Most Popular Feature Films/TV Series Released 1996-01-01 to 1996-12-31 With Country of Origin France


1. Stealing Beauty (1996)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.6
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60 Metascore

After her mother commits suicide, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture painted. However, she has other reasons for wanting to go. She wants to renew her ... See full summary »

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Liv Tyler, Carlo Cecchi, Sinéad Cusack

Votes: 20,935 | Gross: $4.57M

2. Breaking the Waves (1996)

R | 159 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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76 Metascore

Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr

Votes: 50,528 | Gross: $4.04M

3. Jane Eyre (1996)

PG | 112 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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Jane Eyre is an orphan cast out as a young girl by her aunt, Mrs. Reed, and sent to be raised in a harsh charity school for girls. There she learns to become a teacher and eventually seeks ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: William Hurt, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Anna Paquin, Nic Knight

Votes: 7,802 | Gross: $5.20M

4. Freeway (1996)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.9
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61 Metascore

A twisted take on 'Little Red Riding Hood' with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker traveling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer/pedophile.

Director: Matthew Bright | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, Bokeem Woodbine, Paul Perri

Votes: 22,671

5. Secrets & Lies (1996)

R | 136 min | Drama

8.0
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91 Metascore

A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is a underprivileged white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone's secrets are exposed.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, Phyllis Logan, Claire Rushbrook

Votes: 29,619 | Gross: $13.42M

6. The Bandit (1996)

128 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.5
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The epic adventures of the legendary Baran the Bandit following his release from prison. After serving 35 years, it is no surprise that the world has changed dramatically. Still, Baran ... See full summary »

Director: Yavuz Turgul | Stars: Sener Sen, Ugur Yücel, Sermin Hürmeriç, Yesim Salkim

Votes: 38,729

7. Power Rangers Zeo (1996–1997)

TV-Y7 | Action, Comedy, Family

6.6
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Tommy, Billy, Adam, Rocky, Kat and Tanya are turned back to their teenage forms thanks to the Zeo Crystal. The Command Center is gone but the crystal leads them to the new Power Chamber and all but Billy take on new Zeo powers.

Stars: Catherine Sutherland, Nakia Burrise, Steve Cardenas, Johnny Yong Bosch

Votes: 1,395

8. The Pillow Book (1996)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama

6.7
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64 Metascore

As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko's father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from "The Pillow Book", the diary of a 10th-century lady-in-waiting. Nagiko grows up, ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Vivian Wu, Ewan McGregor, Yoshi Oida, Ken Ogata

Votes: 10,818 | Gross: $2.29M

9. The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996)

G | 96 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

5.3
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One of puppet-maker Geppetto's creations comes magically to life. This puppet, Pinocchio, has one major desire and that is to become a real boy someday. In order to accomplish this goal he ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Martin Landau, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Geneviève Bujold, Udo Kier

Votes: 4,237 | Gross: $15.09M

10. The Apartment (1996)

R | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.5
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Max is on his way to Tokyo. He lives in Paris and likes to flirt but has decided to get married. By chance, he seems to have seen Lisa, his greatest love, in a cafe. Max forgets everything,... See full summary »

Director: Gilles Mimouni | Stars: Romane Bohringer, Vincent Cassel, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Monica Bellucci

Votes: 11,786

11. The Eighth Day (1996)

118 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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An unusual and wonderful friendship develops between a busy but unhappy salesman and a resident of a mental asylum.

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Pascal Duquenne, Miou-Miou, Henri Garcin

Votes: 7,494 | Gross: $0.33M

12. La Promesse (1996)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

7.9
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82 Metascore

Roger uses his son Igor to ruthlessly traffic and exploit illegal aliens. When one of the aliens is killed, Igor is guilt-ridden and wants to care for the dead man's family against his father's orders.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Jérémie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Assita Ouedraogo, Jean-Michel Balthazar

Votes: 5,525 | Gross: $0.45M

13. I Love You, I Love You Not (1996)

PG-13 | 88 min | Drama, Romance

5.5
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Prep school student Daisy and her European-born grandmother Nana share the sad stories of their lives: Daisy tells Nana of her romance with young Ethan and problems in school because she's ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Hopkins | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Claire Danes, Jude Law, James Van Der Beek

Votes: 2,391

14. Albino Alligator (1996)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.1
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48 Metascore

While escaping from a foiled robbery attempt, three thieves find themselves surrounded by police at a New Orleans bar--only they're not the people the police are searching for.

