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The Blue Room

Mathieu Amalric, director

(In French, with English subtitles)

Julien and Esther are having a torrid affair, which may or may not wreck their marriages, but no matter.  This moment of passion is the world to the two lovers.  In the relationship, Esther seems the stronger – more forceful,...

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Farewell Herr Schwarz

Yael Reuveny, director

(In Hebrew and German, with English subtitles)

In this documentary, Yael Reuveny navigates a dark period of her family’s past to uncover a mystery from her grandmother’s generation.  In Vilna, during World War II, young Michla, Reuveny’s grandmother, and her family...

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Human Capital

Paolo Virzì, director

(In Italian, with English subtitles)

This is a story that focuses on a social climber, a man both hopeful and hapless – a bad combination.  Dino’s daughter happens to be the girlfriend of Massimiliano, the son of the very wealthy financier Giovanni.  Dino...

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Kaboul Kitchen: Season 1

Jean-Patrick Benes, director · MHz Newtorks
Pages: 3

(In French, with English subtitles)

This just plain silly TV series involves one of the more improbable plots, spinning out over twelve episodes (more if HCPL owned season two).  Jacky owns a restaurant in Kabul in 2005, in the midst of conflict and recovery in that troubled...

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Il Posto (The Criterion Collection)

Ermanno Olmi, director

(In Italian, with English subtitles)

Made in the style of Neorealism, this lean, older film takes a look at the world of everyday work.  Domenico applies for an office job in a big company in Milan.  He’s young and has had to forego his education because of economic...

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Snow Girl and The Dark Crystal

Peter Pau and Tianyu Zhao, directors · Well Go USA
Pages: 1

(In Mandarin, with English subtitles)

Zhong Kui has a huge task ahead of him in this Chinese action/fantasy film. He needs to save his land as well as the woman he loves.  Bestowed with super powers, he finds himself battling demons, dragons, whole armies, and a woman who just...

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The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe

Yves Robert, director · Film Movement
Pages: 1

(In French, with English subtitles)

When I first saw this older film, well over thirty years ago, I thought it was hilarious.  Would its re-release reveal a movie just as funny?  It is a bit dated, and you may find some of the humor strained, but it remains a solid...

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Deux jours, une nuit

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, directors · Criterion Collection (Direct)
Pages: 2

(In French, with English subtitles)

What would it be like if your job security depended on your co-workers and colleagues?   What humiliation would you feel?  What would you do to save your job if you needed to do so?  Sandra discovers first-hand what this...

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Unit One: Series 1

Niels Arden Oplev, director · MHz Networks
Pages: 4

(In Danish, with English subtitles)

I wondered why this Danish TV police procedural series seemed different.  For one, the victims were not always women murdered in some gruesome way, which seems to be an essential characteristic of Scandinavian mysteries (a lot of American...

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