2013 Films

The ones I've seen in order of preference from most to least favourite.
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1.
The Missing Picture (2013 Documentary)
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Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979. (92 mins.)
Director: Rithy Panh
“ This is a very special film made using minature carvings. The rating and user reviews on IMDb do not do the film justice.

10/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
2.
We Are the Best! (2013)
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Three girls in 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band -- despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead. (102 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
“ This IS the best from Moodysson to date. I loved this and will buy it on dvd to watch again and again. Hate the sport! :D

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
3.
Only God Forgives (2013)
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Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death. (90 mins.)
“ Holy moly, this was fantastic! Love. love, love it!

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
4.
A Field in England (2013)
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Amid the Civil War in 17th-century England, a group of deserters flee from battle through an overgrown field. Captured by an alchemist, the men are forced to help him search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. (90 mins.)
Director: Ben Wheatley
“ Weird and wonderful film with terrific atmosphere and soundtrack.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
5.
La Maison de la radio (2013 Documentary)
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Twenty-four hours in the life of Radio France, from one dawn to another. Along its corridors, inside its recording studios... (104 mins.)
“ Witty and thoughtful documentary following the staff and guests over a 24-hour period in the life of Radio France.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
6.
The Selfish Giant (2013)
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Two thirteen year-old working-class friends in Bradford seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal. (91 mins.)
Director: Clio Barnard
“ Gritty and fabulous.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
7.
For a Woman (2013)
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The story of the marriage between Michel and Lena, as told by their daughter Anne, with reflections on the mystery of abiding love. (110 mins.)
Director: Diane Kurys
“ Finally got to see the film on dvd. It didn't receive any distribution in the UK, not even at the French Institute! I love the film for many reasons and it's beautifully shot featuring two of my favourite French actors.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
8.
Fruitvale Station (2013)
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The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. (85 mins.)
Director: Ryan Coogler
“ Well made film about a shocking incident.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
9.
School of Babel (2013 Documentary)
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How to integrate into French society when you are a young immigrant newly arrived in Paris? Just join the school of La Grange aux Belles where... (94 mins.)
“ Marvellous documentary with a great cast and an emotional ending.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
10.
Michael H - Profession: Director (2013 Documentary)
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In 25 years, Michael Haneke established himself as one of the most important directors in cinema history... (92 mins.)
Director: Yves Montmayeur
“ Well made documentary of a fascinating subject, Michael Haneke.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
11.
The Rocket (2013)
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A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home... (96 mins.)
Director: Kim Mordaunt
“ Very imaginative film that is a coming-of-age film with a difference.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
12.
I'm So Excited! (2013)
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When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest danger, which we carry within ourselves. (90 mins.)
“ Brilliant film. This bawdy comedy has a lot of heart.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
13.
Under the Skin (2013)
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A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery. (108 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Glazer
“ Unique and clever film. Eerie soundtrack and stunning visuals make for a film with a very alien feel.

8.5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
14.
Behind the Candelabra (2013 TV Movie)
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A chronicle of the tempestuous six year romance between megastar singer, Liberace, and his teenage lover, Scott Thorson. (118 mins.)
“ Well made with film with superb performances. I would have liked more introspection.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
15.
The Lunchbox (2013)
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A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. (104 mins.)
Director: Ritesh Batra
“ Fantastic film; a modern classic for sure. A witty but terribly poignant tale about food as the elixir of life in this tale of self rediscovery.

8.5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
16.
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
“ A bleak tale of grief infused with Icelandic metal.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
17.
Camille Claudel 1915 (2013)
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Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France - where she will never sculpt again - the chronicle of Camille Claudel's reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel. (95 mins.)
Director: Bruno Dumont
“ Slow, stark and challenging as the viewer is pitched into an asylum in early 20th century France and given little overt narrative structure. Juliet Binoche is superb as is the use of the landscape and stone surfaces.

8/10 - rated for JB alone it would be 10/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
18.
B for Boy (2013)
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B For Boy is a contemporary drama set in Nigeria, about one woman's desperate need for a male child. It explores the discrimination of women in the names of culture and religion. (118 mins.)
Director: Chika Anadu
“ A taut story that is well played.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
19.
Tashkafa: Stories of the Street (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary about residents in Istanbul who care for the street dogs. (66 mins.)
“ Innovative, witty and heartfelt documentary on life, relationships and animals.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
20.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
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In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. (134 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
“ Very good film. Excellently shot with many lingering images. Great acting and a fascinating, if horrifying, story.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
21.
Omar (2013)
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A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he's tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier's killing. (96 mins.)
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
“ Claustrophobic film with a stunning ending. Adam Bakri is as good an actor as his elder brother.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
22.
Adore (2013)
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A pair of childhood friends and neighbors fall for each other's sons. (112 mins.)
Director: Anne Fontaine
“ Intriguing subject matter well told and beautifully packaged.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
23.
Leave to Remain (2013)
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Three teenagers forced to leave their family, friends and homes behind learn to live in yet another hostile country. That country is the UK. (89 mins.)
Director: Bruce Goodison
“ Compelling characters drive the film and its story.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
24.
Gone Too Far (2013)
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GONE TOO FAR follows two estranged teenage brothers over the course of a single day as they meet for the first time... (88 mins.)
“ Funny and affectionate view of black rivalries in Peckham, South London. If you're from London then this will resonate. The mum in the film is fantastic.

