The Best Films You've Never Heard of but Need to Watch

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1.
Restless (2011)
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The story of a terminally ill teenage girl who falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII. (91 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ By far one of the most beautiful clean films I've ever watched. Focused purely around our fear of death but the beauty we can find within it.

This film could not have been any better.

I give it 9/10 ” - ws-morrison
 
2.
Loving Annabelle (2006)
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Annabelle is the wise-beyond-her-years newcomer to an exclusive Catholic girls school. Having been expelled... (76 mins.)
“ This film shows how poetic, beautiful, and naive love can be. It shows us that even as adults that beautiful innocent childish love still exists within us.

I gave it 8/10 ” - ws-morrison
 
3.
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
“ There isn't much to say. A beautiful story full of beautiful music it is your modern day musical.

8/10 ” - ws-morrison
 
4.
House of D (2004)
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By working through problems stemming from his past, Tom Warshaw, an American artist living in Paris, begins to discover who he really is, and returns to his home to reconcile with his family and friends. (97 mins.)
Director: David Duchovny
“ This is a beautiful movie that shows so many levels of companionship, fear, and love. We learn the importance of our actions in this film from both a direct and non-direct view.

I gave this Film 8/10 ” - ws-morrison
 
5.
Poison Friends (2006)
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A group of college students are duped by a charming pathological liar (100 mins.)
“ I loved this film for many reasons. One I love the fact that the story is focused around a bunch of college students that all want to write and I love the Andre has such a strong understanding of literature and what it takes to become a writer. This is one of my all time favorite Foreign films.

I gave it. 8/10 ” - ws-morrison
 
6.
Silk (2007)
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The story of a married silkworm merchant-turned-smuggler in 19th century France traveling to Japan for his town's supply of silkworms after a disease wipes out their African supply. During his stay in Japan, he becomes obsessed with the concubine of a local baron. (107 mins.)
“ I loved the beauty of this film. The exotic areas that were filmed and bringing the simple poetic culture of Feudal Japan to life.

8/10 ” - ws-morrison
 
7.
The History Boys (2006)
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An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their headmaster pushes for them all to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge. (109 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
“ Because of the deeply rooted homosexual language and content of the film it is not for everyone but the brilliance demonstrated and the understanding of relationships between adolescent males was remarkable.

8/10 ” - ws-morrison
 
8.
All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)
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The problematic lives of teenager students for whom the singer Lily Chou-Chou's dreamy music is the only way to escape an alienating, violent and insensitive society. (146 mins.)
Director: Shunji Iwai
“ If you enjoy Japanese films this is one you want to watch. A great example of Japanese culture.

8/10 ” - ws-morrison
 
9.
Like Crazy (2011)
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A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa. (90 mins.)
Director: Drake Doremus
“ What a beautiful and realistic love story. Felicity Jones is amazing and the story itself is something you can feel is true.

8/10 ” - ws-morrison
 
10.
Melancholia (2011)
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Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. (130 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
“ Let's face it. This film is odd. It's different and beautiful at the same time. The acting is suburb and the effects are just right for the film. It was filmed brilliantly and the more you watch it the more it grows on you.

8/10 ” - ws-morrison
 
11.
The Pianist (2002)
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A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Both beautiful, terrifying, and sad. This film based on a true story of one of the greatest pianist during the golden age era and his experience as a Jew during WWII is one of most ground breaking films of the WWII genre I've seen.

7/10 ” - ws-morrison
 
12.
Dedication (2007)
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The romantic comedy follows a misogynistic children's book author who is forced to work closely with a female illustrator instead of his long-time collaborator and only friend. (95 mins.)
Director: Justin Theroux
“ A surprisingly good film that adds humor in with our sensitivities we have as people. This film shows how sometimes we can build barriers that aren't necessary in our life and how easily we can overcome our fears when in love.

I gave it 7/10 ” - ws-morrison
 
13.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures. (139 mins.)
“ In late 1950's New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent There isn't much to say. An intriguing story full of great acting and suspense.

7/10 ” - ws-morrison
 
14.
Sylvia (2003)
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Story of the relationship between the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. (110 mins.)
Director: Christine Jeffs
“ Beautiful story and settings. It is one of the most remarkable art films I've had the privilege to watch.

7/10 ” - ws-morrison
 
15.
The Last Station (2009)
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A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Hoffman
“ A novel to film adaptation about Leo Tolstoy. I love the entanglement of the film and the natural poetic nature. It is a beautiful story to be told.

7/10 ” - ws-morrison
 
16.
My Summer of Love (2004)
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In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona meets the exotic, pampered Tamsin. Over the summer season, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together. (86 mins.)
“ I love the beauty and exotic nature of the movie. The raw emotion and frustration of feeling separated from the world while experiencing puberty was shown perfectly.

7/10 ” - ws-morrison
 
17.
Franklyn (2008)
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A portrait of the broken lives of four people (a vigilante detective, a worried parent, an awkward man looking for love and a suicidal artist) as they all struggle to cope in their religiously-dystopian city. (98 mins.)
Director: Gerald McMorrow
“ A dark mind bender that takes you through the lives of three individuals all living in an entirely different world though living in the same city at the same time.

7/10 ” - ws-morrison
 
18.
Mozart and the Whale (2005)
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A love story between two savants with Asperger's syndrome, a kind of autism, whose conditions sabotage their budding relationship. (94 mins.)
Director: Petter Næss
“ If you are fond of dysfunctional relationships this is your film. Never could two people be worse for one another but at the same time be so perfect.

6/10 ” - ws-morrison
 
19.
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
“ I didn't know what to make of this film when I first saw it and I'm still not sure. It's beautifully filmed and the prose is a bit odd. I loved the feel of the film immediately.

6/10 ” - ws-morrison
 
20.
Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)
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Hannah is a recent college graduate interning at a Chicago production company. She is crushing on two writers at work... (83 mins.)
Director: Joe Swanberg
“ I found this film quirky but I liked that. I liked how corny the romances were and I felt it reminded me a bit of people I actually knew.

I gave this film 6/10 ” - ws-morrison