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Things are cooling down out there. It's a perfect time to pull out the blankets and watch some movies. Below is a list of some new and noteworthy DVD's that have recently arrived at Greenwich Library.


Click for availability and more information At the Gate of the Ghost, directed by ML Bhandevanop Devakul
 
First of all, in a move that was sure to get films buffs up in arms, it should be noted that this is a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, which has long been considered a masterpiece. Attempting a re-make was fraught with peril. It was certainly obvious that director, ML Bhandevanop Devakul, knew of these perils when he decided to stay relatively in line with the original. A reviewer at Japan Cinema seemed ready and eager to dislike the film but, in the end drops his fists and is won over, conceding " If you are a fan of Kurosawa, however, you might want to give this a look to see his masterpiece through the eyes of another director." 


Click for availability and more information Fred Won't Move Out, directed by Richard Ledes
 
With levity and sadness, two grown children and their aging parents struggle with the decision whether the older generation should stay in the house where they have lived for fifty years. Shot in the house where the director's parents lived for close to fifty years shortly after they moved out, the film's semi-autobiographical story is acted by a small ensemble cast led by Elliot Gould.

In the New York Times review critic Stephen Holden states "The movie gets almost everything right about the uncomfortable moment when grown children are forced to be their parents' parents" 


Click for availability and more information Going by the Book , directed by La Hee-Chan
 
Sam-po is a small town with a major problem. Its banks are increasingly targeted by armed robbers, and local law enforcement's efforts to address the issue have been nonexistent. Incoming police chief Lee Seung-woo initiates an ambitious plan to send a message to the criminals and win the confidence of the townspeople. Every member of his force will participate in a bank robbery simulation, unscripted training involving bank personnel and customers, plus a lone cop playing the role of the crook. By-the-book patrolman Jung Do-manis dismayed to find he has been personally selected for this role. But when the dedicated officer is told to "do his best," what was meant to be a simple role-playing exercise quickly spirals into a nationally televised event.

Subversively hilarious, this film was released theatrically way back in 2007 but is just now seeing it's DVD release in the U.S. 


Click for availability and more information I Killed My Mother, directed by Xavier Dolan
 
First of all, don't worry, this isn't a film about matricide. It is, however, a movie about the complex relationship between a single mother and her teenage son. Directed by 20 year Xavier Dolan (he wrote it when he was a teenager!) The film attracted international press attention when it won three awards from the Director's Fortnight program at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. After being shown, the film received an eight-minute standing ovation. It was also a New York TImes critic pick when it was released theatrically in the US earlier this year. You can read the glowing New York Times review here and watch an interview with the director as well. 


Click for availability and more information Johnny Guitar, directed by Nicholas Ray
 
Saloon owner Vienna battles the local townspeople headed by Emma, the local sexually repressed, lynch-happy female rancher out to frame her for a string of robberies. Johnny Logan is a guitar-strumming drifter with a dark past who was once in love with Vienna and has been offered a job in her saloon.

In this bizarre Western that manages to transcend the genre the women are far tougher than the men and some critics have viewed it as an allegory for the McCarthy era Red Scare. The lead cast, Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden and an absolutely twisted Mercedes McCambridge are all amazing. The usually straight-laced film critic Leonard Maltin called this movie "the screens great kinky western." 


Click for availability and more information Life is Sweet, directed by Mike Leigh
 
Directed by the master Mike Leigh, this film, originally released in 1990 is a portrait of a working-class family in a suburb just north of London, an irrepressible mum and dad and their night-and-day twins, a bookish good girl and a sneering lay about.

Leigh made many films in the UK prior to this but "Life is Sweet" was the film that broke him in the United States and has now received a deluxe re-issue courtesy of the folks at Criterion. The film is both tragic and funny and features great performances from Leigh regular Jim Broadbent and by Jane Horrocks as the bitter and reclusive Nicola. Mike Rogers, writing on rogerebert.com, calls this re-issue a "cause for celebration."

Click for availability and more information Lore, directed by Cate Shortland
 
Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, staunch Nazi believers, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. Led by the eldest sibling, 14-year old Lore, they set out on a journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north. After meeting the charismatic Thomas, a mysterious young refugee, Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire as she must learn to trust the one person she has always been taught to hate in order to survive.

