Hamoun (1990)
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Hamoun (1990)

Dariush Mehrjui鈥檚 Hamoun is a psychological comedy/drama about a bumbling Iranian intellectual, Hamid Hamoun. Trying and failing to complete a philosophical tract on love, Hamoun cannot seem to convince his wife Mashid, who is a successful artist, to love him either. Hamoun鈥檚 refusal to accept reality, or grant Mashid a divorce, is both character study and metaphor for a condition of modern urban life in Iran.

Leila (1997)
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Leila (1997)

Leila is a kind-hearted and loving woman whose marriage to Reza starts off happily. But when she learns that she is infertile, her life changes rapidly. Devastated by the news, Leila finds herself under growing pressure from Reza鈥檚 mother to let him take a second wife to bear his children, and what follows is a profound psychological study of a woman swept away on a complex emotional journey. Led by two wonderful performances by Leila Hatami (Leila) and Jamileh Sheikhi…

Gaav (1969) AKA The Cow
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Gaav (1969) AKA The Cow

This highly symbolic Iranian drama (shot in black-and-white) revolves around the most important figure in a remote rural village. That figure is the village鈥檚 sole cow, owned by Mashdi Hassan. The beginning of the film makes clear just how vital the cow is to the life of the village and how much Mashdi and his neighbors cherish it. When the cow is threatened and then killed by members of a nearby clan, Mashdi becomes so distraught that he is gradually…

Derakhte Golabi (1998) AKA The Pear Tree
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Derakhte Golabi (1998) AKA The Pear Tree

As a renowned author, Mahmoud feels pressure to compose his next great novel, but he is suffering from writer鈥檚 block. He harkens back to a happier time when he was a shy, awkward 11-year-old on his family鈥檚 lush estate in Tehran. He recalls his 14-year-old cousin, a tomboy who is nonetheless a ravishing beauty. She revels in the power that she has over him. That adolescent girl of long ago鈥攐r the memory of her鈥攂ecomes the muse that inspires him.

The Neon Bible (1995)
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The Neon Bible (1995)

While on a train, a teenage boy thinks about his life and the flamboyant aunt whose friendship acted as an emotional shield from his troubled family. This film evokes the haunting quality of memory while creating a heartfelt portrait of a boy鈥檚 life in a rural 1940s Southern town

Pro urodov i lyudey (1998) AKA Of Freaks and Men
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Pro urodov i lyudey (1998) AKA Of Freaks and Men

St. Petersburg, early 20th century. The handsome and secretive Johann specializes in shooting erotic pictures depicting the floggings of bare-bottomed…

Gabbeh (1996)
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Gabbeh (1996)

An elderly couple go about their routine of cleaning their gabbeh (a intricately-designed rug), while bickering gently with each other….

Dongchun de rizi (1993) AKA The Days
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Dongchun de rizi (1993) AKA The Days

The Days follows the life of Dong and Chun, married artists who have recently graduated from the Beijing Art Institute….

Te (1963) AKA You
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Te (1963) AKA You

Fifth short film directed by Istv谩n Szab贸. It was presented at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won a Special…

Gouttes d鈥檈au sur pierres br没lantes (2000) AKA Water Drops on Burning Rocks
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Gouttes d鈥檈au sur pierres br没lantes (2000) AKA Water Drops on Burning Rocks

A wry and comic look at the shifting of power in sexual relationships, Francois Ozon鈥檚 film is adapted from a…

Turks fruit (1973) AKA Turkish Delight
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Turks fruit (1973) AKA Turkish Delight

In Paul Verhoeven鈥檚 sexual psychodrama Turkish Delight 鈥 an adaptation of Jan Wolkers鈥 best-selling erotic novel 鈥 Rutger Hauer is…

Kasaba (1997) AKA The Small Town
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Kasaba (1997) AKA The Small Town

Told from the perspective of two children, The Small Town describes the relationship between members of an extended family in…

Jardim de Guerra (1968)
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Jardim de Guerra (1968)

Edson is having an affair with actress Maria do Ros谩rio, who dreams of being a movie director. So he tries…