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Description: The destinies of five young girls from all over the globe intertwine in Paris as they embark on a roller-coaster ride of extremes in their find for love, sex and money. Based upon real stories, Shanghai Belle says the destiny of five young girls who all go through 'hell' to finally obtain an unexpected redemption. Every of them states her intimate confessions through everyday diaries. They experiment a adventure on the 'edge'. The effect of which is the loss of their innocence...
Description: Tarakanova is a 1930 French historical drama movie directed by Raymond Bernard and starring Édith Jéhanne, Paule Andral and Olaf Fjord. It depicts the life of Princess Tarakanoff, the pretender to the throne of Catherine II in Eighteenth Century Russia.
Description: It's 1961. Two servicemen smuggle a box of military gear to USA. Leroy tries out a military camera and accidentally takes a picture of some military facilities. Units finds one of the pictures and thinks they're communist spies.
Description: His father's untimely death sends young Wahab into an intense turmoil. Shaken by family feuds and what he discovers, he decides to bury his father in his native Lebanon. But the concept will prove no less trying in a country scarred by fight where a fresh corpse is one too many.
Description: In 2012 German Bundespraesident Christian Wulff declares his resignation in the nice hall of Bellevue Palace. At the side of his wife, he had to face the pressure of the media for 68 days while struggling for office of head of state of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Description: The lonely Jeruza lives in a easy isolated house by the seaside with the siblings Cassandra and Ulisses and the family survives by selling handicrafts for a local store. Her husband, Santiago, is a sailor who has been missing for many years. When the stranger Roque arrives at Jeruza's house late afternoon, he says her that Santiago was murdered in a bar fight. Jeruza lodges Roque to spend the night and they have a one night stand. He then seduces Cassandra, who loses her virginity with him and he convinces Ulisses to have an incestuous relationship with his sister. Jeruza realizes that Roque, who has a dreadful secret, is a destructive being that is threatening her family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Description: 1942. The members of the Voß family, mother, two daughters, a daughter-in-law, and a son-in-law, are living in a house at the river. A fellow soldier of son Paul, who wars at the eastern front, delivers his greetings and an embroidered Russian blouse for Emmi, Paul′s wife. Daughter Agnes, whose husband is also fighting in the war, receives a fur vest from the junior partner who is stalking her. Obviously, the vest is also loot from the eastern front. When the family receives news that Emmi′s husband has been killed in action, the fight finally enters the house at the river. Emmi commits suicide while Agnes′s husband returns as a cripple from the fight front. At home, he has to learn what a price his wife had to pay for the "Russian fur".
Description: Set in 1931, the movie takes zone aboard a merchant ship, briefly harboured in South America. A young girl (Diane Cilento) boards the ship as a passenger, resulting in disharmony among the superstitious team members. Virtuous seaman Anthony Steel protects the woman from the lecherous advances of captain Peter Finch.
Description: São Paulo, today. Bones are found in an anonymous grave and sent to the morgue. The coroner Artur deals with actresses and extremists. A body gets preserved for more than thirty years. An identity is searched...
Description: In post-World Fight II Estonia, Mait Kukemeri, an activist of the Young Communist League arrives to the Metsa collective farm in the back of a traveling cinema truck. As a commissary of the spring sowing, he has orders to usher all the folks to the field, even if the water is high enough to soak your boots and the machines sink in the mud. Harald Tuvikene, the head of the farm, keeps dragging his feet, trying to pitch his peasant wisdom vs the senseless demands of the central power. For the first time in his life, Kukemeri faces a true trouble - does he do what's right or does he follow the party's inept commands in order to further his own career? He begins ignoring the party assignments and gets involved with the local village life and the local pioneer activist, a young girl called Liina. Nobody wants to sow before the time is right and Kukemeri gets tangled in the web of white lies to his bosses. But no one can hold anything secret from the Communist party for long.
Description: After a hot and steamy company party, Sibylle and Harald, both in their late thirties, spend the night together. He is a widower with two sons, with the younger son just entering school. She is single and relatively pleased in her actual relationship with a married colleague. When they meet again later, they resolve to enter into a strictly intellectual relationship.
Description: A woman, Zsuzsi Weinstock, survived the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp as a child. The movie documents her storyline while providing a collage of images, most not directly linked to the story.
Description: A middle-aged boy sets out on a symbolic adventure through past, present, and future to learn why an old mate committed suicide, and learns much about his own life along the way.
Description: The movie is a high-concept project with five stories exploring the themes of motherhood and pregnancy, directed by girls filmmakers from five former Yugoslav republics. “Croatian Story” follows an anguished painter who gotta decide whether or not to hold one of her unborn twins, diagnosed with Down syndrome. “Serbian Story” finds an expectant mother in the same emergency room with a charming killer. “Bosnia-Herzegovina Story” centers on a financially strapped Sarajevo family whose son?s lover is pregnant. “Macedonian Story” unfolds in a clinic where a drug addict struggles to hold her baby, and “Slovenian Story” ends the omnibus on a humorous note with a nun who finds her own method to immaculate conception.
Description: Meet Ellen Sheppard, an American living in Britain. Her English husband, Jason Sheppard, has been killed and she's under suspicion despite the appearance of a satisfied marriage. Jason's mate assists Ellen go over the facts to see if they can search the true killer.
Description: Based on a real incident, Innocent is the compelling tale of five disparate lives that become inextricably entangled one cold Chicago morning. Said in real-time, Helix is America's first action crime drama ever to be shoot in one continuous take without any edits. Ashley, a pretty young girl is abducted by two desperate urban youths. A road dweller, witnessing the dramatic events, is torn between becoming involved and remaining silent. Completing the cast of characters is a corrupt cop who too late realizes the devastating implications of his self-serving motives. The non-stop thriller, designed to be both gripping and thought-provoking, taps the themes of individual choice, courage, survival, loss of innocence and redemption.
Description: A godforsaken mountain village is the only home that a young football player, a miser peasant and a fat woman have. This isolated part of the country finds itself in the middle of the referendum for or vs the EU. Our characters couldn't care less - they are absorbed in their problems. The young football user who accidentally killed his mother doesn't wish to join a rich foreign football squad and is willing to risk his father's love because of it. The lonely fat woman is so desperate for a mate and for a lover that she will end up seeking both in the pig-sty. The miser peasant will search out that the true misery is in loneliness.
Description: Flora is a satisfied housewife but suffer a serious accident and loses her husband and gets her face terribly burned. Depressed, she feels herself guilty for the accident, but her sexuality is still on so she hires boys to fulfill her carnal desires. Among them is cynical and ambitious Romeu who makes her do whatever he wants. But by tip of her mate Suzana, she undergoes a plastic surgery and falls in love with her doctor, Romeu who is the lover of Suzana. Romeu and Suzana will do all they can to destroy this love.
Description: An art professor is informed that the husband she thought died ten years before has just been murdered. So she begins to research her husband's secret life in find of the reason he disappeared and who might have killed him.
Description: A young mother, Mildred, doesn't know that her husband Walter is cheating on her. One night she attends a party with a mate of her husband's, and the boy gets drunk and starts groping her when they receive home. Her husband sees this and uses it as an excuse to sue his wife for divorce. In the ensuing trial he wins, due to fraudulent evidence, and gets custody of the child. Complications ensue.
Description: A successful but also hedonist young boy gets afflicted with HIV by accident, eventually being abandoned by everybody around him. He becomes a trouble for society until meeting other unfortunate person like him.
Description: Silent screen sweetheart Corinne Griffith, who originally wanted to retire when talkies came in, proved the wisdom of her earlier decision when she starred in the clunky musical drama Lilies of the Field. Griffith is cast as Mildred Harker, who loses custody of her kid in a messy divorce settlement. Leaving her hometown in disgrace, Mildred heads to Fresh York, where after a ruin course in the school of difficult knocks she joins the chorus of a Ziegfeld-like musical revue. Actually a full-fledged gold-digger, she enjoys the favors of backstage johnnies and elderly sugar daddies, but finally finds real love in the form of Park Avenue socialite Ted Willing (Ralph Forbes). Makeover of 1924 movie of the same name and star.
Description: Three Hours was based on the short storyline Purple and Fine Linen. Corinne Griffith stars as Madeline, the freshly-divorced wife of elderly Jonathan Durkin (Hobart Bosworth). Left penniless by her vengeful husband, Madeline is forced to become a pickpocket to pay for a fresh wardrobe. One of her victims is a Mr. Finlay (John Bowers), who threatens to turn her over to the police -- until he hears Madeline's woeful tale of her cruel, possessive husband. Touched by her sincerity, Finlay pulls strings to wrest Madeline's baby from the clutches of Durkin, then marries the woman himself.
