Julie Davis – Amy’s Orgasm AKA Amy’s O (2001)

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From IMDB:
Amy is Jewish, nearing 30, single, and the successful author of “Why Love Doesn’t Work,” a self-help book for women who aren’t in love. She’s also a self-described sexorexic – she hasn’t had sex with a man in four years and has never had a “mental orgasm.” She gets plenty of advice – from her publicist, from her best friends (a married couple), from her parents, and from a priest to whom she goes to confession – so there’s lots of conflicting emotion and analysis when she starts dating Matthew Starr, a good-looking playboy who’s a popular L.A. male-chauvinist-pig radio shock jock. Each of Amy’s theories and rules is put to the test – people may not change, but can love work? Read More »

Jean Cocteau – Les parents terribles AKA The Storm Within (1948)

In a grand apartment, where the disorder of an elderly couple and the order of old aunt Léonie are mixed together, Michel is the pampered child of this strange “roulotte” who seems to be rolling away from the world. Yvonne idolizes her son so much she forgets her husband. She would even forget herself if she did not have to take care of his insulin treatment. When Michel sleeps out for the first time, he vows to his mother (who he nicknames “Sophie”) that he loves Madeleine, a young woman who he wishes to present to her. At first reticent, then jealous and exclusive, Yvonne ends up capitulating before her son’s sorrow and his sister Léonie’s insistence. In the meantime, we discover that Madeleine already has an “old” lover who she wants to break up with, who is none other than Georges, Michel’s father. Aunt Léo attempts to bring order to this tragic comedy of life. (Wiki) Read More »

Mischa Kamp – LelleBelle (2010)

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Quote:
19-year old violinist Belle lives in a small farming village in the Netherlands. Everyone around her seems obsessed with sex: her boyfriend, her sister and especially her mother. But Belle’s only interest is her violin, and she is put off by the constant flirting and mating of her peers. Read More »

Zelimir Zilnik – Stara škola kapitalizma AKA The Old School of Capitalism (2009)

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The Old School of Capitalism is rooted in the first wave of workers revolts to hit Serbia since the advent of capitalism. Desperate workers bulldoze through factory gates and are devastated to discover the site looted by the bosses. Eccentrically escalating confrontations, including a melee with workers in football shoulder-pads and helmets and boss and his security force in bulletproof vests, prove fruitless. Committed young anarchists offer solidarity, take the bosses hostage. A Russian tycoon, a Wall Street trader and US VP Biden’s visit to Belgrade unexpectedly complicate events that lead toward a final shock. Along the way, the film produces an increasingly complex and yet unfailingly lively account of present-day, in fact, up-to-the-minute struggles under the misery-inducing effects of both local and global capital. Read More »

Nakaba Ueda – Jûnen ai aka 10 Years Love (2008)

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Plot / Synopsis

17-year-old soccer team manager roots hard for her high school crush Hiroya Takagi to score the winning goal in the prefectural conference semi-final, but he makes a crucial mistake during a penalty kick and loses the game. Mari feels bad for Hiroya, who’s quickly labeled a loser by the rest of the school, and decides to give her virginity away to him even though she knows he doesn’t love her back.

Hiroya leaves town before graduating, and Mari decides to search for him. Following his trail, she winds up taking a hostess job in the red light district of Shinjuki, which eventually leads her into prostitution. After giving up everything for love, will Mari ever be reunited with Hiroya? Read More »

Zbynek Brynych – …a páty jezdec je Strach aka The Fifth Horseman is Fear (1965)

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Renata Alder, The New York Times wrote:
So beautifully and thoughtfully made — well written and acted, shot with perfect economy and care—that one is almost surprised at the end to be very much moved by the substance of it.” Read More »

Shinya Tsukamoto – Akumu tantei aka Nightmare Detective (2006)

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Plot:
In a big city, a wave of suicides catches fire. The modus operandi is always the same: the victims wildly stab themselves to death, cut their own throats and butcher themselves beyond recognition, without any apparent reason. The only thing the dead have in common is the phone number they call just before they perish at their own hand. Keiko, a crack policewoman, takes it upon herself to solve the case. Soon enough she reaches the conclusion that someone is entering the victims’ dreams and persuading them to take their own lives. She appeals to Kyoichi, a man known as a nightmare detective who can enter the dreams of others, to help. When Wakimaya, one of Keiko’s colleagues, falls victim to the killer, Keiko takes the risk and dials the number, though she knows that she may well be the next suicide on the list. Read More »