The best foreign films (not including Hollywood)

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1.
Amélie (2001)
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Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
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2.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
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In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
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3.
The Artist (2011)
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A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
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4.
A Very Long Engagement (2004)
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Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One. (133 mins.)
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5.
Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
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Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Estonia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life. (109 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
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6.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
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When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
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7.
The Machinist (2004)
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An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity. (101 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
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8.
Mr. Nobody (2009)
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A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible. (141 mins.)
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9.
Cashback (2006)
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After a painful breakup, Ben develops insomnia. To kill time, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket, where his artistic imagination runs wild. (102 mins.)
Director: Sean Ellis
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10.
Delicatessen (1991)
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Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants. (99 mins.)
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11.
Love Me If You Dare (2003)
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As adults, best friends Julien and Sophie continue the odd game they started as children -- a fearless competition to outdo one another with daring and outrageous stunts. While they often act out to relieve one another's pain, their game might be a way to avoid the fact that they are truly meant for one another. (93 mins.)
Director: Yann Samuell
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12.
The City of Lost Children (1995)
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A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process. (112 mins.)
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13.
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
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A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem. (119 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
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14.
The Intouchables (2011)
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After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (112 mins.)
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15.
The Science of Sleep (2006)
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A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world. (105 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
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16.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
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A young and truth seeking boy travels to an isolated lake, where an old Buddhist master lives on a small floating temple. (103 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
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17.
Léon: The Professional (1994)
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Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade. (110 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
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18.
The Dreamers (2003)
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A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots. (115 mins.)
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19.
Micmacs (2009)
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A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers. (105 mins.)
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20.
Mary and Max (2009)
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A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. (92 mins.)
Director: Adam Elliot
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21.
Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley (1998)
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José Luis Torrente, a former policeman fights against the oriental mafia in Madrid. (97 mins.)
Director: Santiago Segura
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22.
Hero (2002)
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A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors. (99 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
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23.
The Orphanage (2007)
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A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend. (105 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
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24.
The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
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A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s. (150 mins.)
Director: Uli Edel
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25.
Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
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In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared. (121 mins.)
Director: Wolfgang Becker
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26.
City of God (2002)
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Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
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27.
The Impossible (2012)
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The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. (114 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
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28.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
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Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
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29.
Open Your Eyes (1997)
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A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured. (117 mins.)
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30.
Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
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During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself. (111 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
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31.
Run Lola Run (1998)
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After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks. (81 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
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32.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
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The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed. (112 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
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33.
Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
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In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other. (106 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
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34.
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
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A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania. (113 mins.)
Director: Cristian Mungiu
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35.
Devdas (2002)
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After his wealthy family prohibits him from marrying the woman he is in love with, Devdas Mukherjee's life spirals further and further out of control as he takes up alcohol and a life of vice to numb the pain. (185 mins.)
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36.
Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Documentary)
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Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez. (86 mins.)
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37.
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
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A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist. (155 mins.)
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38.
The Lives of Others (2006)
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In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. (137 mins.)
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39.
The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
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Two parallel stories about two identical women; one living in Poland, the other in France. They don't know each other, but their lives are nevertheless profoundly connected. (98 mins.)
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40.
Show Me Love (1998)
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Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin. (89 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
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41.
The Trap (2007)
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"THE TRAP" is a modern film noir reflecting the true face of Serbian (Eastern European) 'society in transition.' It's a story that could happen to you... (106 mins.)
Director: Srdan Golubovic
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42.
A Town Called Panic (2009)
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Animated plastic toys like Cowboy, Indian and Horse have problems, too. Cowboy and Indian's plan to... (75 mins.)
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43.
The Experiment (2001)
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For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence. (120 mins.)
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44.
Enter the Void (2009)
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A U.S. drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection. (161 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
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45.
Irreversible (2002)
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Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. (97 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
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46.
Torrente 2: Mission in Marbella (2001)
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Torrente has now moved to Marbella, where, after being wiped out of the money he had gained, has returned to private investigation. But in one of his cases he gets involved in the middle of a villain's missile plot to destroy the city and his own uncle's blackmail operation... and he knows nothing. (99 mins.)
Director: Santiago Segura
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47.
Torrente 3: El protector (2005)
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The horrendous spanish detective becomes a bodyward in his new third adventure. (91 mins.)
Director: Santiago Segura
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48.
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
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In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf. (99 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chow
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49.
No Man's Land (2001)
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Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1993 at the time of the heaviest fighting between the two warring sides. Two soldiers from opposing sides in the conflict, Nino and Ciki, become trapped in no man's land, whilst a third soldier becomes a living booby trap. (98 mins.)
Director: Danis Tanovic
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50.
Jamón, Jamón (1992)
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Jose Luis is an executive at his parents underwear factory where his girlfriend Sylvia works on the shop floor... (95 mins.)
Director: Bigas Luna
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51.
A Short Film About Love (1988)
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An innocent virgin spies on his frontal neighbor and falls in love with her, thus starts using tricks on her which he hopes will lead to them meeting. (86 mins.)
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52.
Caché (2005)
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A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch. (117 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
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53.
Soul Kitchen (2009)
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In Hamburg, German-Greek chef Zinos unknowingly disturbs the peace in his locals-only restaurant by hiring a more talented chef. (99 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
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54.
Once (2007)
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A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story. (85 mins.)
Director: John Carney
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55.
A Short Film About Killing (1988)
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The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless... (84 mins.)
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56.
In July (2000)
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Can Daniel follow the sun from Hamburg to the Bosporus by Friday to meet his love? (99 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
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57.
Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
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At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed. (94 mins.)
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58.
Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
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The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1. (113 mins.)
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59.
Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)
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The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine. (133 mins.)
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60.
The Guard (2011)
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An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is partnered with an up-tight F.B.I. agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring. (96 mins.)
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61.
The Skin I Live In (2011)
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A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession. (120 mins.)
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62.
Head-On (2004)
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In 'Gegen die Wand' Cahit, a 40-something male from Mersin in Turkey has removed everything Turkish from his life... (121 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
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63.
Cirkus Columbia (2010)
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A story set in the former Yugoslavia and centered on a guy who returns to Herzegovina from Germany with plenty of cash and hopes for a good new life. (113 mins.)
Director: Danis Tanovic
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64.
OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009)
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Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, aka OSS 117, is the French spy considered by his superiors to be the best in the business... (101 mins.)
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65.
OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)
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Secret agent OSS 117 foils Nazis, beds local beauties, and brings peace to the Middle East. (99 mins.)
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66.
Taxi (1998)
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To work off his tarnished driving record, a hip taxi driver must chauffeur a loser police inspector on the trail of German bank robbers. (86 mins.)
Director: Gérard Pirès
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67.
Heartbreaker (2010)
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Alex and his sister run a business designed to break up relationships. They are hired by a rich man to break up the wedding of his daughter. The only problem is that they only have one week to do so. (105 mins.)
Director: Pascal Chaumeil
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68.
Innocence (2004)
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A look inside an offbeat boarding school for young girls. (122 mins.)
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