Description: "Long Dark Night" follows the life of the fictional hero Iva Kolar: his experiences as a Croatian University student, his role as a Partisan fighting Hitler's units during W.W. II, his involvement in his nation's post-war government, and his eventual downfall.
Description: The Glembays of Zagreb are a rich family cursed with tragedies and haunted by sinister past. Leone Glembay, a rebelious son of the family patriarch, is becoming disgusted with hypocrisy, perversion and crime that runs in the family.
Description: Sigga and Didi are sisters who lost their mother when very young and were separated. Since then their lives have taken very various paths and their characters have come as various as black and white. When they meet in their twenties the pair take a run through Reykjavik, ripping off drug smugglers and dealers and partying while escaping from the thugs.
Description: The film depicts the political crisis that led to the suicide of president Getúlio Vargas, in the 19 days that preceded August 24, 1954. The crisis began with the attempted assassination of journalist and politician Carlos Lacerda in August 5, 1954, at rua Toneleros, Rio de Janeiro, in which Major Vaz was assassinated instead. Investigations pointed to Gregório Fortunato, chief of Vargas' private guard, as the orderer of the frustrated assassination. This incident was one of the most importants in the history of Brazil.
Description: Simon and Jota are two young scoundrels who hit the road each day to eke out a living. Every one wants what he lacks. Simon cannot stand being surrounded by his huge family all the time. Jota wants to stop leading a lonely life and will do his greatest to have his own family.
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As Vivekananda has said, "The intensest love that humanity has ever known has come from religion, and the most diabolical hatred that humanity has known has come from religion." Both of these elements are show in Xavier Beauvois Of Gods and Men, the storyline of seven Roman Catholic French Trappist monks kidnapped by radical Islamists from their monastery in the village of Tibhirine in Algeria during the 1990s Algerian Civil War. The movie depicts the sacrifices folks of nice will in both religions are willing to create for every other, and that the separation between religions is not an unbridgeable gap.Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2010 Cannes Movie Festival, Of Gods and Boys stars Lambert Wilson as Christian, Prior of the monks, and 79-year-old Michael Lonsdale as a globe weary medic who treats up to 150 Moslem villagers every day. The movie derives its game from the Ebook of Psalms, Psalm 82:6-7 quoted at the beginning of the film: "I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are kids of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes." Filmed in Morocco, the movie shows the everyday life of the Trappist monks before the terrorist threat becomes real.Though a huge part of their day consists of contemplation and devotion, living in close contact with the Muslim population allows them to interact with them in a positive way, healing the sick, selling honey in the nearby markets, and caring for the aged. In addition, everyday chores such as cooking, gardening, loading wood for the fireplace, and cleaning take up a huge part of the day. Later word gets around about the murder of European workers on a construction website by the terrorists and the monks recoil in horror when they learn about the stabbing of a girl riding on a bus by Islamic fundamentalists simply because she was not wearing a veil.The Algerian government asks the monks to leave for their own security but Christian says them that their calling is to serve the folks of the community and he insists on remaining, though he is willing to allow the another monks decide. The trouble becomes suddenly more instant when a group of fundamentalists present up at the monastery on Christmas Eve demanding medicine for their wounded colleagues. Though the request is refused, Christian quotes the Koran to their spokesman Ali Fayattia (Farid Larbi) and they end up shaking hands, though the Prior senses rightly that they will be back.When all accept that they will not abandon the monastery even at the risk of death, the dramatic high mission of the movie is reached when the monks recreate the Last Supper by sitting around a tiny table drinking wine and listening to a recording of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet. As the camera pans from face to face, we can observe a beatific smile on some faces and tears on others, demonstrating an inner poetry and reverence for life. The monks are not Christian moralists but spiritualists confronting the extremes of the human condition, characters who mission the method to overcoming despair.The monks, like the Curé de Torcy in Bernanos' Diary of a Country Priest, love poverty "with a deep, reasoned, lucid love as equal loves equal", expressing the eternal struggle of the spirit to know Christ and to come to terms with his anguish. The heroes of the movie are not saints. They are flesh and blood human beings, full of ambiguity and fear, but never far from compassion and humility, willing to offer us the chance of a globe transformed by grace.
