CONTEMPT
LE MEPRIS
1963, Rialto Pictures, 103 min, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

The brilliantly vivid color palette is almost as ravishing as Brigitte Bardot in this masterpiece by Jean-Luc Godard. Bardot plays Camille, a woman whose marriage to her screenwriter husband comes to a swift, inevitable end over the course of a day on the Isle of Capri. With a score of aching beauty by Georges Delerue. In French with English subtitles.


BIUTIFUL
2010, 147 min, France, Dir: Alejandro González Iñárritu

This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who's sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate that works against him in order to forgive, for love, and forever.


IN A BETTER WORLD
HÆVNEN
2010, 119 min, Denmark, Dir: Susanne Bier

Anton (Mikael Persbrandt, 2012’s THE HOBBIT), a doctor who tends to abused pregnant women in an African refugee camp, commutes from his home in quiet Denmark. When his older son Elias is defended from bullying by classmate Christian, Elias is exposed to ideas of violence and vengeance from which his pacifist father has always sheltered him. The boys quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy. A proponent of Dogme 95, director Susanne Bier (THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE) employs vérité technique to evoke strong emotion, resulting in "a gripping meditation on the choices between pacificism and violence that are faced in so-called civilized society as well as extreme Third World situations." – Mike Goodridge, Screen International

In Danish with English subtitles


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