2014, 90 min, Belgium/Luxembourg/France, Dir: Bernard Bellefroid

Though hairdresser Melody (Lucie Debay) is living hand-to-mouth, she has always dreamed of opening her own salon. She may find the means to do that through Emily (Rachael Blake), a successful executive twenty years Melody’s senior who wants a child and is seeking a surrogate mother. But what begins as a simple business arrangement grows into something more in this thoughtful (and beautifully acted) drama about the meaning of family. In French, English and Ukrainian with English subtitles.

2011, Sundance Selects, 104 min, Australia, Dir: Julia Leigh

Reckless college student Lucy (Emily Browning in an arresting performance, somnambulistic and quietly despairing) has a careening, precarious lifestyle, juggling various degrading day jobs while seating herself at a dimly lit bar in the after-hours, numbly agreeing to meaningless trysts with the patrons. When she accepts a high-paying position at a specialized brothel, headed by exacting madame Clara (Rachael Blake) and requiring its prostitutes to be drugged into slumber while impotent older men lie with them, the seemingly shock-absorbent Lucy reaches her breaking point. Julia Leigh’s remarkably visionary directorial debut is a hypnotically bleak, nightmarishly kinky portrait of a young woman on the verge of sobering self-discovery, at once recalling Stanley Kubrick’s EYES WIDE SHUT and Luis Bunuel’s BELLE DE JOUR.

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