Chris Morris's debut Four Lions (2010) found fame in it's irreverent portrayal of Islamic fundamentalism in Yorkshire: the headlines that accompanied Brass Eye (1997-2001) successfully carried on into a low-key marketing campaign in that debut feature. Beauvois' movie isn't so much a farcical acc of the spiralling contradictions of religious extremism. But it does share its preoccupation with exactly how far one, or rather a tiny community, can go to devote themselves to their beliefs.The movie is located in the 1996 Algerian Civil War, and says the real storyline of a monastery under threat from the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria (GIA). Dom. Christian (Lambert Wilson) takes it upon himself to express their intentions to ignore the threats, and continue their point of goodwill. This is disputed by the group throughout, whose dilemma forces some of them to question their allegiance to God, and jeopardise their own health (as with the outstanding Michael Lonsdale's, Luc). Coping with the sacrifices involved in such an all-consuming faith is key to the themes here ("We're not here for martyrdom" reminds Christian), and it's hard to recall a more delicate, understated study. An perfect example of Beauvois' achievement, both visually and performance-wise, is the kiss Luc territories on the mural of Christ. Moments like this underline the dependency they all share on one thing alone: their religion. It looms over them, both haunting and cradling them throughout, like the vast, unspoiled skylines which constantly diminish them beneath - Caroline Champetier's cinematography is key to the affect created.Tranquil moments like Luc's, where the viewer is allowed in such close, private space, are almost unsettling in the access that's granted. The beauty achieved in these meditative scenes is all the more striking as we're reminded that these boys are nearing the end of their lives. Death is everytime show – from direct representation (as with the brutal throat-slitting of the Croat workers) to the indirect (the technique of cutting from the most tranquil stage to the loudest, most destructive scene).The movie is an anti-thriller in its treatment of fear and terror - the key moment occurs before the half-way point, and the viewer is left fearing for a reprisal for the duration. Beauvois' alternative narrative, featuring a fairly clear split down the middle, also featured in his previous Don't Forget You're Going to Die (1995) and To Mathieu (2000). Similarly, more recently, Mia Hansen-Love's Father of My Kids (2010) involved a number of characters picking up the pieces in the wake of death. French colonialism in Algeria is only once directly attacked, when the police chief demands they leave. However, when viewed in a related light to, say, Hidden (Cache, Michael Haneke, 2005), the occupation these boys choose, the service they provided, the sacrifice they made, should too, easy be forgotten. So while the terrorism fears, today shared globally, are a focal point, a narrative of this type reminds one not to forget the horrors of the past.Of Gods and Boys is testament to a thriving Fresh French Cinema. Thought-provoking, rich in content both (formally and thematically), it's hard to search fault with a movie that so meticulously justifies its choices: the landscape is artwork, the tone is perfect, and the performances are achingly affective throughout.
This movie appealed to me in few ways. I liked the direct, intimate approach in the method it was filmed. It was very refreshing to see hymns used as a large part of the soundtrack, very various as to what you usually hear :) In the cinema where i was watching the film, the average age gotta have been a lot higher than usual, and a several seats away, someone was even quietly singing along with some of the hymns, very bizarre feeling in a cinema!! I liked the fact that they treated the topics of faith and the chance of coexistence of Christianity and Islam, as well as the differences, in a very simple, every-day-life-way. What was fresh to me was the visualization of fraternity. This aspect was a large thing throughout the entire movie. It is one of the things i least understood about priests and monks until now. It was nice to see this feeling i have never personally experienced come alive on the screen and sort of being able to feel it myself. I also liked that they used 'real' folks and not cute Hollywood types, but i suppose that is normal in a production like this. I liked that a lot was left unspoken, unexplained and launch for different interpretations.The scenes i liked greatest was the one where: *the abbot was at a lake to search inspiration for his tough decision. *the 'last supper' with the close-ups of the monks' faces and the ballet melody *the terrorist and the abbot talk about the birth of Jesus *the ending (usually i don't like abrupt and vague endings like these, but in this movie it was bearable and befitting, because in true life it is also still unknown what exactly has happened).
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