Director: Kevin Spacey | Stars: Matt Dillon, Faye Dunaway, Gary Sinise, William Fichtner

Votes: 6,768 | Gross: $0.33M

15. A Summer's Tale (1996)

G | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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91 Metascore

A shy maths graduate takes a holiday in Dinard before starting his first job. He hopes his sort-of girlfriend will join him, but soon strikes up a friendship with another girl working in ... See full summary »

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Melvil Poupaud, Amanda Langlet, Gwenaëlle Simon, Aurelia Nolin

Votes: 4,377 | Gross: $0.20M

16. Kansas City (1996)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Music

6.3
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57 Metascore

Robert Altman's jazz-scored film explores themes of love, crime, race, and politics in 1930s Kansas City. When Blondie O'Hara's husband, a petty thief, is captured by Seldom Seen and held ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Miranda Richardson, Harry Belafonte, Michael Murphy

Votes: 3,610 | Gross: $1.29M

17. Different for Girls (1996)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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Karl Foyle and Paul Prentice were best mates at school in the Seventies. But when they meet again in present-day London things are definitely not the same. Karl is now Kim, a transsexual, ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Spence | Stars: Steven Mackintosh, Rupert Graves, Miriam Margolyes, Saskia Reeves

Votes: 1,639 | Gross: $0.21M

18. Kolya (1996)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.8
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Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man. Having lost his place in the state orchestra, he must make ends meet by playing ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Sverák | Stars: Zdenek Sverák, Andrey Khalimon, Libuse Safránková, Ondrej Vetchý

Votes: 12,531 | Gross: $5.73M

19. Unhook the Stars (1996)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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Character study about Mildred, an elderly woman who has spent her life caring for others. When her daughter finally leaves home, she finds that, for the first time in her life, she has ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, Marisa Tomei, Gérard Depardieu, Jake Lloyd

Votes: 1,843 | Gross: $0.23M

20. Irma Vep (1996)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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A Chinese movie actress, in France to star in a remake of "Les Vampires", finds petty intrigues and clashing egos on the set.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Nathalie Richard, Antoine Basler

Votes: 3,741 | Gross: $0.19M

21. Ridicule (1996)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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To get royal backing on a needed drainage project, a poor French lord must learn to play the delicate games of wit at court at Versailles.

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Charles Berling, Jean Rochefort, Fanny Ardant, Judith Godrèche

Votes: 6,168 | Gross: $2.50M

22. Justine: Seduction of Innocence (1996)

94 min | Drama, Romance

4.0
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Director: Lev L. Spiro | Stars: Daneen Boone, Timothy Di Pri, Jennifer Behr, Kimberly Rowe

Votes: 148

23. Der Unhold (1996)

118 min | Drama

7.0
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Frenchman Abel Tiffauges likes children, and wants to protect them against the grown-ups. Falsely suspected as child molester, he's recruited as a soldier in the 2nd World War, but very ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: John Malkovich, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Gottfried John, Marianne Sägebrecht

Votes: 2,023 | Gross: $0.05M

24. Ponette (1996)

97 min | Drama

7.6
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A four-year-old girl tries to come to terms with the sudden death of her mother.

Director: Jacques Doillon | Stars: Victoire Thivisol, Delphine Schiltz, Matiaz Bureau Caton, Léopoldine Serre

Votes: 3,522 | Gross: $1.40M

25. Sous le soleil (1996–2008)

52 min | Drama, Romance

5.4
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Three beautiful friends, sensitive doctor Laure, ambitious lawyer Caroline and American model Jessica, live and love in Saint-Tropez beach resort, on the French Riviera.