Director Cate Shortland talks more about the film here in a New York Times interview. Stephen Holden's review from the same paper is here


Click for availability and more information Obselidia, directed by Diane Bell
 
George is a librarian who in his spare time poses as a door-to-door encyclopedia salesman as he writes The Obselidia, a compendium of obsolete things. George believes that love, among other things, is obsolete. In his quest to document nearly extinct occupations, he befriends Sophie, a beautiful cinema projectionist who works at a silent movie theater. Sophie believes that nothing is obsolete as long as someone loves it. This quiet and somewhat quirky film won the 2010 Sundance Film Festival's Alfred P. Sloan Prize, awarded each year to an outstanding film focusing on science or technology, or featuring a major character who is a scientist, engineer or mathematician.


Click for availability and more information Reality, directed by Matteo Garrone
 
A darkly comic look at Luciano, a charming and affable fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on the reality show Big Brother leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. So overcome by his dream of being on reality TV, Luciano's own reality begins to spiral out of control. Garrone approaches the story with a light heart, part fable, part satire. The film won the 45-year-old his second Grand Prix at Cannes last year. Here's an interesting take on the film from UK's The Guardian. 


Click for availability and more information Seconds, directed by John Frankenheimer
 
More post-McCarthy paranoia from the late 60's. This one features Rock Hudson as a disaffected middle-aged banker who wants to start a new life. So much so that he agrees to undergo a strange and elaborate procedure that will grant him a new life. As Edward Tenner states in this piece about the film from The Atlantic, not only was "Seconds" ahead of it's time, it also went from abject failure to cult classic. It seems that Rock Hudson fans initially wanted more romance and less "probing philosophy." This one is an entertaining head-scratcher.

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You're probably aware that we get all the latest Hollywood blockbusters here at the Greenwich Library. But we also get plenty of smaller, low profile movies too. Here's a list of a few that you may have missed:


Click for availability and more information A Cat in Paris,directed by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
 
An animated French language comedy-drama in which a family discovers their house pet is living a surprising double life. Zoe is a seven-year-old girl traumatized by the death of her father, a police detective who was on the trail of Victor Costa, a powerful underworld boss. Ever since the passing of her father, Zoe has been mute, and her mother Jeanne, also a detective, has been working hard to track down Costa and the killers and bring them to justice. However, it turns out a criminal is hiding right under their noses -- while Zoe sleeps, her beloved pet cat Dino slips out of the house at night and serves as a companion and assistant to Nico, a suave burglar who has robbed some of the wealthiest and most elegant homes in Paris. One night, Zoe follows Dino as he spends the night on the town, and as she crosses paths with Nico, she finds herself in the clutches of a handful of ruthless gangsters. The film received an Academy Award nomination in 2012 as Best Animated Feature. A.O. Scott, in his New York Times review, called this "a nifty little caper." 


Click for availability and more information Chicken With Plums, written and directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
 
Nasser-Ali Khan appears to care more about his career than his family, but there is more to him than just the surface. After his beloved violin breaks, he sets out to replace it with his son's help. But when he cannot replace the instrument, he decides that the only solution to his sorrow is death. As he lies in bed waiting to die, his wife provides him with delicacies, such as chicken and plums, to help him find a reason to live again.

This is based on a memoir by Satrapi, which was published in 2006. The late great Roger Ebert gave this film 4 stars


Click for availability and more information The Day He Arrives, written and directed by Sang-soo Hong
 
A film director who no longer makes films, Seongjun, arrives in Seoul to meet a close friend. When the friend doesn't show up, Seongjun wanders the city aimlessly. He runs into an actress he used to know, shares a drink with some film students and against his better judgment, heads to his ex-girlfriend's apartment. The next day goes very much like the last; Seongjun meets the actress, has drinks with friends, and falls for woman who looks remarkably like his ex-girlfriend. Each new day plays out like a flimsy copy of the previous one, but only Seongjun knows why. Infused with a playfulness and dry wit that recalls the films of Woody Allen and Eric Rohmer, The Day He Arrives is a delightful meditation on relationships, film making, and the unknowable forces that govern our lives. In Korean with English subtitles.