7.5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
25.
Grigris (2013)
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Despite a paralyzed leg, Grigris, 25 year old, dreams of being a dancer. A challenge. But his dreams are dashed when his stepfather falls critically ill. To save him, Grigris resolves to work for petrol traffickers. (101 mins.)
“ An interesting film from Chad, if a little ragged in places. Great soundtrack and a compelling lead performance.

7/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
26.
Salvo (2013)
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Salvo is a body guard and hit man for a mafioso. After foiling an attack on his employer, Salvo hunts down the man who organised it and encounters the man's blind sister. She causes Salvo to question himself and his existence. (110 mins.)
“ The art house form intersects with the action/gangster genre. Saleh Bakri is very good as Salvo.

7/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
27.
A Touch of Sin (2013)
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Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence. (133 mins.)
Director: Zhangke Jia
“ The first of the four stories had great atmosphere that was lacking in the following three. The third one was patchy but had some terrific scenes. An interesting enough film because of what we get to see of China. Beautifully shot film.

7/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
28.
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
“ There's lots to like in this mournful film about America and her dying culture. Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston are good as a languid and charismatic couple. Unfortunately the languor did not quite work for me.

Great soundtrack.

7/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
29.
Tracks (2013)
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A young woman goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog. (112 mins.)
Director: John Curran
“ A fascinating tale with splendid photography and camels to boot!

7/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
30.
Antboy (2013)
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12-year-old Pelle is bitten by an ant and develops superpowers. Aided by comic book nerd Wilhelm, Pelle creates a secret identity as superhero Antboy. When a super villain The Flea enters the scene, Antboy must step up to the challenge. (77 mins.)
Director: Ask Hasselbalch
“ Great fun! If you like Scandinavian cinema then this film continues that fine tradition. If you like your superhero films with a quirk then you'll like this.

7/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
31.
Frozen (2013)
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When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition. (102 mins.)
“ Much against my better judgement I enjoyed this. Some beautiful animation, Elsa's castle, and funny characters, including and especially Olaf!

7/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
32.
Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)
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Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic. (111 mins.)
Director: Biyi Bandele
“ A handsome production of an Ibo family's experiences during the Biafran war.

6.5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
33.
Tom at the Farm (2013)
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A grieving man meets his lover's family, who were not aware of their son's sexual orientation. (102 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
“ A dark, semi-psychotic film.

6/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
34.
Starred Up (2013)
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Eric Love is a 19 year old teenager who is so violent he has been 'Starred Up' (Moved to Adult prison)... (106 mins.)
Director: David Mackenzie
“ A gruelling film that deals with the repugnance of crime and prison.

6/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
35.
Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (2013)
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Winner 2013 Silver Bear (Alfred Bauer Prize) Berlin International Film Festival. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear... (95 mins.)
Director: Denis Côté
“ This film shocked me because everything about it was unexpected. A subtle and down-beat story with good acting.

6/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
36.
11.6 (2013)
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Toni Musulin has worked as a security guard on an armored truck for 10 years. One day, with 11.6 million Euros on board... (102 mins.)
Director: Philippe Godeau
“ Based on a true story it is a character study all the way of someone called Toni Musulin, portrayed by Francois Cluzet who is as good as ever.

6/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
37.
Snowpiercer (2013)
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Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges. (126 mins.)
Director: Bong Joon Ho
“ Good, pacy film with an excellent Tilda Swinton - the star of the film. The film loses pace in the final quarter and the ending was a bit meh.

6.5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
38.
Finn (2013)
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Finn lives with his father, a carpenter. Both are grieving the loss of Finn's mother, who died giving birth to Finn on Christmas Eve. Religious symbolism and music as a source of healing accompany Finn and his father as they try to live. (90 mins.)
Director: Frans Weisz
“ I was a bit disappointed with this film. Hoping for Kauwboy (2012) with music, this film features a crow and a young bereft boy and grieving father. There the similarities end. This film is more fantastical than Kauwboy and rather sentimental.

6.5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
39.
The Grand Seduction (2013)
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To survive, a dying Newfoundland fishing village must convince a young doctor to take up residence by any means necessary. (113 mins.)
Director: Don McKellar
“ Warm, gentle comedy made better by featuring Brendan Gleeson.