Stars: Tonya Kinzinger, Bénédicte Delmas, Adeline Blondieau, David Brécourt

Votes: 425

26. Family Resemblances (1996)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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An upper middle-class French family celebrates a birthday in a restaurant. In one evening and during one meal, family history, tensions, collective and separate grudges, delights, and ... See full summary »

Director: Cédric Klapisch | Stars: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Catherine Frot, Agnès Jaoui

Votes: 3,656 | Gross: $0.32M

27. Un divan à New York (1996)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance

6.0
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Dr. Henry Harriston is a successful psychoanalyst in New York City. When he is near a nervous breakdown, he arranges to change his flat with Beatrice Saulnier from France for a while. Both ... See full summary »

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Juliette Binoche, William Hurt, Stephanie Buttle, Barbara Garrick

Votes: 1,580

28. Le jaguar (1996)

100 min | Adventure

5.9
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A shaman from the South American rain forest visits France for a public relations campaign. In a hotel's elevator in Paris he meets a French good-for-nothing named Perrin he's fascinated ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Jean Reno, Patrick Bruel, Danny Trejo, Patricia Velasquez

Votes: 3,095

29. Nun va Goldoon (1996)

78 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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70 Metascore

A semi-autobiographical account of Makmahlbaf's experience as a teenager when, as a 17-year-old, he stabbed a policeman at a protest rally. Two decades later, he tracks down the policeman he injured in an attempt to make amends.

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Mirhadi Tayebi, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Ali Bakhsi, Ammar Tafti Dehghan

Votes: 2,017 | Gross: $0.04M

30. Tykho Moon (1996)

102 min | Sci-Fi

6.3
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The McBee family has erected a government over a future 'colony', that looks like a run-down Paris divided into sectors by the Berlin Wall. All male family members suffer from a mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Enki Bilal | Stars: Julie Delpy, Johan Leysen, Michel Piccoli, Marie Laforêt

Votes: 546

31. Parfait amour! (1996)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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Anatomy of a murder. Christophe has murdered Frédérique, his lover. He's in his 20s, an entrepreneur who likes to pick up chicks with his misogynist friend Philippe; she's in her 30s, a ... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Breillat | Stars: Isabelle Renauld, Francis Renaud, Laura Saglio, Alain Soral

Votes: 390

32. A Self-Made Hero (1996)

107 min | Drama, Comedy

7.4
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Set in France at the end of World War II Albert Dehousse finds out his father wasn't a war hero and his mother is a collaborator. He leaves his wife and goes to Paris. Gradually he ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Anouk Grinberg, Sandrine Kiberlain, Jean-Louis Trintignant

Votes: 2,162 | Gross: $0.07M

33. North Star (1996)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

4.8
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Set during the Alaskan gold rush of the late 1800's. In his efforts to gain control of a small mining town, Sean McLennon is buying up every mining claim that becomes available, usually ... See full summary »

Director: Nils Gaup | Stars: James Caan, Christopher Lambert, Catherine McCormack, Burt Young

Votes: 862

34. Death in Granada (1996)

R | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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A journalist starts an investigation into the disappearance of famed poet and political agitator, Garcia Lorca, who disappeared in the early days of the Spanish Civil War in the the 1930's.

Director: Marcos Zurinaga | Stars: Andy Garcia, Esai Morales, Naim Thomas, Gonzalo Penche

Votes: 837 | Gross: $0.23M

35. La belle verte (1996)

99 min | Comedy

7.2
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The "Green Planet" belongs to another solar system. Through the simplicity of their lifestyle those who live there are a real step ahead of us: they spend their time concentrating their ... See full summary »

Director: Coline Serreau | Stars: Coline Serreau, Vincent Lindon, James Thierrée, Samuel Tasinaje

Votes: 2,937

36. Asphalt Tango (1996)

100 min | Comedy

8.1
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A desperate husband chases a bus full of beautiful women headed for Paris, France.

Director: Nae Caranfil | Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Mircea Diaconu, Florin Calinescu, Constantin Cotimanis

Votes: 1,277

37. La bouche de Jean-Pierre (1996)

52 min | Drama

6.9
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A ten year old girl is received by her aunt because of her mother's confinement to a mental hospital... See full synopsis »

Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic | Stars: Sandra Sammartino, Denise Aron-Schropfer, Michel Trillot, Delphine Allange

Votes: 203

38. A Summer in La Goulette (1996)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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Summer, 1967. La Goulette, the touristic beach of Tunisi, is the site where three nice seventeen-year-old girls live: Gigi, sicilian and catholic; Meriem, Tunisian and Arab; Tina, French ... See full summary »

Director: Férid Boughedir | Stars: Sonia Mankaï, Ava Cohen-Jonathan, Sarah Pariente, Mustapha Adouani

Votes: 564

39. Muppets Tonight (1996–1998)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

7.9
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Kermit the Frog, Clifford and friends struggle to put on a weekly TV variety show.

