Foreign Films

Central Station (1998)

Rated R

Dora, who writes letters for illiterate people at Rio de Janeiro’s central railroad station, feels compelled to help 9-year-old Josué  find his estranged father after the child’s mother dies in a car accident. This Oscar-nominated drama follows the interplay between Dora and the boy during their journey to Brazil’s remote Northeast region, their bond growing ever stronger with each mile logged.

I’ve Loved you so Long (2008)

Rated PG-13

After more than a decade apart, estranged sisters Juliette and Lea  try to rebuild their fractured relationship. But the task is hardly easy, considering Juliette’s past: She’s been in jail for 15 years — for killing someone. As she settles into small-town life with Lea’s family, the locals can’t help but talk.

Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

Rated R

Sing  is a mobster in 1940s China who longs to be as cool as the formally clad Axe Gang, a band of killers who rule Hong Kong’s streets. But Sing is so awkward he can’t possibly aspire to be one of them, so he does the next best thing: pretend. His shenanigans, unfortunately, land him in a barrel of trouble with everyone, including the unassuming farmers who till the land, setting off fireworks of massive proportions.

Lacombe Lucien (1974)

Rated R

World War II drama centers around the titular character, a teenager who wishes to join the French Resistance but is rejected because of his youth. Stung, the boy instead signs up with the Gestapo, a move that leads him to question his greatest loyalties. This powerful coming-of-age tale earned  a healthy amount of controversy.

Osama (2003)

Rated PG-13

This stunning film, the first to be made in a post-Taliban Afghanistan and inspired by a newspaper account, recounts the efforts of a family of women to survive under an oppressive regime. To eke out a meager living, they dress up their 12-year-old girl, Osama, as a boy so she can work.

Synopsis by Netflix.

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