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Last updated January 24, 2021

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The Intouchables

2011 | NR | 4.4 out of 5 Stars

Based on a true story, a quadriplegic aristocrat's world is turned upside down when he hires a young, good-humored ex-con as his caretaker. This unlikely duo overcomes adversity of every flavor as they shatter preconceptions of love, life and each other.
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Amelie

2001 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

When impish Amélie finds a long-hidden trove of toys behind a baseboard in her apartment, she's inspired to return the items to their original owner, an impulse of generosity that sparks more benevolent acts.
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Sarah's Key

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Paris, 1942: To protect her brother from the police arresting Jewish families, a young girl hides him away, promising to come back for him. Sixty-seven years later, her story intertwines with that of an American journalist investigating the roundup.
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The Red Balloon

1956 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

A young Parisian boy (Pascal Lamorisse) finds a balloon -- or does the balloon find him? Together, boy and balloon wander the streets of Montmartre and the adjacent neighborhoods, encountering adults and gangs of local kids as the balloon becomes the boy's inseparable companion. Directed by Albert Lamorisse (who won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar), the fanciful 34-minute film also won a special BAFTA Award.
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The Hedgehog

2009 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Fed up with the world's hypocrisy, an 11-year-old makes plans to commit suicide on the eve of her 12th birthday. But an unlikely bond with her building's concierge and an older, elegant resident stands to alter her outlook on everything.
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Haute Cuisine

2013 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Based on real characters and lives, this food-rich drama recounts Hortense Laborie's experiences as personal chef for the president of France. After reluctantly accepting the job, Hortense braves the intimidating atmosphere of the Elysee Palace.
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The Count of Monte Cristo

1998 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Gérard Depardieu stars as the French sailor Edmond Dantes in this faithful adaptation of Alexandre Dumas's classic adventure tale. Wrongly imprisoned in the formidable Château d'If for 18 years, Dantes learns of buried treasure from a fellow inmate.
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The Artist

2011 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Winner of five Oscars, this artful black-and-white silent film follows the romance between a silent-era superstar on a downward spiral and a rising young starlet who embraces the future of cinema at the dawn of the "talkies."
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The Count of Monte Cristo

1998 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Gérard Depardieu stars as the French sailor Edmond Dantes in this faithful adaptation of Alexandre Dumas's classic adventure tale. Wrongly imprisoned in the formidable Château d'If for 18 years, Dantes learns of buried treasure from a fellow inmate.
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Populaire

2013 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

In this romantic comedy set in the 1950s, a smooth-talking insurance agent is so impressed with his secretary's skills that he encourages her to enter speed-typing competitions. He also invites her to live in his mansion, and romance slowly blooms.
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Dog Pound

2010 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

At a spirit-crushing juvenile correctional facility, teenage offenders Butch, Davis and Angel desperately struggle to steer clear of trouble while simultaneously confronting violent challenges from aggressive inmates and abusive adults.
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Romantics Anonymous

2010 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Love and chocolates may yet win the day in this delightful romantic comedy, which follows the slow-burn romance of talented chocolatier Angélique and chocolate-factory owner Jean-René, lonely souls who secretly share a debilitating anxiety disorder.
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The Well-Digger's Daughter

2011 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Pascale, a widowed laborer, lives in Provence, raising five daughters alone until his eldest daughter returns home to help care for her sisters. But a young pilot and the approaching shadow of World War I change Pascale's hopes for the future.
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Day of the Falcon

2011 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

To find peace after a long and bloody war, two kings declared a large piece of desert, the Yellow Belt, neutral territory, which neither king can claim. But when it is discovered that there is oil in the Yellow Belt, one king breaks the peace treaty and begins drilling for oil.
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Les Miserables

2000 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

This adaption of the classic novel by Victor Hugo stars Gerard Depardieu as Jean Valjean, a Frenchman jailed for 19 years for stealing bread. Though he finds redemption and turns his life around, Valjean must still elude police inspector Javert.
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Les Miserables

2000 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Gérard Depardieu leads a star-studded cast in this TV miniseries, starring as Jean Valjean, a former prisoner who reinvents himself as a wealthy benefactor -- but whose past continues to hound him in the form of the heartless Inspector Javert.
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The Concert

2009 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Russian maestro Andrey seizes a chance to reunite his orchestra and reclaim his life 30 years after politics destroyed his career. After intercepting an invitation sent to the Bolshoi, he gathers a ragtag band of ex-colleagues to realize his dream.
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Korkoro

2009 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Based on the real-life experiences of a Gypsy family living in Nazi-occupied France, this poignant drama explores the broader definition of freedom through the eyes of characters who see permanency as punishment.
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Carlos

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Ilich Ramírez Sánchez -- aka Carlos the Jackal -- is an elusive Venezuelan terrorist who executed scores of assassination plots, abductions and bombings across Europe and the Middle East. This biopic follows Carlos from 1973 to 1994.
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Carlos: Miniseries

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Over the course of two decades, an elusive Venezuelan terrorist pulls off assassination plots, abductions and bombings across Europe and the Middle East and carries out devastating acts of politically motivated violence.
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Queen to Play

2009 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Intrigued by a pair of vacationing lovers playing chess, hotel maid Hélène sets her sights on mastering the game. With some coaching from a doctor who employs her services, Hélène hones her chess skills and begins to notice big changes in her life.
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A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

2011 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

A random connection blossoms into love in this drama about Tal, a recent arrival to Israel, who witnesses a cafe bombing that traumatizes her. In response, Tal writes a heartfelt letter that follows an unlikely path to Naim, a young Palestinian.
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Carlos: Miniseries

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Spanning two decades, this Golden Globe-winning miniseries follows Venezuelan terrorist Carlos the Jackal as he carries out assassination plots, abductions, bombings and other acts of politically motivated violence across Europe and the Middle East.
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Himalaya

1999 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

As the denizens of a Tibetan village prepare for their arduous annual trek to exchange salt for grain, the community's allegiances are split between the aging chieftain Tinle (Thilen Lhondup) and rebellious young Karma (Gurgon Kyap). Tinle tries to maintain his clout and preserve obedience to ancient customs when Karma challenges the old man's power. Director Eric Valli's mesmerizing tale received an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Language Film.
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A Gang Story

2011 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Edmond and Serge became friends in prison, and formed a gang of infamous bank robbers in the 1970s that disbanded in 1974 with an arrest. Retired at 60, Edmond now tends to his family and has found peace -- but then Serge comes back into the picture.
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