Click for availability and more information Fear and Desire, by Stanley Kubrick
 
This 35mm restoration of Kubrick's 1953 debut film features a plane carrying four soldiers crashes in a forest behind enemy lines in an unnamed country. Desperate to escape, the group plans to build a raft and travel up the river into allied country. However, they are sidetracked by a local woman who stumbles across them in the woods, and the nearby presence of an enemy general who one member of the group is determined to kill. Kubrick didn't liked the film much, calling it "a very inept and pretentious effort" but others, including the the reviewer from UK's Uncut Magazine are more generous


Click for availability and more information The Heineken Kidnapping, directed by Maarten Treurniet
 
Amsterdam, 1983. Alfred Heineken, one of the world's wealthiest brewers and arguably the most influential man in Holland, is kidnapped by a gang of young hoodlums and held for ransom. Chained to the wall of a cold, cramped cell for 21 grueling days, the business magnate is subjected to humiliation at the hands of the kidnappers. But when the ransom is paid and Heineken is set free, he embarks on a personal vendetta to find his captors and exact revenge. This film caused some controversy in Holland. Willem Holleeder, one of the Netherlands' best-known gangsters went to court Thursday to stop the release of the film in which he played a key role, claiming it misrepresents him. Anthony Hopkins is set to star in an upcoming British version of this film, scheduled for release next summer. 


Click for availability and more information My Son John, directed by Leo McCarey
 
Re-release of the 1953 film by legendary director Leo McCarey took on this controversial and infamous drama about a conservative religious couple (Helen Hayes, Dean Jagger) that suspects their oldest son to be a communist. The arrogant and intellectual young man (Robert Walker), a worker in a federal agency, returns home from a long absence spouting pro-communism doctrine and deriding the beliefs of capitalism and religion. Things become very serious when an FBI agent (Van Heflin) shows up to tell the horrified parents that their son may be an enemy spy. Robert Walker died at age 32 due to adverse reaction to prescription drugs and before My Son John production was finished. Leo McCarey received a 1953 Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story. 


Click for availability and more information Natural Selection, written and directed by Robbie Pickering
 
Having discovered that her dying husband has an illegitimate child living in Florida, a devout Christian housewife leaves her sheltered world on a mission to reunite father and son. Peter Travers in his Rolling Stone review calls this "a small gem of an indie movie." 


Click for availability and more information Small Apartments, directed by Jonas Åkerlund
 
A man is surrounded by strange events and odd neighbors in this adaptation of Chris Millis' novel. When a clumsy deadbeat accidentally kills his landlord, he must do everything in his power to hide the body, only to find the distractions of lust, the death of his beloved brother and a crew of misfit characters, force him on a journey where a fortune awaits him. Reviews have run the gamut from "delightfully quirky" to irritating. Take it home and judge for yourself. 


Click for availability and more information Well Diggers Daughter, directed by Daniel Auteuil
 
Twenty-five years after rising to international acclaim in Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring, Daniel Auteuil returns to the world of Marcel Pagnol for his first work as director with this celebrated remake of the 1940s classic. Auteuil stars as the eponymous well-digger Pascal, a widower living with his six daughters in the Provence countryside at the start of World War I. His eldest, Patricia , has returned home from Paris to help raise her sisters, and Pascal dreams of marrying her off to his loyal assistant Felipe . But when she's impregnated by a wealthy young pilot who promptly abandons her for the frontlines, Pascal is left to contend with the consequences.

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It's freezing cold outside. Why not just stay home and watch some movies? Here are 10 new titles we recently received that we think you might like.


Click for availability and more information Americano, directed by Mathieu Demy
 
After receiving news of his mother's death, Martin leaves his girlfriend (Chiara Mastroianni) and home in Paris and sets off for Los Angeles to tie up the loose ends of his rocky maternal relationship. Arriving in the United States, Martin is greeted by his mother's best friend Linda who agrees to help him settle his late mother's affairs. As Martin digs deeper into his mother's past, he discovers she had a hidden relationship with a beautiful woman named Lola ), who he finds at a seedy strip club in Tijuana called the Americano. As Lola recounts her affair with his mother, Martin discovers there may have been more than he ever hoped to know about his mother's sordid past and his own problems with commitment. New York Times film critic A.O. Scott says the film "demonstrates unassuming self-assurance and an admirable willingness to take formal and emotional risks in pursuit of a complicated and elusive truth." You can read the rest of the review here.


