Helena Ylänen's Five Star Movies

A list of all the films Finnish film critic Helena Ylänen gave five stars between 1995–2004 while she was writing film reviews for the weekly supplement of Helsingin Sanomat newspaper. Taken from her book "Sata parasta elokuvaa".
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1.
American Beauty (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
 
2.
The Scar (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
1970. After discussions and dishonest negotiations, a decision is taken as to where a large new chemical factory is to be built and Bednarz... (112 mins.)
 
3.
Badding (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The life of Rauli "Badding" Somerjoki, a Finnish singer. (103 mins.)
 
4.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich. (112 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
 
5.
Bound (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caesar. (108 mins.)
 
6.
Casino (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two mobster best friends and a trophy wife over a gambling empire. (178 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
7.
Central Station (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew. (113 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
8.
Chungking Express (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents. (102 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
9.
Clueless (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil's popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way. (97 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
 
10.
Collateral (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
11.
David: Stories of Honour and Shame (1997 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Documentary about Finnish Jews during WWII and their unique position as German allies. (94 mins.)
Director: Taru Mäkelä
 
12.
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film. (140 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
 
13.
Elephant (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent. (81 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
14.
As Good as It Gets (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery. (139 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
 
15.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him. (159 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
16.
Fargo (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. (98 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
17.
Gangs of New York (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer. (167 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
18.
Get Shorty (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A mobster travels to Hollywood to collect a debt and discovers that the movie business is much the same as his current job. (105 mins.)
 
19.
Haaveiden kehä (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(85 mins.)
Director: Matti Ijäs
 
20.
Hamsun (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Norwegian Nobel Laureate Knut Hamsun's controversial support for the Nazi regime during WW2 and its consequences for the Hamsun family after the war. (159 mins.)
Director: Jan Troell
 
21.
Fireworks (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
 
22.
Happy Together (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong and take to the road for a holiday. Something is wrong and their relationship goes adrift... (96 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
23.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
 
24.
The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s. (135 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
25.
Bad Education (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends. (106 mins.)
 
26.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (153 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
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27.
In the Mood for Love (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs. (98 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
28.
India Song (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Poetical tale of Anne-Marie Stretter, the wife of a French diplomat in India in the 1930s. At 18 she... (120 mins.)
 
29.
Humanité (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When an 11-year-old girl is brutally raped and murdered in a quiet French village, a police detective who has forgotten how to feel emotions--because of the death of his own family in some kind of accident--investigates the crime, which turns out to ask more questions than it answers. (148 mins.)
Director: Bruno Dumont
 
30.
Intimacy (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A failed London musician meets once a week with a woman for a series of intense sexual encounters to get away from the realities of life. But when he begins inquiring about her, it puts their relationship at risk. (119 mins.)
 
31.
Law of Desire (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A film maker's sexual disorientation jeopardizes his latest project. (102 mins.)
Director: Pedro Almodovar
 
32.
Irma Vep (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A Chinese movie actress, in France to star in a remake of "Les Vampires", finds petty intrigues and clashing egos on the set. (99 mins.)
Director: Olivier Assayas
 
33.
Jackie Brown (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life. (154 mins.)
 
34.
The Christmas Party (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Mike is getting out of prison after serving four years for a bank robbery. Bona is arranging the party of all parties for him: a Christmas party. (84 mins.)
Director: Jari Halonen
 
35.
Juha (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A farmer's wife is seduced into running away from her stolid older husband by a city slicker, who enslaves her in a brothel. (78 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
36.
The Ice Storm (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
1973, suburban New Canaan, Connecticut: middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control. (112 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
37.
(1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
 
38.
All About My Mother (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela. (101 mins.)
 
39.
2046 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The women who enter a science fiction author's life, over the course of a few years, after the author loses the woman he considers his one true love. (129 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
40.
Kansas City (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Robert Altman's jazz-scored film explores themes of love, crime, race, and politics in 1930s Kansas City... (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
41.
Drifting Clouds (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The recession hits a couple in Helsinki. (96 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
42.
Far from Heaven (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world. (107 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
 
43.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle. (137 mins.)
 
44.
The Killer (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss. (111 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
45.
Taste of Cherry (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An Iranian man drives his truck in search of someone who will quietly bury him under a cherry tree after he commits suicide. (95 mins.)
 
46.
La Cérémonie (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The upper-class owner of a gallery, Catherine Lelievre, hires the efficient and quiet maid Sophie to... (112 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
47.
Klassikko (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A self-loving fictional autobiography of author Kari Hotakainen (80 mins.)
 
48.
Dog Nail Clipper (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Bright young soldier Mertsi suffers a permanent brain injury in the Second World War. In the late 1940s... (105 mins.)
 
49.
Three Kings (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, 4 soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help. (114 mins.)
 
50.
Late August, Early September (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A story about the transition from late youth to early maturity, the film follows several friends and... (112 mins.)
Director: Olivier Assayas
 
51.
Producing Adults (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Longtime couple Venla and Antero come to a serious impasse. After years with Antero, Venla wants to start a family... (102 mins.)
 
