2007, IFC Films, 142 min, Korea, Dir: Lee Chang-dong

The magnificent Jeon Do-yeon (THE HOUSEMAID) plays recently widowed Shin-ae, who moves with her young son to the town of her late husband's childhood, where she befriends a cheerful car mechanic (Song Kang-ho, THE HOST, MEMORIES OF MURDER). In the midst of starting anew in seemingly the most ordinary of settings, an unthinkable, horrendous tragedy occurs which completely upends the delicate balance of Shin-ae’s life. Winner of Best Actress and nominated for the Golden Palm at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. In Korean with English subtitles.

"To praise the perfection of SECRET SUNSHINE would be to risk misrepresenting its main virtue, which is its attention to minor infelicities and inconveniences as well as to unspeakable crimes and intolerable heartaches. It is a great movie, by a major figure in world cinema." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"Fresh from attending a pre–Cannes Film Festival press screening of South Korean director Lee Chang-Dong’s SECRET SUNSHINE, I correctly predicted that, regardless of the competition, Lee’s star, Jeon Do-Yeon, would walk off with the Cannes jury’s Best Actress prize. It’s that kind of performance," - Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly.

1974, Joseph Green Pictures, 105 min, France, Dir: Bertrand Tavernier

In Bertrand Tavernier’s directorial debut, the actor who would come to be known as his “alter ego,” Philippe Noiret, stars as a father in silent denial of his son’s criminal activity, which ranges from destructive to heinous. A clear-eyed critique of the moral corrosion that lurks under - and is fed by - the bourgeois lifestyle. In French with English subtitles.

2010, The Weinstein Company, 118 min, Dir: Tom Hooper

Colin Firth stars as King George V, the reluctant and severely stuttering monarch faced with the challenge of bringing guidance and hope to pre-World War II Britain. When George enlists the help of an eccentric and unconventional speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush), he must confront his own stubbornness, pride and fear of failure, as well as the looming likelihood of war against a very well-spoken opponent: Hitler. An amazingly intimate portrait of the burden of being king. With Helena Bonham Carter.

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