Men of Hard Skin 2019

Men of Hard Skin 2019

Men of Hard Skin 2019

Men of Hard Skin 2019
Hombres de piel dura (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 36min | Drama | 28 January 2019 (Netherlands)

Storyline:

Teenager Ariel lives a seemingly quiet life with his father and sister on their picturesque farm in a rural part of Buenos Aires. However, unbeknownst to his family, Ariel has been abused for years by Omar, his neighbourhood priest. Having confused his mistreatment for romantic affection, Ariel takes it upon himself to free himself from their relationship and soon embarks on a secret affair with one of the male workers on his father’s property. Meanwhile, as Omar continues to succumb to his urges, he forms a friendship with a much older priest who finds himself wrestling with similar desires. Defiantly unsentimental in its approach, José Celestino Campusano’s richly textured exploration of sex, power and ecclesiastical abuse in Argentine society is a complex and often confrontational piece of work, posing many tough questions without resorting to easy answers.

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Raise Your Head 2009

Raise Your Head 2009

Raise Your Head 2009

Raise Your Head 2009
Alza la testa (original title)
1h 26min | Drama | 6 November 2009 (Italy)

Storyline:

Mero, a skilled shipyard worker, is a single father. His son Lorenzo, born from a relationship with an Albanian girl, is his only reason for living. The father dreams that the boy will become a champion boxer, to make up for his own anonymous career as an amateur in the ring. This is why he puts him through a tough training program, teaching him day after day to throw punches and protect himself from life’s low blows. The balance of this relationship is disturbed by the return of Lorenzo’s mother Denisa and by the son’s meeting with young Ana. Mero’s trials are not over and he must face up to pain, his prejudices and the remoteness of Italy’s north east.

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Still Walking 2008

Still Walking 2008

Still Walking 2008

Still Walking 2008
Aruitemo aruitemo (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 55min | Drama | 28 June 2008 (Japan)

Storyline:

Still Walking is a family drama about grown children visiting their elderly parents, which unfolds over one summer day. The aging parents have lived in the family home for decades. Their son and daughter return for a rare family reunion, bringing their own families with them. They have gathered to commemorate the tragic death of the eldest son, who drowned in an accident fifteen years ago. Although the roomy house is as comforting and unchanging as the mother’s homemade feast, everyone in the family has subtly changed.

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The Road Not Taken 2018

The Road Not Taken 2018

The Road Not Taken 2018

The Road Not Taken 2018
Wei ze zhi lu (original title)
1h 53min | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 21 September 2018 (USA)

Storyline:

In the depths of western China’s Gobi Desert, Yong (Wang Xuebing) operates a dilapidated ostrich farm, which is the last throw of the dice for him as he tries to win back his ex-wife and repair his life. One day, Mr. Wu (Wang Xufeng) comes looking for a debt to be repaid. When Yong can’t come up with the money, Wu leaves a lonely little boy (Zhu Gengyou) behind, telling Yong to look after him. Suspecting his ex-wife might be considering another marriage, Yong can only take the boy along as he goes to find her. In three days crossing the Gobi, they meet a sad and depressed female trucker Mei (Ma YiLi), and the three lonely people become a pseudo-family.More people join the action and the relationship between Yong and the boy is constantly tested and evolving over this journey. In the end, through these series of random encounters, every person embarks on their own path of no return.

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Come and See 1985

Come and See 1985

Come and See 1985

Come and See 1985
Idi i smotri (original title)
Not Rated | 2h 22min | Drama, War | 9 July 1985 (Soviet Union)

Storyline:

The feature film directed by Elem Klimov, shot in the genre of military drama. The action takes place on the territory of Belarus in 1943. In the center of the story is a Belarusian boy, who witnesses the horrors of the Nazi punitive action, turning from a cheerful teenager into a gray-haired old man for two days.

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Hotel Harabati 2006

Hotel Harabati 2006

Hotel Harabati 2006

Hotel Harabati 2006
De particulier à particulier (original title)
1h 35min | Drama | 19 April 2006 (France)

Storyline:

After 10 years and two children together, Philippe and Marion, finally decide to take a honeymoon Holiday in Venice. At the train station, a abandoned bag filled with money will bring them to a different journey. A journey of doubt where reality never quite lies where it seems, leading from separation to reconciliation.

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Small Change 1976

Small Change 1976

Small Change 1976

Small Change 1976
L’argent de poche (original title)
PG | 1h 44min | Comedy, Drama | 12 17 March 1976 (France)

Storyline:

In the town of Thiers, summer of 1976, teachers and parents give their children skills, love, and attention. A teacher has his first child, a single mother hopes to meet Mr. Right, another mom reaches out to Patrick, a motherless lad who is just discovering the opposite sex. Patrick befriends Julien, a new student who lives in poverty with his mother and has a terrible secret. Bruno shows his friends how to chat up girls. Sylvie stages a witty protest against her parents. Brothers give a friend a haircut. A toddler falls from a window and is unhurt. Everybody goes to the cinema. At camp, Martine catches Patrick’s eye. A teacher explains: “Life is hard, but it’s wonderful.”

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