-Dominique will use enormous courage and determination but, most of all, his soaring imagination to escape from his trap. Tapping into the limitlessness of his memories, fantasies, wit and wishes, he finds a way to race through experiences of wonder and grief, sex and love, fatherhood and childhood, faith and questioning, ecstasy and absurdity – and touches the very essence of what it is to be human.
Along the way he is buoyed by a quintet of remarkable women: Céline, the mother of his children who remains devoted to him despite his betrayal; Inés, the girlfriend who still haunts him; Henriette and Marie, who give Jean-Dominique the power to re-connect with the world and his loved ones; and Claude, who becomes his ravishing literary assistant.
In French with English subtitles.
Juliette Binoche stars in this French drama about female students who turn to prostitution to fund their university studies.
Anne is a professional journalist writing an article about student prostitution for Elle magazine. She finds herself drawn to two young women in particular: impoverished Polish student Alicja and Charlotte, who comes from one of the vast and anonymous housing estates on the outskirts of Paris.
As she learns more about the young women and their experiences, Anne begins to question her own firmly-held convictions about money, sex, marriage and motherhood.
The second part of Pasolini's Trilogy of Life plunges with gusto into dark and bawdy tales which celebrate almost every conceivable form of sexual act with a rich, earthy humour. Pasolini himself has a cameo appearance in this playful film, presented here in a new High-Definition restoration.
From acclaimed director Abbas Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us) comes the story of a couple’s apparent chance meeting in beautiful Tuscany.
He (William Shimell) is a British author in town to talk about his new book. She (Juliette Binoche) is a French gallery owner in search of originality. Together they tour the local galleries, cafés and museums and discover that nothing is quite what it seems and truth, like art, is always open to interpretation.
Captivating and hugely entertaining, this acclaimed romantic tale playfully and provocatively blurs the lines between reality and imagination.
Yasujiro Ozu's final film is also his final masterpiece, the gently heartbreaking story of a man's dignified resignation to both life's ever-shifting currents and society's gradual modernization. Though widower Shuhei Hirayama (Ozu's frequent leading man Chishu Ryu) has been living comfortably for years with his grown daughter, a series of events leads him to accept and encourage her marriage and departure. As elegantly composed and achingly tender as any of the Japanese master's films, An Autumn Afternoon (Sanma no aji ) is one of cinema's fondest farewells. Source: Image Entertainment Inc.
An impressionable and vulnerable Arab man gets thrust into a hellish prison, and ironically discovers greater opportunities for success than he ever possessed outside of the bars, in this violent melodrama from emerging French master filmmaker Jacques Audiard.
Tahar Rahim stars as Malik El Djebena, a petty criminal incarcerated for six years. Once inside and subjected to all of the standard brutalities that most prisoners endure, he is quickly educated in the "ways" of the prison, an institution torn violently between gangs of Corsicans and Arabs.
The head Corsican thug, César Luciani, offers Malik an ultimatum: either he rubs out an Arab inmate named Reyeb, or he himself dies. Not only does Malik succeed with the hit, he earns the begrudging respect of the other prisoners, and -- after securing several days' release for good behavior -- uses off-time to forge a deeper and more multi-layered network of criminal ties than he ever dreamed possible.
But as his own power and confidence grow, they threaten to outstrip Cesar's own insistence on submission and obedience at all costs.
In French with English subtitles.
Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a bourgeios life of cards, booze and women. Suddenly his luck runs out when he's arrested and thrown into a Nazi concentration camp.
His exceptional skills are spotted and he is forced to help the Nazis in an organized counterfeit operation set up to help finance the war effort and flood the British and American economies with fake currency.
Faced with a moral dilemma, Salomon must decide whether his actions, which could prolong the war and risk the lives of fellow prisoners, are ultimately the right ones.
In German with English subtitles.
The story of the late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis's life, from the bands rise to fame to his tragic suicide.
Control documents the relationships with both his wife and his girlfriend, his battle with epilepsy and the road to success with his band, Joy Division.
In black & white.
In the squalid, impoverished South American town of Las Piedras, desperate men and women from all over the world scrape out a living and dream of escape, under the watchful eye of the ruling Southern Oil Company. When a well explodes 300 miles away, the American company conscripts four of these unfortunates to drive trucks loaded with volatile nitroglycerin through treacherous mountains, a suicide mission that is their only way out. With The Wages of Fear, legendary director Henri-Georges Clouzot created one of the greatest thrillers ever committed to celluloid--an epic portrait of courage and cowardice, bursting with white-knuckle suspense and raw emotion. The DVD features a new, restored high-definition digital transfer, new interviews with Clouzot's biographer and assistant director, the trailer, and more.
A Tale Of Springtime
A Winter's Tale
A Summer's Tale
An Autumn Tale
In French with English Subtitles.
On a busy Paris boulevard, a youth scornfully tosses a crumpled paper bag into the outstretched hands of a beggar woman.
This is the bond which, for an instant, links several very different characters: Anne, an actress; her war photo- grapher boyfriend Georges; his farmer father and younger brother Jean, who, contrary to his father's wishes, has no interest in inheriting the farm; Amandou, a music teacher for deaf-mute children, and his family, who originate from Africa; and Maria a Romanian immigrant.
Written and directed by Michael Haneke, one of modern cinema's most distinctive and ambitious directors, Code Unknown is a complex film of powerful emotional force and a fascinating study of the subtle connections and barriers between people, social class, race, and the difficulty of communicating in the modern world.
In French with English subtitles.
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