An unlikely band of loyalists unite to protect the family of a deposed general from an evil order of martial-artist eunuchs. Hu infuses the combat with such wit and detail that the taunts and egos become as thrilling as the choreography.
Spend the holiday with a courtesan and Jack the Ripper in Frank Wedekind’s story of a vaudevillian irresistible to men and women alike, whose actions come to a head on Christmas Eve. Louise Brooks’s Lulu is so vibrant and infectious that we root for her even as those around her crumble.
Astride a motorcycle with a bull-horned skull for handlebars, a young couple tools around Dakar, looking for their meal ticket to Paris. Mambéty pays tribute to the too-cool rebels of BREATHLESS, but creates his own wild, completely unique style of visual narrative.
A Syrian refugee seeking asylum in Helsinki falls in with a restaurateur and his bumbling staff. Despite its deadpan comedy and the occasional moment of generosity, the film ultimately refuses to minimize the repercussions of war amid a cruel and indifferent system.
The circle is not round.
A monk exiled for sheltering a fugitive; an editor in a crumbling marriage; a grizzled photojournalist returning to a lost love. Three love stories seep into each other in this reflection on great beauty in the face of cyclical violence.
The Bri-terion Collection
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