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Human Resources

This powerful social drama by Laurent Cantet (The Class) asks, What would you do if you had to sack your own father?  A graduate of a prestigious business school comes back to live with his parents for a work experience at the factory where his father has been working for 30 years. He's in the Human Resources department and thinks he can make a difference on the way the management deals with the negotiations on working time reduction. Until he finds out that his work is a smoke screen for a restructuration plan that involves laying off 12 employees, including his father.


The Vicious Kind

An edgy comedy-drama focusing on a love triangle between two brothers. Caleb meets his younger brother Peter's new girlfriend over Thanksgiving weekend. Bitter about a break up, Caleb tries to convince his brother that the new girlfriend will cause him nothing but pain, however, soon finds himself falling for her. Stars J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Adam Scott (Hot Tub Time Machine 2), Brittany Snow and Alex Frost.


Storm

A prosecutor for the UN International Criminal Court in The Hague, charges a former Serbian general of war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia in the mid-90s. However, her cracks appear in her main witness' story, so the court sends a team to Bosnia to investigate. A riveting and powerful legal thriller looking at the aftermath of the Bosnian war, which was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival. 


The Four

During the reign of Emperor Huizong in the late Northern Song Dynasty, four martial arts superheroes (Emotionless, Iron Hands, Life Snatcher and Cold Blood), combat a group of counterfeiters. The government department known as the Six Panels appoints their best officer to infiltrate a special force called the Divine Constabulary. 


Ip Man: The Final Fight

Director Herman Yau takes on the legendary Ip Man, played here by Hong Kong star Anthony Wong. This time, we  follow the Wing Chun martial arts master in his later life, as he finds himself sick and alone in Hong Kong. As he reluctantly begins a series of challenges from rival kung fu schools, Ip Man is drawn into the dark and dangerous world of the Triads. But the old dog will prove he still has a few tricks up his sleeve.


The Killing of John Lennon

A dramatisation of the life of Mark Chapman, the man who murdered John Lennon after requesting an autograph outside his apartment building in 1980. The movie looks at the three months leading up to the murder, as the delusional Chapman obsesses about J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in The Rye.


Life During Wartime

This loose sequel to the movie Happiness (but with different actors) by acclaimed independent director Todd Solondz, follows the tribulations 10 years later of the Jordan sisters. Joy, whose husband Allen still struggles with addicition, seeks a bit of comfort with her mother and sisters Trish and Helen, who also have to deal with their own issues. Trish, whose husband is a convicted pedophile, tries to find love again with Harvey, an older, divorced man. Helen, despite becoming a successful screenwriter in Hollywood, is still unhappy.

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Uneasy Riders

At a home for the physically handicapped, 50-year old Rene suffers from a wasting disease and has become bitter and aggressive. But his cynicism proves useless against the compassion of his young nurse. Rene confides to her his desire is to make love and she sets out to find him a lover from the prostitutes who work the highway. A movie that is both touching and funny about the still-taboo subject of disability and sexuality.


17 rue Bleue

Five years after fleeing from Algeria in 1967, Adda lives at 17 rue Bleue in Paris, with her two children and her two sisters. She is in a relationship with Merlin, her boss, who provides a comfortable lifestyle to the whole family. When Merlin dies, their lives are turned upside down. Adda fights desperately to get her share of her late lover's fortune, and soon falls into a downward spiral of self-destruction and madness, shifting all her responsibilities onto her elder son's shoulders. A largely autobiographical movie by director Chad Chenouga.


Midnight

A young man who refuses to spend the end of the 20th century in prison has to murder his best friend to earn his freedom. A young woman suddenly left alone by the man she loves wants to commit suicide. When they meet by chance at midnight on a rooftop overlooking Copacabana Beach, they find a new hope in each other. One of the earlier works by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries, On the Road) and Daniela Thomas, initially part of a series of shorts from 10 different countries about the new millemium.

 

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