Click for availability and more information Black Butterflies, directed by Paula van der Oest
 
Poetry, politics, madness, and desire collide in the true story of the woman hailed as South Africa's finest poet. In 1960s Cape Town, as Apartheid steals the expressive rights of blacks and whites alike, young Ingrid Jonker finds her freedom scrawling verse while frittering through a series of stormy affairs. Amid escalating quarrels with her lovers and her rigid father, a parliament censorship minister, the poet witnesses an unconscionable event that will alter the course of both her artistic and personal lives.


Click for availability and more information Comes a Bright Day, directed by Simon Aboud
 
Sam is a bright, ambitious, and handsome bellboy at a five-star hotel who has big dreams of one day running his own restaurant. On a seemingly ordinary day, he suddenly finds himself in a life-or-death hostage situation with the radiantly beautiful Mary and her elderly boss. Against the backdrop of an armed jewel robbery that goes badly wrong, hostages Sam and Mary, flung together, discover their true feelings for each other. 


Click for availability and more information Eating Raoul, directed by Paul Bartel
 
A prudish married couple are feeling put upon by the swingers who live in their apartment building; one night, by accident, they discover a way to simultaneously realize their dream of opening a little restaurant and rid themselves of the "perverts" down the hall. A mix of hilarious, anything-goes slapstick and biting satire of me-generation self-indulgence, Eating Raoul marks the end of the sexual revolution with a thwack. Reissue of the early '80's cult classic. 


Click for availability and more information Enlightened: The complete season 1 , creators, Laura Dern & Mike White
 
Enlightened centers on Amy Jellicoe (Laura Dern), a 40-year-old woman who returns home to California after a month's stay at a holistic treatment facility, a result of having a mental breakdown at work triggered by her self-destructive ways. Amy returns to her old life with a new cultivated approach and perspective, which includes daily meditation and exhorting the power of self-help and inner healing. Though Amy wants to be an "agent of change" in the world, the people who know her best are skeptical of her latest intentions. This subtle comedy is also notable for its take on office and family dynamics. Stick with it, it takes some getting used to but well worth your time.

Click for availability and more information La Terra Trema , directed by Luchino Visconti
 
Italian neo-realism at it's most epic. Originally released in 1948. Sicilian fishermen exploited for their cheap labor vainly strike out on their own. Everything goes well until a storm ruins the family's boat, leaving them with nothing to keep the new business going. Following this disaster, the family experiences several unfortunate events that tests their bonds. For more details, read this excellent overview from the The Movie Projector blog. 


Click for availability and more information Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, directed by Hayao Miyazaki
 
From the maker of Ponyo and Spirited Away, this amazing animated films takes place after a global war, and tells the story of the seaside kingdom known as the Valley Of The Wind, which remains one of the last strongholds on Earth untouched by a poisonous jungle and the powerful insects that guard it. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaa, the people of the Valley engage in an epic struggle to restore the bond between humanity and Earth. 


Click for availability and more information Ruby Sparks, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
 
Struggling with writer's block and a lackluster love life, once-famous novelist Calvin creates a beautiful fictitious character named Ruby who inspires him. But not only does this bring his work to life, it also brings Ruby to life, literally. Face-to-face with an actual relationship with his once virtual girlfriend, Calvin must now decide whether to pen this love story or let it write itself. 


Click for availability and more information The Trench, directed by William Boyd
 
A group of young British soldiers are on the eve of the Battle of the Somme, the worst defeat in British military history. At the center of the troops is 17-year-old Billy Macfarlane with his older brother Eddie who have volunteered for service. Like their fellow squad members, they are boys dressed as men. Their survival is in the hands of war-hardened Sergeant Winter and bookish Lieutenant Harte. When word comes the squad will join the first wave of attacks, they all face an equal fate. 


Click for availability and more information The Wise Kids, directed by Stephen Cone
 
Three members of a church youth group struggle to find their identities in their senior year of high school. Well reviewed and highly regarded. Read Roger Ebert's review here.

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Sometimes being entertained just isn't enough. Check out one of these new documentaries and enlighten yourself as well.