52.
The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A partially idealized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people. (129 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
53.
Lone Star (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town. (135 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
 
54.
Looking for Richard (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III." (112 mins.)
Director: Al Pacino
 
55.
Lost in Translation (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. (101 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
 
56.
Earth (2001 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Documentary following the changes in Finnish countryside and agriculture. Especially the effects of... (140 mins.)
Director: Veikko Aaltonen
 
57.
Magnolia (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. (188 mins.)
 
58.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America. (138 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
59.
Melancholian 3 huonetta (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A searing examination of the unrelenting Chechen conflict, observed through the prisms of a Russian military boys academy, a war-torn town and a children's refugee camp. (106 mins.)
Director: Pirjo Honkasalo
 
60.
Va Savoir (Who Knows?) (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Quick-witted, well-read cultured types revolve around each other in a delightful potpourri of theatre, romanticism and theft. (154 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
61.
I'm Going Home (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The comfortable daily routines of aging Parisian actor Gilbert Valence, 76, are suddenly shaken when he learns that his wife... (90 mins.)
 
62.
Mystic River (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy. (138 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
63.
The Man Without a Past (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki... (97 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
64.
The Million Dollar Hotel (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Tragi-comic, romantic whodunnit set in a run down hotel which plays host to mentally ill people too poor to afford medical insurance. (122 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
65.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources. (127 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
 
66.
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality. (147 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
67.
The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An American girl inherits a fortune and falls into a misguided relationship with a gentleman confidence artist whose true nature, including a barbed and covetous disposition, turns her life into a nightmare. (144 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
 
68.
Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When Nelly, a woman being just divorced, meets by chance M. Arnaud, a mature salesman just retired,... (106 mins.)
Director: Claude Sautet
 
69.
Nixon (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A biographical story of former U.S. president Richard Milhous Nixon, from his days as a young boy to his eventual presidency which ended in shame. (192 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
70.
Young Adam (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young drifter working on a river barge disrupts his employers' lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits. (98 mins.)
Director: David Mackenzie
 
71.
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Danny Ocean and his eleven accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. (116 mins.)
 
72.
Happiness (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. (134 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
 
73.
Touch of Evil (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town. (95 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
74.
The Silences of the Palace (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
As she grows up, Alia (the daughter of housemaid Khedija) learns the secrets of the peaceful palace where she and her mother live. (127 mins.)
Director: Moufida Tlatli
 
75.
Pelikaanimies (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Wanting to know the ways of people, a pelican turns into a gawky young man who soon learns to speak... (90 mins.)
Director: Liisa Helminen
 
76.
The Piano Teacher (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher. (131 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
77.
Beyond the Clouds (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Made of four short tales, linked by a story filmed by Wim Wenders. Taking place in Ferrara, Portofino... (112 mins.)
 
78.
Talk to Her (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas. (112 mins.)
 
79.
The Red Squirrel (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Jota is about to commit suicide. As he fighting against himself, trying to jump off a bridge, a girl riding a motorcycle falls off the bridge... (114 mins.)
Director: Julio Medem
 
80.
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist. (140 mins.)
 
81.
Absolute Power (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.S. President. (121 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
82.
Kiss Me in the Rain (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Middle-aged Maire's husband spends most of his time abroad on business. Alone in their large house,... (101 mins.)
Director: Veikko Aaltonen
 
83.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
 
84.
Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation, where he accidentally (but good-naturedly) causes havoc. (114 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
 
85.
Ambush (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Set during the World War 2. In the summer of 1941 the Finnish army crosses the border of Russia. A platoon led by Lt... (123 mins.)
Director: Olli Saarela
 
86.
Seven Samurai (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
87.
Smoke (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A Brooklyn smoke shop is the center of neighborhood activity, and the stories of its customers. (112 mins.)
Director: Wayne Wang
 
88.
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara. (107 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
89.
Sokkotanssi (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two 9-year-old boys, Jontti and Länki, grow up in a Finnish seaside town in the 1960s. Länki's biggest... (90 mins.)
Director: Matti Ijäs
 
90.
Taboo (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The new member of a samurai militia unit causes disruption as several of his colleagues fall in love with him, threatening to disturb the rigid code of their squad. (100 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
91.
Rear Window (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (112 mins.)
 
92.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A meek Hobbit and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the One Ring and the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
93.
Earth (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Angel, an exterminator recently released from a mental hospital, comes to rid a small Spanish town of tiny grubs in the soil... (125 mins.)
Director: Julio Medem
 
94.
Touch (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
When Juvenal, a presumed miracle worker, appears on the scene Bill Hill attempts to exploit him but... (96 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
95.
Traffic (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business. (147 mins.)
 
96.
Fire-Eater (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The twin sisters Helena and Irene are born in Helsinki during World War II. A few months later their mother... (100 mins.)
Director: Pirjo Honkasalo
 
97.
It All Starts Today (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Daniel is schoolmaster of a kindergarten in a small French town. The local economy, which depended entirely on coal production... (117 mins.)
 
98.
Quince Tree of the Sun (1992 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The artist, Antonio Lopez, tries to paint the quince tree he planted some time back in his garden. Throughout his life... (133 mins.)
Director: Victor Erice
 
99.
Wag the Dog (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a presidential sex scandal. (97 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
100.
Vares: Private Eye (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
On the trail of a woman, Vares finds himself caught up with underworld characters who are on the trail of hidden millions. (95 mins.)
Director: Aleksi Mäkelä