1006: Postwar World Cinema

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1.
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
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Set in Post-WWII Italy, a working class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it. (89 mins.)
“ Issues in World Cinema—The National and World Paradigms. Case Study: Neorealism // examine the national and world cinema paradigms through a case study of Italian neorealism. ” - kpavula
 
2.
Umberto D. (1952)
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A elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome. (89 mins.)
 
3.
Il Postino: The Postman (1994)
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Simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet; he uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice. (108 mins.)
Director: Michael Radford
 
4.
Rome, Open City (1945)
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During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi is chased by Nazis and he seeks refuge and escape. (103 mins.)
 
5.
The Debt (1999)
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The Debt is a gripping thriller about two entrepreneurs who become tangled in the web of a Russian thug... (106 mins.)
“ Eastern European Cinema: Poland: Cinema, Systemic Transformation, and Cultural Trauma // cultural trauma theory // a grim portrayal of human/social consequences of the political change in Poland. ” - kpavula
 
6.
Beats of Freedom (2010 Documentary)
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A history of Polish rock and independence. (73 mins.)
“ discover how in the 1980s the way to capitalism in the country was paved with an aid of rock and punk music ” - kpavula
 
7.
The Wedding (2004)
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A wealthy small-town wiseguy organizes the wedding party for his daughter. As the party begins, unexpected events start to occur and disturb the party for the hosts and guests alike. (109 mins.)
 
8.
Shivers (1981)
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Set in the early 1950's, during the Stalin's Personality Cult. The story opens in a provincial town... (106 mins.)
 
9.
Edi (2002)
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The film tells a story of two scrap pickers - the title hero Edi and his friend Jureczek. Edi is wrongly... (97 mins.)
 
10.
Man of Iron (1981)
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A worker becomes a "man of iron" forged by experience, a son comes to terms with his father, a couple fall in love... (156 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
11.
Camera Buff (1979)
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Filip buys an eight-millimetre movie camera when his first child is born. Because it's the first camera in town... (117 mins.)
 
12.
The Welts (2004)
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Wiktor, who was mistreated by his father as a child, is now a tormented grown-up. He meets beautiful Tania and wants to settle down but it's not easy to get rid of childhood traumas. (91 mins.)
 
13.
Loners (2000)
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Robert works for a travel agency and helps to arrange scenes from the everyday lives of "ordinary" Czech... (103 mins.)
Director: David Ondrícek
“ Eastern European Cinema: Czech Republic: Cultural Identity, Politics, and Globalisation // how the political/geographical situation and the economy of the country keeps shaping the content of its cinema // focus on young generations dealing with political changes ” - kpavula
 
14.
The Firemen's Ball (1967)
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The fire department in a small town is having a big party when the ex-boss of the department celebrates his 86th birthday... (71 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
15.
Czech Dream (2004 Documentary)
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Two students from the Czech Film Academy commission a leading advertising agency to organize a huge... (90 mins.)
 
16.
Daisies (1966)
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Two girls try to understand the meaning of the world and their life. (74 mins.)
Director: Vera Chytilová
 
17.
The Loves of a Blonde (1965)
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A factory manager in rural Czechoslovakia bargains with the army to send men to the area, to boost the morale of his young female workers... (90 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
18.
Kolya (1996)
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Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man... (105 mins.)
Director: Jan Sverák
 
19.
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
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A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later. (129 mins.)
“ From Third Cinema to Commercial Film Practice: The Cinema of Latin America // the evolution of Latin American film and its recent shift towards representing national and transnational problematics in a more commercial (mainstream manner) ” - kpavula
 
20.
Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)
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Sergio (Sergio Corrieri - Soy Cuba), through his life following the departure of his wife, parents and friends in the wake of the Bay of Pigs incident... (97 mins.)
 
21.
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.)
 
22.
The Journey (1992)
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A young man living in a cold southern village in South America, decides to start a trip looking for his father... (142 mins.)
 
23.
Death of a Bureaucrat (1966)
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A young man attempts to fight the system in an entertaining account of bureaucracy amok and the tyranny of red tape. (85 mins.)
 
24.
Central Station (1998)
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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
 
25.
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976)
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In a small city of Brazil, Flor (a very good looking woman) marries Vadinho, a very handsome and erotic man... (110 mins.)
Director: Bruno Barreto
 
26.
The Rose Seller (1998)
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13-year-old Monica leads a street life, making her living by selling flowers to couples in local nightspots... (116 mins.)
Director: Víctor Gaviria
 
27.
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.)
 
28.
The Hour of the Furnaces (1968 Documentary)
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Divided into three segments, namely 1 Neocolonialism, 2 Act for liberation, 3 Violence and liberation... (260 mins.)
 
29.
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
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The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling. (126 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
30.
Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
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In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other. (106 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
31.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
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A young man and woman - both of Indian descent but born and raised in Britain - fall in love during a trip to Switzerland. However, the girl's traditional father takes her back to India to fulfill a betrothal promise. (189 mins.)
Director: Aditya Chopra
“ Third Cinema Theory and the Meanings of the Popular // 'Bollywood' ” - kpavula
 
32.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001)
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Yashvardhan Raichand lives a very wealthy lifestyle along with his wife, Nandini, and two sons, Rahul and Rohan... (210 mins.)
Director: Karan Johar
 
33.
Swades (2004)
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A successful Indian scientist returns to an Indian village to take his nanny to America with him and in the process rediscovers his roots. (210 mins.)
 
34.
Ashoka the Great (2001)
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The Epic tale of King Asoka's life. (176 mins.)
Director: Santosh Sivan
 
35.
Pardes (1997)
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This film takes a serious look at the lives of Westernized Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in North America... (191 mins.)
Director: Subhash Ghai
 
36.
English Babu Desi Mem (1996)
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Vikram Mayur, a wealthy Indian, born and raised in England, returns to his ancestral home in Bombay... (170 mins.)
Director: Praveen Nischol
 
37.
Mother India (1957)
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In this melodrama, a poverty-stricken woman raises her sons through many trials and tribulations. But no matter the struggles, always sticks to her own moral code. (172 mins.)
Director: Mehboob
 
38.
Sholay (1975)
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After his family is murdered by a notorious and ruthless bandit, a former police officer enlists the services of two outlaws to capture him. (198 mins.)
Director: Ramesh Sippy
 
39.
Pather Panchali (1955)
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Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work. (125 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
“ Third Cinema Theory and the Meanings of the Popular // the development of an art-house or ‘parallel’ cinema; the work of Satyajit Ray. ” - kpavula
 
40.
Aparajito (1956)
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Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone. (110 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
41.
The World of Apu (1959)
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This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy, follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer as he lives through poverty, and the unforeseen turn of events. (105 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
42.
The Home and the World (1984)
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When the movie opens, a woman is recalling the events that molded her perspective on the world. Years ago... (140 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
43.
Beijing Bicycle (2001)
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A seventeen-year-old country boy working in Beijing as a courier has his bicycle stolen, and finds it with a schoolboy his age. (113 mins.)
Director: Xiaoshuai Wang
“ Representing An Exploited Nation: Between Communism and Globalisation: The Case of Chinese Cinema // a microscopic study of the inner city poverty, which asks questions surrounding representing Chinese migrant workers in the globalised world. ” - kpavula
 
44.
Yellow Earth (1984)
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'Yellow Earth' focuses on the story of a communist soldier who is sent to the countryside to collect folk songs for the Communist Revolution... (91 mins.)
Director: Kaige Chen
 
45.
Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
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A young woman becomes the fourth wife of a wealthy lord, and must learn to live with the strict rules and tensions within the household. (125 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
46.
Last Train Home (2009 Documentary)
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A couple embarks on a journey home for Chinese new year along with 130 million other migrant workers, to reunite with their children and struggle for a future. Their unseen story plays out as China soars towards being a world superpower. (85 mins.)
Director: Lixin Fan
 
47.
Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker (1994)
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A woman inherits her father's fireworks factory, as he had no son. The business does well and everything works in an orderly fashion until one day... (111 mins.)
Director: Ping He
 
48.
Farewell My Concubine (1993)
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The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years. (171 mins.)
Director: Kaige Chen
 
49.
Unknown Pleasures (2002)
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Two unemployed Chinese teenagers have trouble resisting the temptations of the Western world. (112 mins.)
Director: ZhangKe Jia
 
50.
Pickpocket (1997)
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Little pocket thief Wu never got away from the streets like his friends did. He realises that he is alone... (108 mins.)
Director: Zhangke Jia
 
51.
Platform (2000)
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Set in Fenyang, Shanxi Province, the film focuses on a group of amateur theatre troupe performers whose... (154 mins.)
Director: Zhangke Jia
 
52.
Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998)
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Young teen girl Xiu Xiu is sent away to a remote corner of the Sichuan steppes for manual labor in 1975... (99 mins.)
Director: Joan Chen
 
53.
The Blue Kite (1993)
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On Dry Well Lane in Beijing in 1953, Chen Shujuan and Lin Shaolong marry. A year later their son, nicknamed Tietou (Iron Head)... (140 mins.)
 
54.
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
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A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem. (119 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
55.
Springtime in a Small Town (2002)
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Liyan and Yuwen live in post-war torpor, childless but with Liyan's school-aged sister. He coughs, imagining... (116 mins.)
 
56.
So Close to Paradise (1998)
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Two young farm workers, who like millions of others, leave their village to seek their fortunes in the city... (93 mins.)
Director: Xiaoshuai Wang
 
57.
Bamako (2006)
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Bamako. Melé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work and the couple is on the verge of breaking up... (115 mins.)
“ Transnational, Migrant and Diasporic Cinema: Postcolonial Film // the lesser known, cinema of the African continent and related diasporas - does it constitute a ‘different’ kind of storytelling? ” - kpavula
 
58.
Waiting for Happiness (2002)
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The story of two people who cross paths in Nouhadhibou. (90 mins.)
 
59.
Moolaadé (2004)
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When a woman shelters a group of girls from suffering female genital mutilation, she starts a conflict that tears her village apart. (124 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
60.
Guelwaar (1992)
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Burial of a Christian political activist in a Muslim cemetary forces a conflict imbued with religious fervor... (115 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
61.
Xala (1975)
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It is the dawn of Senegal's independence from France, but as the citizens celebrate in the streets we... (123 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
62.
Borom sarret (1963 Short Film)
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Boron Sarret is arguably the first film made by a black African. It illustrates poverty in Senegal, particularly for the working man (20 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
63.
Hyenas (1992)
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A once-prosperous Senegalese village has been falling further into poverty year by year until the village's... (110 mins.)
 
64.
Touki Bouki (1973)
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Mory, a cowherd, and Anta, a university student, try to make money in order to go to Paris and leave their boring past behind. (85 mins.)
 
65.
Le complot d'Aristote (1996)
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(72 mins.)
 
66.
The Swenkas (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on Johannesburg South African men who call themselves "Swenkas" and compete for cash and prizes in an event that's part fashion show, part choreography, and part moral code. (72 mins.)
Director: Jeppe Rønde
 
67.
Baran (2001)
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In a building site in present-day Tehran, Lateef, a 17-year-old Turkish worker is irresistibly drawn to Rahmat, a young Afghan worker. The revelation of Rahmat's secret changes both their lives. (94 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
“ Strategies of Representing the Displaced and the Marginalised: Cinema of Iran // post-revolutionary new Iranian cinema - a distinctive national cinema and an assertion of cultural difference in the face of the globalised visual aesthetic and narrative system of Western cinema ” - kpavula
 
68.
The Circle (2000)
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Various women struggle to function in the oppressively sexist society of contemporary Iran. (90 mins.)
Director: Jafar Panahi
 
69.
The Cyclist (1987)
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The wife of Nasim, an Afghan immigrant in Iran, is gravely ill. He needs money to pay for her care,... (95 mins.)
 
70.
Kandahar (2001)
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After an Afghanistan-born woman who lives in Canada receives a letter from her suicidal sister, she takes a perilous journey through Afghanistan to try to find her. (85 mins.)
 
71.
At Five in the Afternoon (2003)
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In a post-Taliban Afghanistan a young woman (Agheleh Rezaie) attends school against her conservative father's will, hoping to learn more about democracy to fulfill her dream of being the country's next president. (105 mins.)
 
72.
The Day I Became a Woman (2000)
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A film comprised of three interconnected vignettes that depict women at three stages of life in Iran... (78 mins.)
 
73.
Children of Heaven (1997)
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After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair. (89 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
74.
The Color of Paradise (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Mohammad, a boy at Tehran's institute for the blind, waits for his dad to pick him up for summer vacation... (90 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
75.
Taste of Cherry (1997)
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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.)
 
76.
Ten (2002)
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Ten sequences examine the emotional lives of women at significant junctures. (94 mins.)
 
77.
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
 
78.
Head-On (2004)
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In 'Gegen die Wand' Cahit, a 40-something male from Mersin in Turkey has removed everything Turkish from his life... (121 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
“ Transnational, Migrant and Diasporic Cinema: Border Crossings // how contemporary migrant Arab-French Beur cinema and Turkish-German film constitute a diasporic, border-crossing challenge to essentialist, monocultural concepts of national cinema and society. ” - kpavula
 
79.
The Edge of Heaven (2007)
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A Turkish man travels to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father's former girlfriend. (122 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
 
80.
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Award-winning director Fatih Akin takes us on a journey through Istanbul, the city that bridges Europe and Asia... (90 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
 
81.
Distant (2002)
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After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit. (110 mins.)
 
82.
Climates (2006)
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A dowdy university instructor Isa is an inattentive husband to his younger, TV-business wife Bahar. Self-absorbed and selfish, Isa only communicates in the most rudimentary way, while she, similarly, detaches into crying jags and juvenile behavior. (101 mins.)
 
83.
The Confession: Tales About Darkness II (2002)
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A man suspects his wife of being unfaithful, but he's not prepared for what her confession will do to him. (100 mins.)
Director: Zeki Demirkubuz
 
84.
The Great Journey (2004)
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Reda, a young French-Moroccan guy and his old father drive from the south of France to Mecca in order for the father to do his pilgrimage. At first distant, they gradually learn to know each other. (108 mins.)
 
85.
100% Arabic (1997)
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The movie takes place in a poverty-stricken, rent-controlled neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris... (85 mins.)