Click for availability and more information Ballplayer: Pelotero, produced & directed by Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, Jonathan Paley & Isaac Solotaroff
 
This compelling documentary narrated by John Leguizamo is a gritty and rare look inside Major League Baseball's recruitment of top talent in the Dominican Republic. Miguel Angel Sano and Jean Carlos Batista are among 100,000 teenagers vying for a handful of coveted contracts with MLB teams. As they turn 16 years old and become eligible to sign, each must navigate the fiercely competitive and frequently corrupt system if they are to lift their families out of poverty and achieve their dream: to one day play in the Major Leagues.


Click for availability and more information The Code, directed and produced by Stephen Cooter, Michael Lachmann, and Dan Child
 
What makes the world operate the way it does? Are there patterns to what happens or do we live in a universe of random events that cannot be predicted or explained? Author and Oxford University professor Marcus du Sautoy sets out to answer these and other questions in this engaging and entertaining three-part documentary series about the power of numbers. Convinced there is a mathematical formula that can identify patterns and connect everything we see around us, Du Sautoy goes in search of a mysterious hidden code that can unlock the very laws of the universe. 


Click for availability and more information The Flaw: markets, money, mortgages and the great American meltdown, directed by David Sington
 
The Flaw tells the story of the credit bubble that caused the financial crash through interviews with some of the world's leading economists as well as Wall Street insiders and victims of the crash. The film presents an original and compelling account of the toxic combination of forces that nearly destroyed the world economy, demonstrating how excessive income inequality leads to economic instability.


Click for availability and more information Foreign Parts, directed by Verena Paravel
 
Foreign Parts is an exemplary social record of Willets Point, an industrial graveyard of scrap heaps and auto shops in Queens, New York, that is scheduled to be demolished and redeveloped. Filled with scrapyards and auto salvage shops, lacking sidewalks or sewage lines, the area seems ripe for urban development. But Foreign Parts discovers a strange community where wrecks, refuse and recycling form a thriving commerce. Meet the folks who are about to be displaced. They are an interesting bunch. The film observes and captures the struggle of a contested eminent domain neighborhood before its disappearance under the capitalization of New York s urban ecology. 


Click for availability and more information Garbo the Spy, directed by Edmon Roch
 
The story of Juan Pujol Garcia, World War II double agent. He was known by the allies simply as "Garbo." He fed false information to the Nazis and fabricated a network of phantom agents across Europe. Although he never fired a single shot, Garbo helped to save thousands of lives, most notably by misinforming the Germans about the timing and location of D-Day. This documentary thriller, interweaves propaganda footage, interviews with intelligence experts and key players in Garbo's life (as well as with Garbo himself), and clips from Hollywood films to conjure forgotten and living memories, heroes and spies, secrets and lies.


Click for availability and more information LennoNYC, directed by Michael Epstein
 
On the the 30th anniversary of his death, a new film takes an intimate look at the time Lennon, Yoko Ono, and their son, Sean, spent living in New York City during the 1970s. Featuring never-before-heard studio recordings and never-before-seen outtakes from Lennon in concert and home movies.


Click for availability and more information Marina Abramovic: the artist is present, directed by Matthew Akers
 
A journey into the world of radical performance and an intimate portrait of an astonishingly magnetic, endlessly intriguing woman who draws no distinction between life and art. Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic has been redefining art for nearly forty years. Using her body as a vehicle, she creates performances that challenges, shocks and moves us.


Click for availability and more information Semper Fi: always faithful, produced and directed by Rachel Libert & Tony Hardmon
 
Marine Corps Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger was a devoted Marine for nearly twenty-five years... As a drill instructor he lived and breathed the 'Corps' and was responsible for indoctrinating thousands of new recruits with its motto Semper Fidelis or "Always Faithful." When Jerry's nine-year old daughter Janey died of a rare type of leukemia, his world collapsed. As a grief-stricken father, he struggled for years to make sense of what happened. His search for answers led to a shocking discovery of Marine Corps cover-up of one of the largest water contamination incidents in U.S. history. Semper Fi: Always Faithful follows Jerry's mission to expose the Marine Corps and force them to live up to their motto to the thousands of soldiers and their families exposed to toxic chemicals. His fight reveals a grave injustice at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune and a looming environmental crisis at military sites across the country.


