Must Sees

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Zelary (2003)
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A nurse and her surgeon-lover are part of a resistance movement in 1940s Czechoslovakia. When they are discovered... (150 mins.)
Director: Ondrej Trojan
 
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The Lover (1992)
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In 1929 French Indochina, a French teenage girl embarks on a reckless and forbidden romance with a wealthy, older Chinese man, each knowing that knowledge of their affair will bring drastic consequences to each other. (115 mins.)
 
3.
The White Countess (2005)
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Set in 1930s Shanghai, where a blind American diplomat develops a curious relationship with a young Russian refugee who works odd -- and sometimes illicit -- jobs to support members of her dead husband's aristocratic family. (135 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
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Bread and Tulips (2000)
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After being forgotten in a highway café during a bus trip, a housewife decides to start a new life by herself in Venice. (114 mins.)
Director: Silvio Soldini
 
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The English Patient (1996)
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At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair. (162 mins.)
 
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Three Colors: Blue (1993)
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A woman struggles to find a way to live her life after the death of her husband and child. (98 mins.)
 
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The Painted Veil (2006)
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A British medical doctor fights a cholera epidemic in a small Chinese village, while being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife. (125 mins.)
Director: John Curran
 
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Tess (1979)
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A strong-willed young peasant girl becomes the affection of two men. (186 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
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The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
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A film is being made of a story, set in 19th century England, about Charles, a biologist who's engaged to be married... (124 mins.)
Director: Karel Reisz
 
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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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Amores Perros (2000)
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A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love. (154 mins.)
 
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Into the Wild (2007)
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After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
 
13.
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
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Ben Sanderson, a Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his alcoholism, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera. (111 mins.)
Director: Mike Figgis
 
14.
Orlando (1992)
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Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that... (94 mins.)
Director: Sally Potter
 
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Chariots of Fire (1981)
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Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics. (125 mins.)
Director: Hugh Hudson
 
16.
Babette's Feast (1987)
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During the late 19th century, a strict religious community in a Danish village takes in a French refugee from the Franco-Prussian War as a servant to the late pastor's daughters. (102 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Axel
 
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Monster's Ball (2001)
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After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed. (111 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
 
18.
Dear Frankie (2004)
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After having responded to her son's numerous letters in the guise of his father, a woman hires a stranger to pose as his dad when meeting him. (105 mins.)
Director: Shona Auerbach