Cinematic Banquet

A list essentially non- Hollywood yet genuinely entertaining and thought-provoking movies to give that perfect cinematic journey and experience like a great banquet.
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1.
The Celebration (1998)
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At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed. (105 mins.)
“ Latent secrets. ” - jkdreams
 
2.
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.)
“ Preying experiment ” - jkdreams
 
3.
Son of the Bride (2001)
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At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He lives in the shadow of his father, he feels guilty about rarely visiting his aging mother... (123 mins.)
“ Reliving memories ” - jkdreams
 
4.
Sin Nombre (2009)
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A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border. (96 mins.)
“ Journey called life ” - jkdreams
 
5.
Confessions (2010)
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A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death. (106 mins.)
“ Revenge and redemption ” - jkdreams
 
6.
I Saw the Devil (2010)
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A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases. (141 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ Hunting the hunter ” - jkdreams
 
7.
After the Wedding (2006)
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A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret. (120 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
“ Binding truth ” - jkdreams
 
8.
Cell 211 (2009)
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The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal. (113 mins.)
Director: Daniel Monzón
“ Destined ” - jkdreams
 
9.
Elite Squad (2007)
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1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
“ War of the forces ” - jkdreams
 
10.
Dogtooth (2009)
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Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out. (94 mins.)
“ Leashed freedom ” - jkdreams
 
11.
Broken Embraces (2009)
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Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie. (127 mins.)
“ Frames of past ” - jkdreams
 
12.
Gitmek: My Marlon and Brando (2008)
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Three years ago, in real-life, Hama Ali, a charismatic actor from Iraq famous locally for his performance as Iraq's version of Superman... (93 mins.)
Director: Huseyin Karabey
“ Love amid war ” - jkdreams
 
13.
The Barbarian Invasions (2003)
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During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son. (99 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
“ End of the beginning ” - jkdreams
 
14.
Viva Cuba (2005)
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In a tale akin to Romeo and Juliet, the friendship between two children is threatened by their parents' differences... (80 mins.)
“ Confronting hopes ” - jkdreams
 
15.
The Chorus (2004)
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The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively affect the students' lives through music. (97 mins.)
“ Hymns and values ” - jkdreams
 
16.
Flickering Lights (2000)
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Four small-time gangsters from Copenhagen trick a gangster boss: they take over 4,000,000 kroner which they were supposed to bring him... (109 mins.)
“ Igniting hope ” - jkdreams
 
17.
The Memory of a Killer (2003)
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Vincke and Verstuyft are the best detectives of the Antwerp police department. They are confronted with the murder on a leading executive and put all their effort to catch the murderer. (123 mins.)
Director: Erik Van Looy
“ Flashes of memory ” - jkdreams
 
18.
Jar City (2006)
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A murder opens up a bleak trail of long buried secrets and small town corruption for a worn out police detective and his squad. (93 mins.)
“ Crime and criminal ” - jkdreams
 
19.
Kontroll (2003)
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A tale about a strange young man, Bulcsú, the fellow inspectors on his team, all without exception likeable characters, a rival ticket inspection team, and racing along the tracks... And a tale about love. (105 mins.)
Director: Nimród Antal
“ Subway of dreams ” - jkdreams
 
20.
Persona (1966)
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A nurse is put in charge of an actress who can't talk and finds that the actress's persona is melding with hers. (85 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Self reflected ” - jkdreams
 
21.
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
“ Ways of innocence ” - jkdreams
 
22.
Evil (2003)
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Erik is expelled from school for fighting. He ends up at a private boarding school where the senior students control the young ones... (113 mins.)
“ Rules of survival ” - jkdreams
 
23.
101 Reykjavík (2000)
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Thirty-year-old Hlynur still lives with his mother and spends his days drinking, watching porn and surfing... (88 mins.)
“ Hidden emotions ” - jkdreams
 
24.
Revanche (2008)
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Ex-con Alex plans to flee to the South with his girl after a robbery. But something terrible happens and revenge seems inevitable. (121 mins.)
Director: Götz Spielmann
“ Forgiving revenge ” - jkdreams
 
25.
Lantana (2001)
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The relationships of four couples unravel after the discovery of a young woman's body in Lantana bush in suburban Sydney. (121 mins.)
Director: Ray Lawrence
“ Ways of life ” - jkdreams
 
26.
The Wave (2008)
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A high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own. (107 mins.)
Director: Dennis Gansel
“ Revolt and catalyst ” - jkdreams
 
27.
Breathless (2008)
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A bitter loan shark strikes a friendship with a troubled schoolgirl as he faces his own troubled past with his abusive father. (130 mins.)
Director: Ik-joon Yang
“ Vicious ” - jkdreams
 
28.
Fireworks (1997)
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Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions. (103 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
“ Redemption ” - jkdreams
 
29.
The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)
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Will Thomas still lead a life of crime and cruelty, just like his thuggish father, or will he pursue his dream of becoming a pianist? (108 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ Choice and inheritance ” - jkdreams
 
30.
Half Moon (2006)
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Mamo, an old and legendary Kurdish musician living in Iran, plans to give one final concert in Iraqi Kurdistan... (114 mins.)
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
“ Journey to destiny ” - jkdreams
 
31.
Turtles Can Fly (2004)
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Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak (Ebrahim), gauge and await their fate. (98 mins.)
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
“ Preys of war ” - jkdreams
 
32.
Let the Right One In (2008)
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Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ Instinct and love ” - jkdreams
 
33.
The Photograph (2001)
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(66 mins.)
Director: Kazim Öz
“ Me moires of past ” - jkdreams
 
34.
The Return (2003)
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In the Russian wilderness, two brothers face a range of new, conflicting emotions when their father - a man they know only through a single photograph - resurfaces. (105 mins.)
“ Life and void ” - jkdreams
 
35.
Survive Style 5+ (2004)
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Five bizarre stories with no apparent connection to one and other eventually become intertwined, resulting in surreal circumstances. (120 mins.)
Director: Gen Sekiguchi
“ Ways to live ” - jkdreams
 
36.
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
“ War and tarries ” - jkdreams
 
37.
Jesus of Montreal (1989)
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A group of actors put on an unorthodox, but acclaimed Passion Play which incites the opposition of the Catholic Church while the actors' lives themselves begin to mirror the Passion itself. (118 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
“ Living god ” - jkdreams
 
38.
My Life to Live (1962)
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Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution. (80 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ Life and choices ” - jkdreams
 
39.
Red Desert (1964)
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In a bleak rundown industrial area a young woman, Giuliana, tries to cope with life. She's married to... (117 mins.)
“ Grey scaled life ” - jkdreams
 
40.
Thirst (2009)
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Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways. (133 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ Thirst of greed ” - jkdreams
 
41.
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
“ Testing love ” - jkdreams
 
42.
The Vanishing (1988)
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Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor. (107 mins.)
Director: George Sluizer
“ Preying Circumstances ” - jkdreams
 
43.
My Sweet Little Village (1985)
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Comedy about the people who inhabit a small town. For years the overbearing Pavek has endured Otik,... (98 mins.)
Director: Jirí Menzel
“ Sweet tale of lives ” - jkdreams