Films I Saw at TIFF

A compilation of films I first saw at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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1.
Murder in Pacot (2014)
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After the terrible January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, a privileged couple struggles to reinvent a life... (130 mins.)
Director: Raoul Peck
 
2.
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)
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Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, embark on a tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy that unfold in a series of absurdist episodes. (101 mins.)
Director: Roy Andersson
 
3.
Goodbye to Language (2014)
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The idea is simple: A married woman and a single man meet. They love, they argue, fists fly. A dog strays between town and country... (70 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
4.
Pasolini (2014)
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A kaleidoscopic look at the last day of Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini in 1975. (84 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
 
5.
Leviathan (2014)
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In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family. (140 mins.)
 
6.
Leopardi (2014)
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Based upon the short but fruitful life of illness-racked Italian poet and philosopher Giacomo Leopardi. (143 mins.)
Director: Mario Martone
 
7.
Ned Rifle (2014)
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Henry and Fay's son Ned sets out to find and kill his father for destroying his mother's life. But his aims are frustrated by the troublesome Susan, whose connection to Henry predates even his arrival in the lives of the Grim family. (85 mins.)
Director: Hal Hartley
 
8.
Pride (2014)
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U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. (119 mins.)
Director: Matthew Warchus
 
9.
The Double (2013)
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A clerk in a government agency finds his unenviable life takes a turn for the horrific with the arrival of a new co-worker who is both his exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and seductive with women. (93 mins.)
Director: Richard Ayoade
 
10.
Avenged (2013)
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An undercover cop risks his career (and life) to settle a score. (101 mins.)
Director: Donovan Marsh
 
11.
Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013)
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A drama based on Jimi Hendrix's life as he left New York City for London, where his career took off. (118 mins.)
Director: John Ridley
 
12.
Metalhead (2013)
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A girl is caught between the life that took her brother and her own inability to strike out on her own. In her grief, she finds solace in the dark music of Black Metal and dreams of becoming a rock star. (97 mins.)
Director: Ragnar Bragason
 
13.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him (2013)
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Told from the male perspective, the story of a couple trying to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. (89 mins.)
Director: Ned Benson
 
14.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (2013)
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Told from the female perspective, the story of a couple trying to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. (100 mins.)
Director: Ned Benson
 
15.
The Dinner (2013)
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Two well-to-do couples with plenty to lose have dinner to discuss the gruesome act their teenage sons may or may not have committed together. (88 mins.)
Director: Menno Meyjes
 
16.
Night Moves (2013)
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Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam. (112 mins.)
Director: Kelly Reichardt
 
17.
Cristo Rey (2013)
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In a poor shantytown of Santo Domingo, Haitians and Dominicans struggle amidst a complex social and political context... (96 mins.)
Director: Leticia Tonos
 
18.
Rags & Tatters (2013)
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In one of the most extraordinary nights in the history of Egypt, the prisons were suddenly opened, leaving thousands of prisoners wandering the desert... (87 mins.)
Director: Ahmad Abdalla
 
19.
The Great Beauty (2013)
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Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (141 mins.)
 
20.
Hotel (2013)
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Erika has it all: a good job, lots of friends and a secure relationship. Until the day it all falls apart... (97 mins.)
Director: Lisa Langseth
 
21.
Like Father, Like Son (2013)
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Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own. (121 mins.)
 
22.
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
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A depressed musician reunites with his lover, though their romance - which has already endured several centuries - is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister. (123 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
23.
Key of Life (2012)
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A failed actor switches identities with a stranger at a bath house thinking it is his way out of his life of misery but only to find himself filling the shoes of an elite assassin. (128 mins.)
Director: Kenji Uchida
 
24.
Artifact (2012 Documentary)
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Telling harsh truths about the modern music business, this riveting and award-winning documentary gives... (103 mins.)
 
25.
Arthur Newman (2012)
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A story of a man who fakes his own death and assumes a new identity in order to escape his life, who then moves in with a woman who is also trying to leave her past behind. (93 mins.)
Director: Dante Ariola
 
26.
Smashed (2012)
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A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober. (81 mins.)
Director: James Ponsoldt
 
27.
Kon-Tiki (2012)
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Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. (118 mins.)
 