6/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
40.
Bicycling with Molière (2013)
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Two actors. One play. Can the differences between the two egocentric men be put aside for the sake of friendship and theatre? (104 mins.)
“ Pretty good film on the travails of being an actor particularly one type cast in a soap and another who has given up acting but is persuaded to retread the boards. Moliere is a hard master.

6/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
41.
Big Bad Wolves (2013)
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A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge... (110 mins.)
“ Pretty good film. Had lots of atmosphere but I felt judgemental about the way it was made even though the story was strong.

6/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
42.
Bastards (2013)
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Marco returns to Paris after his brother-in-law's suicide, where he targets the man his sister believes caused the tragedy - though he is ill-prepared for her secrets as they quickly muddy the waters. (100 mins.)
Director: Claire Denis
“ The film has a mysterious elegance but it's a nasty, grubby story beneath the aesthetics.

6/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
43.
The Bling Ring (2013)
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Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes. (90 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
“ Pretty good film. Very cynical and no one comes out of the film well.

6/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
44.
Pioneer (2013)
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A thriller set at the beginning of the 1980's Norwegian Oil Boom and centered on a diver whose obsession with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea leads to tragedy. (111 mins.)
“ Convoluted drama about the machinations of laying pipelines in the sea for oil and gas in Norway. Based on true events, this is a bleak film.

5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
45.
Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)
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The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met. (96 mins.)
Director: David Lowery
“ Disappointing. The film's premise was too thin to sustain the film which suffered from Malick type photography. Casey Affleck was good, as was the actor playing the sheriff, and the soundtrack was atmospheric.

Being generous - 5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
46.
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
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A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. (104 mins.)
“ Nice looking film and I enjoyed the music. Found the story dark. I was disappointed with it overall.

5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
47.
Young & Beautiful (2013)
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After losing her virginity, Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her clients for hotel-room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes. (95 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
“ Saw this at the LIFF. Intriguing premise that wasn't developed as fully as I would have liked. Well acted and funny in parts. More funny than erotic or sexy.

5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
48.
Trudno byt bogom (2013)
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A group of scientists is sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history... (177 mins.)
Director: Aleksey German
 
49.
Now You See Me (2013)
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An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. (115 mins.)
Director: Louis Leterrier
“ Quite good, but too slick and rather shallow.

4/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
50.
The Wind Rises (2013)
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A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. (126 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Hmmm, animation's not my thing and that affected my view of the film. Also, animation makes everything pretty and fairytale-like, I'm not sure I find this in any way representative of human stories.

4/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
51.
Grand Central (2013)
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Gary, an unskilled young man, lands a job as a decontamination sub-contractor at a nuclear power plant in the lower valley of the Rhone... (94 mins.)
“ A very uneven film because it seemed to be confused as to whether it was a love story or a story about low paid workers at a nuclear plant. There were moments of real atmosphere and a pretty good soundtrack but a big disappointment. Olivier Gourmet was under used ... again!

4/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
52.
Le Week-End (2013)
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A British couple return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage. (93 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
“ A so-so film about a couple's marriage and mid-life crisis.

4/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
53.
The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013 Documentary)
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About a series of unsolved disappearances on the Galapagos Island of Floreana in the 1930s. (120 mins.)
“ So-so documentary about murder amongst European settlers on the remote island of Floreana in the Galapagos.

4/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
54.
Upstream Color (2013)
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A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives. (96 mins.)
Director: Shane Carruth
“ Interesting concept that didn't work for me. The film had a mesmeric effect and was striking though.

4/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
55.
Trance (2013)
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An art auctioneer who has become mixed up with a group of criminals partners with a hypnotherapist in order to recover a lost painting. (101 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ Flashy film with a plot that is unnecessarily convoluted. Lacks charisma and was a waste of Vincent Cassel's time.

3/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
56.
Of Horses and Men (2013)
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A country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. Love and death become interlaced and with immense consequences. The fortunes of the people in the country through the horses' perception. (81 mins.)
“ Disappointing and poor. Not recommended.

3/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
57.
The Nun (2013)
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1760s France. Suzanne is shocked when her bourgeois family sends her to a convent. There she faces oppression and torment, leading her to fight back and expose the dehumanizing effect of cloistered life. (112 mins.)
“ Dull film about the plight of young men and women forced into religious orders. Isabelle Huppert appears in the last 35 minutes of the film only.

3/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
58.
The Invisible Woman (2013)
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At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death. (111 mins.)
Director: Ralph Fiennes
“ Rather boring. The bittersweetness of the relationship between Charles and Nellie makes this non-romantic.

3/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
59.
Her (2013)
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A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need. (126 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ A bad film dressed up to seem good but as cliched and predictable as the worst films.

2/10 is generous but there was a nice colour palette and some interesting camera shots. ” - PoppyTransfusion