Richard Linklater – Boyhood (2014) (HD)

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In 2002, six-year-old Mason Evans, Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) and his older sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) live with their single mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) in Texas. Mason overhears Olivia arguing with her boyfriend, saying she has no free time.

Olivia moves the family so she can attend the University of Houston, complete her degree, and get professional work. In Houston, Mason’s father, Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke), takes the children bowling. When he drops them off at home, he argues with Olivia while Mason and Samantha watch from a window.

In 2004, Olivia takes Mason to one of her classes, introducing him to her professor, Bill Welbrock (Marco Perella). Olivia and Bill marry and blend their two families, including Bill’s two children from a previous marriage. Olivia continues her education and is supportive of Bill’s strict parenting style. However, Bill becomes abusive as alcoholism takes over his life. After he assaults Olivia and endangers the children, Olivia moves the family into a friend’s house and files for divorce. Continue reading

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Selim Gunes – Kar Beyaz AKA White As Snow (2010)

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The movie takes the audience on a journey through time by throwing light on the vicious cycle of an era, taking place at the beginning of the seventies. The director gives life to the story on screen by telling the story of a child, Hasan, who in the dilemma of poverty and deprivation of a small village is bound to life by the love to his mother. It shows, Hasan struggling to earn money by selling ‘ayran’ and how people around him sort out their problems with their own lives. (IMDb) Continue reading

Nikos Papatakis – Oi voskoi AKA The Shepherds of Calamity (1967)

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The calamity that struck a young shepherd and the daughter of a landowner who were denied the possibility of getting married due to class distinctions. A vitriolic criticism of reactionary mores in Greece of Colonels’ dictatorship, combining cruelty, amour fou and lyricism.
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Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub – Trop tôt/Trop tard AKA Too Early, Too Late (1982)

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D’après La Question paysanne en France et en Allemagne et une lettre à karl Kautsky de Friedrich Engels et de La lutte des classes en Egyptes de 1945 à 1968 de Mahmoud Hussein.

Film en deux parties dont la première est consacrée à la France, la seconde à l’Egypte. Sur les images de la campagne bretonne est lu un texte de Hengels décrivant la misère des paysans en 1789. Pour l’Egypte, c’est un texte de l’historien Mahmoud Hussein sur la lutte des classes dans ce pays depuis Bonaparte jusqu’au règne de Sadate. Continue reading

Júlio Bressane – Filme de Amor (2003)

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Two Girls and a Guy meets An Affair of Love in this erotic melodrama from the venerable Brazilian auteur Julio Bressane. The aptly-titled A Love Movie focuses on three philandering characters in Rio de Janerio who gather to discuss and philosophize on the subject of love, occasionally putting their theories into practice over the course of various trysts. Shot in black-and-white and color, A Love Movie premiered in the Director’s Fortnight segment of the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.~ Michael Hastings Continue reading

Philippe Garrel – Elle a Passé Tant d’Heures Sous les Sunlights… AKA She Spent So Many Hours Under the Sun Lamps (1985)

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Faceted, fragmented, and oneiric, Philippe Garrel’s Elle a passé tant d’heures sous les sunlights… (She Spent So Many Hours Under the Sun Lamps) is more exorcism than expurgation, elegy than lamentation – an abstract, yet lucid chronicle of love and loss, death and birth sublimated through textural, self-reflexive impressions, visceral gestures, and metaphoric tableaux. A profoundly personal film dedicated to the memory of friend and fellow filmmaker (and May 68 idealist) Jean Eustache, and haunted by the unreconciled specter of Garrel’s failed relationship with Nico, the film opens to a crepuscular image of a couple – perhaps an actor and his lover (Jacques Bonnaffé and Anne Wiazemsky) as apparent surrogates for Garrel and Nico … more on SFS Continue reading

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