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The Secret of the Grain (La Graine et le mulet) [2007]

151m; France

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche

Cast: Habib Boufares, Hafsia Herzi, Farida Benkhetache, Farida Benkhetache, Abdelhamid Aktouche, Leila D’Issernio

Synopsis: An idiosyncratic story about life, ambitions, frustrations, courage and indolence among North African migrant families in the south of France. After he’s laid off from the shipbuilding wharf, the ageing Slimane wants to start a restaurant on a ship.

Contact: International Film Festival Rotterdam Production Department: Distributor: Pathe: Catherine MONTOUCHET:



Strike (Strajk – Die Heldin von Danzig) [2006]

104m; Poland/Germany

Director: Volker Schlöndorff

Cast: Katharina Thalbach, Andrzej Chyra and Dominique Horwitz

Synopsis: Shows the beginnings of Poland’s Solidarity movement through the little-known figure of Anna Walentynowicz. The latest film from the director of The Tin Drum tells the true story of an ordinary woman who helped spark a revolution in Poland. Shipyard welder Agnieszka (Katharina Thalbach), concerned about dangerous working conditions, speaks up to no avail. After an accident kills several employees and their families are denied pension benefits, she steps up her activities, becoming a union leader and powerful adviser to Lech Walesa, laying the foundation for the Solidarity movement.



Last Train Home (2009)

82m; China/Canada

Director: Lixin Fan

Synopsis: Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos, as all at once, a tidal wave of humanity attempts to return home by train. It is the Chinese New Year. The wave is made up of millions of migrant factory workers. The homes they seek are the rural villages and families they left behind to seek work in the booming coastal cities. It is an epic spectacle that tells us much about China, a country discarding traditional ways as it hurtles towards modernity and global economic dominance.  Last Train Home, an emotionally engaging and visually beautiful debut film from Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan, draws us into the fractured lives of a single migrant family caught up in this desperate annual migration.

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Live-In Maid (2004)

83m; Argentina

Director: Jorge Gaggero

Cast: Norma Aleandro, Norma Argentina and Marcos Mundstock

Synopsis (IMDB): A wealthy woman and her live-in housekeeper must adjust their entrenched routine and relationship when Buenos Aires is plunged into economic crisis.,


How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)

121m; U.S.

Director: David Swift

Cast: Robert Morse, Michele Lee and Rudy Vallee

Synopsis: Armed with a “How to…” manual, an ambitious window washer seeks to climb the corporate ladder.


Gigante (2009)

84m; Uruguay

Director: Adrián Biniez

Cast: Horacio Camandule, Leonor Svarcas and Ignacio Alcuri

Synopsis: A chronicle of a supermarket security guard’s obsession with a late-shift janitor.


Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (2008)

83m; U.S.

Director: Nancy D. Kates, Bennett Singer

Synopsis: Biography of Bayard Rustin, a socialist and pacifist activist involved in labor struggles and who became a key adviser to Martin Luther King, Jr. (including serving as the lead organizer for the 1963 March on Washington).  Film also explores the constant conflicts Rustin was forced into given treatment of homosexuals.



Brassed Off (1996)

101m; U.K.

Director: Mark Herman

Cast: Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald, Ewan McGregor, Jim Carter, Sue Johnston, Stephen Moore, Ken Colley, Grimethorpe Colliery Band

Synopsis (IMDB): Laid-off miners in 90’s England. “A small Yorkshire mining town is threatened with being shut down and the only hope for the town’s men is to enter their Grimley Colliery Brass Band into a national competition. They believe they have no hope until Gloria (Tara Fitzgerald) appears carrying her Flugelhorn. At first mocked for being a woman, she soon becomes the only chance for the band to win. In joining the band she puts her relationship with her childhood sweetheart Andy (Ewan McGregor) on the line.”



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Billy Elliot (2000)

110m; UK

Director: Stephen Daldry

Cast: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters and Jean Heywood

Synopsis (IMDB): County Durham, during the endless, violent 1984 strike against the Thatcher closure of British coal mines. Widower Jackie Elliot and his firstborn, fellow miner Tony, take a dim view of 11 year-old second son Billy’s poor record in boxing class, which worsens when they discover he sneakily transferred to the neighboring, otherwise girls-only-attended ballet class. Only one schoolmate, closet-gay Michael Caffrey, encourages Billy’s desire, aroused by the teacher, who judged him talented enough for private lesson, to train and try out for the world-renowned Royal Ballet audition. Only the prospect of a fancy career unimagined in the pauper quarter may twist pa and big brother’s opposition to indispensable support.




Adventureland (2009)

107m; U.S.

Director: Greg Mottola

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds

Synopsis: A comedy set in the summer of 1987 and centered around a recent college grad (Eisenberg) who takes a nowhere job at his local amusement park, only to find it’s the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.

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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Comedy, Netflix Watch Instantly