Click for availability and more information Something Ventured, directed by Dan Geller & Dayna Goldfine
 
Something Ventured maps the creation of an industry that went on to become the single greatest engine of innovation and economic growth in the 20th century. The story is told through the visionary risk-takers who dared to make it happen: Tom Perkins, Don Valentine, Arthur Rock, Dick Kramlich and others. The film also features some of the country s finest entrepreneurs and their stories with the venture capitalists to grow world-class companies like Intel, Apple, Cisco, Atari, Genentech, Tandem and others. 


Click for availability and more information Surviving Progress, directed by Mathieu Roy & Harold Crooks
 
Technological advancement, economic development, population increase - are they signs of a thriving society? Or too much of a good thing? This documentary explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us through the major progress traps facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment. Featuring arguments from, among others, Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood and Stephen Hawking, this film invites the viewer to contemplate the progress traps that destroyed past civilizations and that lie treacherously embedded in our own.


Click for availability and more information 'Tis Autumn: the search for Jackie Paris, directed by Raymond De Felitta
 
In 1991 filmmaker Raymond De Felitta heard a singer named Jackie Paris on a Los Angeles radio station and began a search that first yielded the fact that Paris had died in 1977. In 2004 De Felitta discovered Paris was alive and making a comeback in a New York City nightclub. This film explores the life of the jazz singer along with an exploration into what it is to live the life of an artist in its least glamorous aspects.

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You've probably seen the blockbusters (or at least you're on the hold queue.) Here are a few selected titles that may have slipped under your radar.



Click for availability and more information Pearls of the Czech New Wave, Criterion Collection
 
Of all the cinematic New Waves that broke over the world in the 1960s, the one in Czechoslovakia was among the most fruitful, fascinating, and radical. With a wicked sense of humor and a healthy streak of surrealism, a group of fearless directors--including eventual Oscar winners Miloš Forman and Ján Kadár--began to use film to speak out about the hypocrisy and absurdity of the Communist state. A defining work was the 1966 omnibus film Pearls of the Deep, which introduced five of the movement's essential voices: Věra Chytilová, Jaromil Jireš, Jiří Menzel, Jan Němec, and Evald Schorm. This series presents that title, along with five other crucial works that followed close on its heels, one from each of those filmmakers--some dazzlingly experimental, some arrestingly realistic, all singular expressions from a remarkable time and place.



Click for availability and more information Boardwalk Empire: the complete Season 2
 
Season 2 of the acclaimed HBO series. Set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, follows the story of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson who controlled the city during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s.Starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon and Kelly MacDonald.


Click for availability and more information Assault on Precinct 13, restored Collectors edition, by John Carpenter
 
Not the goofy remake but the 1976 John Carpenter original. Cops and gangsters band together in a remote LA police station to fend off an even tougher band of thugs. You may have seen this at the drive-in when you were a kid. This cult masterpiece gets a facelift. 


Click for availability and more information Bonsai, directed by Cristián Jiménez
 
Julio tells his girlfriend he has a job transcribing a novel, when he's actually writing his own work. Looking for inspiration, he revisits an old romance and gets involved again. Based on an internationally acclaimed novella, Bonsai is a study of the lies we tell ourselves. A Cannes Film Festival official selection.


Click for availability and more information Out, directed by Jim Goddard
 
After an eight-year prison stint for a failed bank heist, Frank Ross returns to his old gangland haunts to find the snitch who sent him to jail. The smooth, streetwise ex-con quickly adjusts to the new attitudes of the disco-tinged '70s but discovers that although neighborhoods change, old grudges never go out of style.Filmed on location in South London, this series, which originally aired in 1978, depicts a world where gritty pubs and dingy pubs teem with high-living mobsters and corrupt cops. 6 episodes on 2 discs.


Click for availability and more information Women on the 6th Floor, directed by Phillipe Le Guay
 
Paris, 1960. Jean-Louis lives a bourgeois existence with his neurotic socialite wife Suzanne while their children are away at boarding school. The couple's world is turned upside-down when they hire María, a Spanish maid who introduces Jean-Louis to an alternative reality a few stories up on the sixth floor servants' quarters. Befriending a group of sassy Spanish maids, the women teach him there's more to life than stocks and bonds, and their influence on the house ultimately transforms everyone's life.

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