The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi 2003

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi 2003

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi 2003

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi 2003
Zatôichi (original title)
1h 56min | Action, Comedy, Crime | 2 September 2003 (Italy)

Storyline:

Blind Zatoichi makes his living by gambling and giving massages. But behind his humble facade, Zatoichi is a master swordsman, gifted with lightning-fast draw and strokes of breathtaking precision. Zatoichi wanders into a town run by sinister gangs and a powerful samurai. He’s destined for violent showdowns when he stumbles on two beautiful geishas avenging their parents’ murder… Duels, wit and a touch of zen! Cult anti-hero Zatoichi is back in a sword-fighting adventure written, directed and starring Takeshi Kitano.

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Molom: A Legend of Mongolia 1995

Molom: A Legend of Mongolia 1995

Molom: A Legend of Mongolia 1995

Molom: A Legend of Mongolia 1995
Molom, conte de Mongolie (original title)
1h 33min | Drama | 5 July 1995 (France)

Storyline:

One day, Molom, an old shaman, a messenger of life who turns into an eagle, a pilgrim, in everything – finds Yonden, a lost child living among the wolves. While roaming the Mongolian steppe, their funny or terrifying, mysterious or surprising adventures allow Yonden, the “little wolf”, to learn generosity, compassion and self-knowledge, under the benevolent eye of his new master. Yonden will become a little pilgrim of peace, alone and free in the steppe, a shaman like his master Molom.

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Siberia, Monamour 2011

Siberia, Monamour 2011

Siberia, Monamour 2011

Siberia, Monamour 2011
Sibir. Monamur (original title)
1h 42min | Drama | 10 November 2011 (Russia)

Storyline:

Siberia. Late autumn. In taiga, in the deserted village there lives an old man Ivan & his seven-year-old grandson Leshia. A pack of feral dogs devours everything alive in the neighborhood. One of these dogs is Leshia’s best friend. Sometimes their relative uncle Yuri brings food to them. Once on his way back from Ivan’s village uncle Yuri is attacked by dogs & perishes. Ivan & Leshia stay without supply. Once Leshia witnesses Ivan shooting at ‘his’ dog & runs away. The old Man finds him in a dry well, but he fails to get him out on his own. Ivan sets out through taiga in search of help. Now the dogs are hunting him… And the boy is waiting for his father…

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Scabies 1989

Scabies 1989

Scabies 1989

Scabies 1989
1h 25min | Drama | 1 February 1989 (Iran)

Storyline:

Abolfazl Jalili’s docudrama La Gale (Scabies) is about the painful lives of young offenders who are serving time in the reformatories of post-revolution Iran. Young Hamed, arrested for handing out political tracts banned by the Islamic Republic, finds himself in a place of great suffering, in which illiterate and penniless orphans wash floors and sell their own blood. When a disease breaks out in the prison, his life within this harsh environment becomes progressively worse, a near-daily fight for survival. The film is a searing indictment against a government that failed to deliver the on the promises with which it came to power: to deliver social justice to the oppressed and downtrodden. Initially released in the mid 1980s, at a time when Iran was at war with neighbouring Iraq, the film was an unwelcome edition to the Fajr Film Festival, as its theme of prison life was deemed critical of the Islamic Republic. In a re-edited version, the film was released in 1989 to critical acclaim.

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La Vénus à Lulu 1991

La Vénus à Lulu 1991

La Vénus à Lulu 1991

La Vénus à Lulu 1991
1h 30min | Comedy | 11 May 1991 (France)

Storyline:

Narcoleptic Finnish naturist as beautiful as Venus is on vacation in Southern France with her husband. She goes for a walk in the field naked and gets lost. A local kid takes her to his village to help her as well as brag to his friends.

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The Teacher 2020

The Teacher 2020

The Teacher 2020

The Teacher 2020
El maestro (original title)
1h 8min | Drama | 14 May 2020 (Argentina)

Storyline:

Natalio is a passionate teacher. When Juani, a friend, comes to live in the town, the inhabitants confirm the rumors about his homosexuality. The parents of his students do not approve the teacher’s behavior with another man and harass the principal so that Natalio does not continue to lead the classroom.

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Run Wild, Run Free 1969

Run Wild, Run Free 1969

Run Wild, Run Free 1969

Run Wild, Run Free 1969
1h 40min | Drama, Family | 28 March 1969 (UK)

Storyline:

Philip Ransome, a northern English boy about ten-years-old, has been mute since age three and spends his days roaming the moors alone. His parents despair of a cure. One day, he sees a singular wild albino pony with blue eyes and befriends it avidly. A kindly retired Colonel, who accepts Philip as he is, a girl his age, and a pet falcon she gives him provide him with more things to love and care about. Gradually, Philip emerges from his shell. But the way out is full of heartbreak and setbacks.

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14 and Under (1973)

14 and Under (1973)

14 and Under (1973)

14 and Under (1973)
Frühreifen-Report (original title)
1h 27min | Comedy | 17 August 1973 (West Germany)

Storyline:

This episodic film is a close relative of Wolf Hartwig’s schoolgirl report movies, made by the same people, in a similar style, around similar topics. However, this one specifically focuses on the coming-of-age aspects, to an extent that it also touches on delicate issues such as pedophilia.

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