28.
It Was the Son (2012)
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Palermo in the 1970s. The Ciraulos are modest scrap dealers whose uneventful lives are turned upside... (93 mins.)
Director: Daniele Ciprì
 
29.
No (2012)
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An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum. (118 mins.)
Director: Pablo Larraín
 
30.
How to Make Money Selling Drugs (2012 Documentary)
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Ten easy steps show you how to make money from drugs, featuring a series of interviews with drug dealers, prison employees, and lobbyists arguing for tougher drug laws. (96 mins.)
Director: Matthew Cooke
 
31.
Frances Ha (2012)
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A story that follows as a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment) apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer) and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility dwindles. (86 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
 
32.
Reality (2012)
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Luciano is a charming fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on a reality show leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. (116 mins.)
Director: Matteo Garrone
 
33.
La guerra dei vulcani (2012 Documentary)
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(52 mins.)
 
34.
The Awakening (2011)
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In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves. (102 mins.)
Director: Nick Murphy
 
35.
Terraferma (2011)
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A Sicilian family deals with the arrival of a group of immigrants on their island. (88 mins.)
 
36.
I Wish (2011)
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Twelve-year-old Koichi, who has been separated from his brother Ryunosuke due to his parents' divorce, hears a rumor that the new bullet trains will precipitate a wish-granting miracle when they pass each other at top speed. (128 mins.)
 
37.
The Kid with a Bike (2011)
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Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends. (84 mins.)
 
38.
Marimbas from Hell (2010 Documentary)
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Don Alfonso is a deliveryman. He also plays marimbas, the traditional Guatemalan instrument. He is used... (74 mins.)
 
39.
Submarine (2010)
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15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life. (97 mins.)
Director: Richard Ayoade
 
40.
The First Grader (2010)
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The story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau veteran who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford. (103 mins.)
Director: Justin Chadwick
 
41.
Oki's Movie (2010)
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A love story between a middle-aged professor, a young student who prepares a movie and a student/film-maker who drinks too much. (80 mins.)
Director: Sang-soo Hong
 
42.
Precious (2009)
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In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. (110 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
 
43.
How to Fold a Flag (2009 Documentary)
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Follows U.S. soldiers as they create new lives post Iraq from a Congressional candidate in Buffalo to a cage fighter in Louisiana, set against the backdrop of the 2008 election. (85 mins.)
 
44.
A Serious Man (2009)
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Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking. (106 mins.)
 
45.
The Wind Journeys (2009)
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A musician travels a great distance to return an instrument to his elderly teacher. (117 mins.)
Director: Ciro Guerra
 
46.
Air Doll (2009)
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A life-size blow-up doll develops a soul and falls in love with a video store clerk. (125 mins.)
 
47.
Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)
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A revolver-wielding stranger crosses paths with two warring clans who are both on the hunt for a hidden treasure in a remote western town... (121 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
48.
A Gentle Breeze in the Village (2007)
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In "A Gentle Breeze in the Village," Soyo Migata (Kaho) is a quirky 8th grade student who resides in a tiny rural village somewhere in Japan... (121 mins.)
 
49.
Gone with the Woman (2007)
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A woman moves into a young man's home and starts to run his life -- a process that makes him fall hopelessly in love with her. (90 mins.)
Director: Petter Næss
 
50.
Dinner with the President: A Nation's Journey (2007 Documentary)
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From on-the-street interviews to audiences with religious leaders to dinner with the President of Pakistan, the film takes the temperature of a culture on issues from politics to women's rights. (80 mins.)
 
51.
Please Vote for Me (2007 Documentary)
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Democracy in China exists, that is, in a primary school in Wuhan where a grade 3 class can vote who they want as class monitor. (58 mins.)
Director: Weijun Chen
 
52.
Drawing Restraint 9 (2005)
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The film concerns the theme of self-imposed limitation and continues Matthew Barney's interest in religious rite, this time focusing on Shinto. (135 mins.)
Director: Matthew Barney