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  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Incendies
  • The Skin I Live In
  • Princess Mononoke

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  • Lo invisible

    ★★★★

  • All My Puny Sorrows

    ★★★★

  • Maria Chapdelaine

    ★★★★½

  • Beasts of No Nation

    ★★★★

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  • Clair Obscur

    Clair Obscur

    ★★★★½

    The sea is both placid and violent. It is a sanctuary for those who wish to feel alive, and a tomb. Even when the sea is calm there are dangerous undertows beneath the surface. So too with women’s souls.

    Chenaz and Elmas move in vastly different currents. Chenaz, a psychiatrist, enjoys a life of privilege and luxury. She likes to think of herself as cosmopolitan, modern and successful. However, Chenaz is not sure if her partner, Cem, is in love…

  • The Rider

    The Rider

    ★★★★

    The joy of doing what you love burns away any pain. For Brady, a rodeo rider who just emerged from a coma, the joy and pain come in equal measure. Brady is told not to ride again. “Play the cards you are dealt,” says his father “let it go.” Yet Brady’s purpose in life is hitched to riding horses. Also, living in a trailer and eating rabbit soup is not the stuff of champions. In the starlight, around a campfire…

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  • Lo invisible

    Lo invisible

    ★★★★

    In the shadow of joy sometimes depression lurks.

    At a mansion deep in the emerald mountains of Puembo, Luisa suffers from a severe case of baby blues. Emerging from psychiatric care after being accused of trying to harm her second child, Luisa attempts to resume her expected role as patriarch. She puts on a bold front for others, but underneath she is fragile, unstable, and detached. She steps on broken glass and confronts people to try to feel alive, but…

  • All My Puny Sorrows

    All My Puny Sorrows

    ★★★★

    Sometimes letting go of grief is worse than the grief itself, for in letting go we risk losing this part of our true selves and our life experience. In other words, punting the ball down the field does not help in dealing with and defeating what ails the psyche. We must grapple with it and pull through.

    Sisters Yoli and Elf struggle to deal with the depression and doubt that plagues their family and lives. Suffering seems to be inherited…

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  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★★½

    Whatever kind of misfit you are, somebody gets you. Whether you are a freak, lone wolf, devil-child, parental failure, mass-murderer, or all the above, someone understands you.

    Titane suffers no fools, is prone to violence, extremely intense, and feels no pain. She has a titanium plate in her skull from causing a catastrophic accident as a child. She only grows worse with age. Titane’s impulsive rage soon puts her on the wrong side of the law. She runs into many…

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★★

    In ancient times if someone had a secret they did not want to reveal, they went to a distant and beautiful place, whispered the secret into a hole, covered it with mud, and left the secret there forever.

    In Hong Kong, 1962, Mo-wan has such a secret. He is falling for the woman next door, Li-zhen. Each of them is married to an absent and cheating spouse, but neither wants to sink to that level. “We won’t be like them,”…