30 good films you may not have seen

Mostly contemporary. In no particular order
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1.
The Bothersome Man (2006)
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In a strange city where every person seems content beyond reason a new man arrives in town and stirs up trouble by asking too many questions. (95 mins.)
Director: Jens Lien
 
2.
Red Road (2006)
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Jackie works as a CCTV operator. Each day she watches over a small part of the world, protecting the people living their lives under her gaze. One day a man appears on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a man she never wanted to see again. Now she has no choice, she is compelled to confront him. (113 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
 
3.
Tell No One (2006)
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Police find two bodies at an old murder scene and evidence to suggest the first victim's husband is a murderer. The husband receives clues suggesting his deceased wife is actually alive and begins to investigate. (131 mins.)
Director: Guillaume Canet
 
4.
Cries & Whispers (1972)
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When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface. (91 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
5.
The Way Home (2002)
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Seven-year-old Sang-woo is left with his grandmother in a remote village while his mother looks for work... (80 mins.)
Director: Jeong-hyang Lee
 
6.
Ashes and Snow (2005 Documentary)
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Exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals. (63 mins.)
Director: Gregory Colbert
 
7.
The Aura (2005)
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A deluded taxidermist plans the perfect crime. (134 mins.)
 
8.
Aaltra (2004)
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In this pitch black comedy the rivalry between two neighbors escalates into an all out war. True a maintenance error on a tractor they both end up... (92 mins.)
 
9.
The Square (2008)
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A man's life begins to unravel when his mistress brings him a bag of cash. (105 mins.)
Director: Nash Edgerton
 
10.
The Chaser (2008)
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A cash-strapped pimp and former police detective draws upon the skills of his old job to track down his missing stable of prostitutes. (125 mins.)
Director: Hong-jin Na
 
11.
The Decline of the American Empire (1986)
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Sexual revelations emerge when a group of academics and their partners spend a weekend at a country retreat. (101 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
 
12.
Avellaneda's Moon (2004)
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The story of a social and sports club in a Buenos Aires neighborhood and of those who try to save it from being closed. (143 mins.)
 
13.
Another Woman (1988)
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Facing a mid-life crisis, a woman rents an apartment next to a psychiatrist's office to write a new book, only to become drawn to the plight of a pregnant woman seeking that doctor's help. (81 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
14.
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
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A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works. (100 mins.)
Director: Peter Webber
 
15.
Kikujiro (1999)
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A young, naive boy sets out alone on the road to find his wayward mother. Soon he finds an unlikely protector in a crotchety man and the two have a series of unexpected adventures along the way. (121 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
16.
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
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A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play. (124 mins.)
Director: Charlie Kaufman
 
17.
Thesis (1996)
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While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty... (125 mins.)
 
18.
Timecrimes (2007)
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A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences. (92 mins.)
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
 
19.
Red (2008)
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A reclusive man sets out for justice and redemption when three troublesome teens kill his dog for no good reason. (93 mins.)
 
20.
Sonatine (1993)
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Several yakuza from Tokyo are sent to Okinawa to help end a gang war. The war escalates and the Tokyo drifters decide to lay low at the beach. (94 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
21.
The Savages (2007)
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A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father. (114 mins.)
Director: Tamara Jenkins
 
22.
Stardust Memories (1980)
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While attending a retrospective of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films. (89 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
23.
Grizzly Man (2005 Documentary)
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A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska. (103 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
24.
J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000)
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In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier... (110 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
25.
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
 
26.
C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
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C.R.A.Z.Y. Extraordinary lives of ordinary people in search of love and happiness - that's the premise of "C.R.A.Z.Y", a family drama unlike any other. (127 mins.)
 
27.
The Dinner Game (1998)
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To amuse themselves at a weekly dinner, a few well-heeled folk each bring a dimwit along who is to talk about his pastime... (80 mins.)
Director: Francis Veber
 
28.
Character (1997)
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Jacob Katadreuffe lives mute with his mother, has no contact with his father who only works against him and wants to become a lawyer, at all costs. (122 mins.)
Director: Mike van Diem
 
29.
The Silence (1998)
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Everyday, 10-year old Khorsid takes the bus to his work at an instrument maker's shop and everyday something unexpected happens. (76 mins.)
 
30.
Gauche the Cellist (1982)
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A cellist in a small orchestra receives help from animals to help him practice his music. (60 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata