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1.
Enlightened (2011 TV Series)
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A self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening becomes determined to live an enlightened life, creating havoc at home and work. (28 mins.)
“ Simply one of the best TV series of the last decade... ” - pasileno
 
2.
Certified Copy (2010)
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In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged British writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano. While there, a chance question reveals something deeper. (106 mins.)
“ It took me a while to get into this movie but when I did I was swept away. One Binoche's best performances ever, I think. Stunning. ” - pasileno
 
3.
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.)
“ Anna Magnani is just perfect in this... ” - pasileno
 
4.
Chocolat (2000)
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A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community. (121 mins.)
“ The movie is much more rose-tinted and lighter than the book, but I still enjoyed it very much. And it made me fall in love with Juliette Binoche... ” - pasileno
 
5.
Tutta la vita davanti (2008)
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A brilliant recent graduate struggles to find work. After falling into a babysitting job, she is introduced by the child's mother to the world of the international call center, its employees, and the fast pace that drives them. (117 mins.)
Director: Paolo Virzì
“ One of the best Italian movies of the last two decades and one of my favourites ever. Isabella Ragonese is great in this film. ” - pasileno
 
6.
Ladies in Lavender (2004)
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Two sisters befriend a mysterious foreigner who washes up on the beach of their 1930's Cornish seaside village. (104 mins.)
Director: Charles Dance
“ Warm, funny, sweet without being too cheesy...and great acting. ” - pasileno
 
7.
Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
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In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school, a mom starts an unusual business -- a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service -- with her unreliable sister. (91 mins.)
Director: Christine Jeffs
“ Really funny, intelligent, moving. Beautiful chemistry between the two female protagonists. ” - pasileno
 
8.
Another Year (2010)
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A look at four seasons in the lives of a happily married couple and their relationships with their family and friends. (129 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
“ Although unsettling and slightly disturbing, Lesley Manville's character was one of the (dark) gems of this movie. ” - pasileno
 
9.
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
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A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding. (113 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ I never thought much of Anne Hathaway as an actress but I thought she was really good in this film. A very pleasant surprise. ” - pasileno
 
10.
The Hours (2002)
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The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives. (114 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
“ Makes me cry every time I re-watch it...I'm not a particular fan of any of these actresses, Nicole Kidman in particular to be honest, but I thought they were all very good in this film. ” - pasileno
 
11.
The Last Station (2009)
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A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Hoffman
“ Helen Mirren is so good in everything she does...this isn't an incredibly memorable movie, but her performance makes it worth watching it... ” - pasileno
 
12.
Away We Go (2009)
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A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time. (98 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ I loved this movie. Quirky and indie without being boringly self-indulgent. Very sweet and realistic. I found her character in particular very interesting. ” - pasileno
 
13.
Summer Hours (2008)
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Two brothers and a sister witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother's succession. (103 mins.)
Director: Olivier Assayas
“ Nice French comedy for a Sunday afternoon! And it's got Juliette Binoche in it... ” - pasileno
 
14.
Pride and Prejudice (1995 Mini-Series)
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Jane Austen's classic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the 19th century classes and the pride which would keep lovers apart. (327 mins.)
“ Alison Steadman is simply the best Mrs Bennett ever...! ” - pasileno
 
15.
Volver (2006)
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After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life. (121 mins.)
“ Before this I never really liked Penelope Cruz. I thought she was great in this. ” - pasileno
 
16.
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.)
“ Second movie where I thought Penelope Cruz was truly great. ” - pasileno
 
17.
Good Morning, Night (2003)
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The 1978 kidnapping of politician Aldo Moro as seen from the perspective of one of his assailants: a conflicted young woman in the ranks of the Red Brigade. (106 mins.)
“ Maya Sansa is one of my favourite actresses and this is the movie that made me discover her. ” - pasileno
 
18.
The Man Who Will Come (2009)
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Winter 1943. Martina is small child, who stopped talking since the death of her infant brother some years before... (115 mins.)
Director: Giorgio Diritti
“ Maya Sansa strikes again... ” - pasileno
 
19.
Bread and Tulips (2000)
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After being forgotten in a highway café during a bus trip, a housewife decides to start a new life by herself in Venice. (114 mins.)
Director: Silvio Soldini
“ Just lovely...very heartfelt feel-good movie Italian style. ” - pasileno
 
20.
My Summer of Love (2004)
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In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona meets the exotic, pampered Tamsin. Over the summer season, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together. (86 mins.)
“ Terrific performances from both actresses (and Paddy Considine!). ” - pasileno
 
21.
Mid-August Lunch (2008)
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Gianni is a middle-aged man living in Rome with his imposing and demanding elderly mother. His only... (75 mins.)
“ The elderly ladies in this film are simply stunning - even when they're irritating (which they are pretty often!). ” - pasileno
 
22.
Bagdad Cafe (1987)
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A lonely German woman ends up in the most desolate motel on Earth and decides to make it brighter. (95 mins.)
Director: Percy Adlon
“ Lovely story... ” - pasileno
 
23.
Home (2008)
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Life for an isolated rural family is upended when a major highway next to their property, constructed 10 years before but apparently abandoned, is finally opened. (98 mins.)
Director: Ursula Meier
“ It's a little sad how this movie went almost unnoticed...I found it really interesting, original, unsettling. Isabelle Huppert is great. ” - pasileno
 
24.
Julie & Julia (2009)
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Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book. (123 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
“ Ok, so this movie is obviously not a masterpiece but I really enjoyed the intertwined stories of these two women. ” - pasileno
 
25.
Wives and Daughters (1999 Mini-Series)
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The daughter of a country doctor copes with an unwanted stepmother, an impetuous stepsister, burdensome secrets, the town gossips, and the tug on her own heartstrings for a man who thinks of her only as a friend. (301 mins.)
“ Absolutely spot-on performances from all three main characters. ” - pasileno
 
26.
Cranford (2007 TV Series)
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In the 1840s, Cranford is ruled by the ladies. They adore good gossip; and romance and change is in the air, as the unwelcome grasp of the Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches their beloved rural market-town. (60 mins.)
“ Some of the best British actresses all together in one TV series...nothing much can go wrong (but don't waste your time on the sequel). ” - pasileno
 
27.
Respiro (2002)
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On an impoverished Italian island, a free-spirited woman is accused of madness by townspeople fed up with her antics. (95 mins.)
“ I'm very partial to this movie because Crialese is one of my favourite directors and this is the film that made me fall in love with his work. Valeria Golino gives an electrifying performance. ” - pasileno
 
28.
Agora (2009)
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A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the famous philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria. (127 mins.)
“ Very interesting story, very fascinating female character. I wasn't totally convinced by Rachel Weisz or by the script, but it still is a movie worth watching just to learn more about this woman. ” - pasileno
 
29.
Elizabeth I (2005 Mini-Series)
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Miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I. (223 mins.)
 
30.
The Virgin Queen (2005 Mini-Series)
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The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim... (237 mins.)
 
31.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
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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
“ Finally some proper female action heroines! ” - pasileno
 
32.
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
 
33.
Hanna (2011)
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A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives. (111 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
 
34.
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
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A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know. (130 mins.)
Director: Jon Avnet
 
35.
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
“ Tough watch, but amazing performances by the three main female characters - even Mariah Carey was pretty good...! ” - pasileno
 
36.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
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Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. (93 mins.)
Director: Benh Zeitlin
“ Stunning movie, breathtaking performance from 5 year-old Quvenzhané Wallis... ” - pasileno
 
37.
The Killing (2007 TV Series)
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Police detective Sarah Lund investigates difficult cases with personal and political consequences. (57 mins.)
“ What was life before Sarah Lund?! ” - pasileno
 
38.
Whip It (2009)
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In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin. (111 mins.)
Director: Drew Barrymore
“ Entertaining and lighthearted coming-of-age story. ” - pasileno
 
39.
Life Is Sweet (1990)
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A waitress, her cook husband, & their twin daughters ponder their lives over a few weeks in a working-class suburb north of London. (103 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
“ Sad in parts and still warm and funny. Normal people, different times. ” - pasileno
 
40.
Top of the Lake (2013 TV Series)
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When pregnant, 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets. (350 mins.)
“ No disrespect to Elizabeth Moss, but for me Holly Hunter is the real gem of this series...GJ is a wonderfully and slightly disturbing strange character. She doesn't do nice or cute for sure. Ms Hunter's acting is scarily good. ” - pasileno