Who would have thought a film about the impact of divorce could be done again in an original, humorous, and moving way? It hit a nerve in this child of divorce.
Movie Genre: Drama
In a delightfully uplifting and symbolic story, redemption abounds, fun is had, and everyone's spirits are raised.
One of the final scripts by Akira Kurosawa but directed by Kei Kumai after Kurosawa's death, this is beautifully filmed, very symbolic, and a more Japanese look at geisha than Memoirs of a Geisha.
History lesson? Commentary on censorship, corporate news control, and government gone awry? Unfortunately, this story is all too familiar.
The episodic format is reminiscent of Robert Altman's films, such as Shortcuts, which is beginning to feel a little stale, but certain scenes in Nine Lives make it worth a watch. The last sketch with Glenn Close is haunting.
You'll need 6 extra hours to devote to this Italian family epic, well worth it. Two idealistic brothers and one incident that sends them on divergent paths resulting in a tale of love and loss that will grip you.
While the acting caused me some pain, the story is moving and shattering, really bringing home the tragedy of the war in Iraq. The symbolism runs deep in this Kurdish film about children behaving in adult roles under both Saddam and Bush.
This is a wild ride through the Budapest underground, a dark, sometimes comic, sometimes frightening, world of subway riders, ticket controllers, and other odd birds.
Yes, this may be the same role Bill Murray has played a few times recently and you might wonder what kind of journey his character is taking, but he's still great and the journey is worth the ride.
This Spanish melodrama captures the intensity of adolescent passions, sexual, religious, and otherwise.
Billed as a comedy but not very funny, this French film portrays family and social dynamics in a way that you've either experienced or witnessed.
This movie doesn't move very quickly so you need to be in a patient mood to appreciate its depth and charm. Based on a true story, four young children are abandoned by their mother in Tokyo and figure out ways to get by while people right and left turn a blind eye. The child actors are...
Such a magical, beautiful film. Two men travel to a remote part of China in search of jade and find themselves and life instead.
This is a sweet German film about Schultze who goes from a somewhat somber polka playing life in Germany to a life of Zydeco love in Louisiana.
Wow, this is one quirky movie, full of strange and yet completely ordinary characters, who move in and out of each other's lives in sometimes bizarre ways. Not for the sensitive.
Crash is a harsh and clever look at race dynamics in modern America. The characters dramatically crash into each other in ways that seem extreme but on closer look should be familiar to us all.
Nominated for and winner of several film awards, this difficult film puts you inside the Berlin bunker with Hitler, Goebbels, Eva Braun, and other Nazis during the last few days of their lives. It's hard to swallow and yet compelling to watch.
Make sure you've taken your Prozac before sitting down to watch Sean Penn demonstrate how far off course circumstance and mental health issues can lead an average joe. It's nearly too much to bear.
A fabulous fable for the whole family with a fascinating look at modern life in the South Mongolian Gobi Desert make this a film worth watching.
Recommended by friends as a film that should be on Michelle's picks...this is a delightful German film about the love of Martha for food and eventually family and friends.
Sweet, sad and charming, this film portrays a family during the end of East v. West in Germany. It's mostly about a boy's endless devotion to his mother amidst her ceaseless devotion to East German socialism.
Not a big fan of Scrubs? Don't worry. This is a very different Zach Braff in a beautiful film about coming home, growing up, and coming to terms with yourself and your life. Pain is a part of life; joy is a part of life. This life is all you have.
Eleven Jim Jarmusch vignettes that somehow relate to each other through coffee and cigarettes and a couple other fun recurring themes.
Not just another funny, feel-good, look-how-miserable-my-family-is Thanksgiving flick. It has all that but also manages to show the true pain families can inflict as well as the deep human need for family connection. It is funny, too.
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