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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Lost Souls 1980

Lost Souls 1980

Lost Souls 1980

Lost Souls 1980
Da se (original title)
1h 30min | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 26 November 1980 (Hong Kong)

Storyline:

Illegal immigrants from mainland China are smuggled into Hong Kong. They are captured by a gang, then raped, tortured, and murdered.

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Country Teacher 2008

Country Teacher 2008

Country Teacher 2008

Country Teacher 2008
Venkovský ucitel (original title)
1h 43min | Drama, Romance | 20 March 2008 (Czechia)

Storyline:

Petr, youthful, quiet, and sensitive, comes from Prague to teach natural science in a country town. The gruff principal asks what he’s running from and predicts he’ll be gone in six months. Marie, a widow with a teen son, Lada, befriends Petr. She’s lonely. Petr does some chores at her farm and watches Lada with his weekend girlfriend, Bara. We meet Petr’s parents and understand some of why he left Prague, then Petr’s friend Mihi pays a visit and we understand more. Mihi throws a wrench in things, and Lada comes to Petr for help. Has Petr found his place in the world, but what about his nature?

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L’amore buio 2010

L'amore buio 2010

L’amore buio 2010

L’amore buio 2010
1h 50min | Drama | 3 September 2010 (Italy)

Storyline:

Set in contemporary Naples, Dark Love focuses on the consequences of the brutal rape of a young woman by three teenage boys. Ciro is the only boy who shows remorse (he confesses his role, leading to recriminations from his fellow assailants), and part of the film is devoted to his experiences in an offshore juvenile prison. Simultaneously, the film follows the faltering efforts of the victim, Irene, to put her life back together, continue studying for university, and behave with some semblance of normality with her boyfriend and family. However, Ciro starts writing letters from prison to Irene, who eventually begins to read them. The two stories have a marked difference in tone. Ciro’s experiences are unsurprisingly gritty and occasionally violent, while Irene, in a much more meditative depiction, is shown going about everyday life while still disturbed and alienated by what she has been through. The interweaving of the two stories is skillfully handled, the use of Naples as a setting is evocative, and the performances from the young protagonists are little short of astonishing. Director Antonio Capuano has created an understated, challenging and meditative film which avoids either cheap moralising or simplistic resolution.

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Temptation of the Mask 1987

Temptation of the Mask 1987

Temptation of the Mask 1987

Temptation of the Mask 1987
Kamen no yûwaku (original title)
1h 8min | Drama | December 1987 (Japan)

Storyline:

Sano plays an adopted orphan who is in love with his stepmother and repeatedly raped by his new father. When he grows up, the traumatized boy becomes an arsonist, only to find some fleeting taste of love with the male detective investigating him.

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Code of Hunting 1983

Code of Hunting 1983

Code of Hunting 1983

Code of Hunting 1983
Coto de caza (original title)
1h 49min | Crime, Thriller | January 1988 (West Germany)

Storyline:

Assumpta Serna plays a lawyer who passionately defends ‘criminal scum’. Her latest defendants though have no quarrels in singling her out as their next victim. They steal her car, find keys to her country villa and decide to rob the place at the next opportunity. Unfortunately, the lawyer’s family turns up at the villa, a struggle ensues and the husband is killed. But this is only the beginning of the nightmare…

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Dog Pound 2010

Dog Pound 2010

Dog Pound 2010

Dog Pound 2010
Not Rated | 1h 31min | Crime, Drama | 23 June 2010 (France)

Storyline:

When 17-year-old Butch is sent to the Enola Vale Youth Correctional Center in Montana for blinding an abusive correctional officer, he brings with him a deep-seated intolerance for injustices and a penchant for meting out retributions on his own. No one had better mess with him or anyone else while he’s there. Unfortunately, many do.

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