Stars: Dave Goelz, Kevin Clash, Jerry Nelson, Bill Barretta

Votes: 1,064

40. Flash Gordon (1996– )

30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.1
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Stars: Lawrence Bayne, Lorne Kennedy, Julie Lemieux, Andy Marshall

Votes: 72

41. When the Cat's Away (1996)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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Chloe, a young woman, is going on holidays. She entrusts her beloved cat to Madame Renée's care. But one day Madame Renée (an old lady of the neighborhood) can not find the cat. Chloe ... See full summary »

Director: Cédric Klapisch | Stars: Garance Clavel, Zinedine Soualem, Renée Le Calm, Olivier Py

Votes: 2,898 | Gross: $1.65M

42. Elective Affinities (1996)

98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.2
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The novel (1809) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The marriage of Edward and Charlotte gets worse with the arrival at the castle Young Ottilia, grandson of Carlotta, and Brass. Edward is ... See full summary »

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Marie Gillain

Votes: 489

43. El amor perjudica seriamente la salud (1996)

117 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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Two young people meet in the 60's as a result of their devotion to John Lennon, and have a recurring relationship during the next thirty years at the oddest of moments, in the most diverse ... See full summary »

Director: Manuel Gómez Pereira | Stars: Ana Belén, Juanjo Puigcorbé, Gabino Diego, Penélope Cruz

Votes: 1,340

44. Gabbeh (1996)

75 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.0
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An elderly couple go about their routine of cleaning their gabbeh (a intricately-designed rug), while bickering gently with each other. Magically, a young woman appears, helping the two ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Shaghayeh Djodat, Hossein Moharami, Rogheih Moharami, Abbas Sayah

Votes: 2,217 | Gross: $0.27M

45. My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument (1996)

178 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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76 Metascore

Paul Dedalus is at a crossroads in his life. He has to make several decisions; should he complete his doctorate, does he want to become a full professor, does he really love his ... See full summary »

Director: Arnaud Desplechin | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Devos, Emmanuel Salinger, Marianne Denicourt

Votes: 1,075

46. My Man (1996)

Unrated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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In Lyon, where many are unemployed, Marie is a prostitute who loves her work: she's thoughtful and exuberant toward clients old and young, slim or flabby. One night, a homeless man sleeps ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Blier | Stars: Anouk Grinberg, Gérard Lanvin, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Olivier Martinez

Votes: 1,118

47. Bámbola (1996)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

4.5
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Her name is Mina, but she is called Bambola (doll). Upon the death of her mother, she and her homosexual brother, Flavio, open a pizzeria. A man named Ugo loans Bambola the money, but is ... See full summary »

Director: Bigas Luna | Stars: Valeria Marini, Stefano Dionisi, Jorge Perugorría, Manuel Bandera

Votes: 1,063

48. Deep Crimson (1996)

114 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.4
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The life of a man who preys on unsuspecting women for a living is changed when he finds an accomplice in the woman who loves and controls him.

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Regina Orozco, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Sherlyn, Giovanni Florido

Votes: 1,236

49. Sky Dancers (1996– )

6.4
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This series follows the adventures of Camille, Slam, Angelica, Breeze, and Jade, five students who attend High Hope Dance Academy under the widowed Queen Skyla. They double as Sky Dancers, ... See full summary »

Stars: T.J. Benjamin, Andrea Burns, Thomas Cannizzaro, Donna Daley

Votes: 58

50. Victory (1996)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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Axel Heyst lives on a secluded island near the Dutch East Indies port of Surabaya. The year is 1913. While on personal business to the port, he visits the hotel owned by racist German ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Peploe | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Irène Jacob, Rufus Sewell

Votes: 380