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Love

Sweet, passionate, tough – love is a complex and many splendoured thing.

Love is strange, and cinema reaps the fruit of its strangeness. Love fizzes this year, with infidelity and murder in The Blue Room, and with a teen who won’t let disability stop romance in Margarita, with a Straw. Love is challenged, by technology and distance in 10,000km, and by friction between customs and lifestyles in Another Year. Love is devotion, notably to art, in the day-to-day running of The Great Museum, and in Décor’s passion for Egyptian cinema. Love is stranger everywhere else than in Love is Strange, where it is simple, nourishing and constant.

Tricia Tuttle and Tim Robey

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A Little Chaos A Little Chaos

Kate Winslet plays a landscape gardener employed by King Louis XIV to transform the gardens at Versailles.

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10,000 km 10,000 km

Technology rather than love threatens to tear a couple apart in Carlos Marques-Marcet’s beautifully observed study of a long distance romance.

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3 Hearts 3 Hearts

Charlotte Gainsbourg plays a woman caught in a play of love, fate and narrative coincidence, in Benoît Jacquot’s sly, eerie and entertaining tale of chance-crossed love.

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Altman Altman

Touching, respectful, illuminating survey of the life and works of one of the most innovative, influential and truly independent directors in the American cinema.

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Another Year Another Year

In this wounding two-hander, a young married couple in Moscow grapples with doubts about the future and divergent career paths.

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The Blue Room The Blue Room

Mathieu Amalric directs himself as a two-timing everyman pinned under the wheels of fate, in a precision-tooled and powerfully sad adaptation of Georges Simenon.

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Brides Brides

Maria Kitia gives a standout performance as the partner of a man serving a 10-year-sentence, in a film based on director Tinatin Kajrishvili’s own experiences.

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Casa Grande Casa Grande

This assured coming-of-age tale uses the emotional journey of a middle-class Rio teenager to probe the social schisms underpinning contemporary Brazilian society.

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Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Newly restored, Robert Altman’s first theatrical adaptation – about a group of women holding a James Dean fan club reunion – is a cinematic tour de force.

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Décor Décor

A successful film set designer finds herself inexplicably transported into another persona as a married housewife while working on a new production.

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy star as a married couple torn asunder, in this moving contemporary drama that explores how to be a whole person again following a traumatic event.

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Far from the Madding Crowd Far from the Madding Crowd

Julie Christie stars as headstrong Bathsheba Everdene in John Schlesinger’s lyrical adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s epic, tragic love story.

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The Goddess The Goddess

This newly restored classic from Chinese cinema’s Golden Age features a devastating performance from Ruan Lingyu as a Shanghai prostitute.

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The Great Museum The Great Museum

An engrossing portrait of work at one of the world’s great museums, Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, and a moving paean to devoting one’s life to art.

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Guys and Dolls Guys and Dolls

Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and a magnificent cast of character actors bring Damon Runyon’s teeming underbelly of New York City to life.

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Hungry Hearts Hungry Hearts

Enthralling New York-set drama about a young couple who tear each apart over care of their first child.

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Kelly & Cal Kelly & Cal

Juliette Lewis returns to centre stage with a charming performance as a bored housewife who finds she has much in common with her much younger neighbour.

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Leopardi Leopardi

Handsome, moving period biopic of legendary Italian 19th century poet Giacomo Leopardi.

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Love is Strange Love is Strange

Ira Sachs’s refined Manhattan-set drama sees Alfred Molina’s Ben and John Lithgow’s George in the latter days of a tender, loving 39-year relationship.

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Madame Bovary Madame Bovary

A classic re-telling of the moving Flaubert novel, with Mia Wasikowska perfectly cast as the titular character whose acceptance of societal conventions leads to rebellion and disgrace.

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Margarita, With a Straw Margarita, With a Straw

This compelling drama from India charts the struggles and sense of freedom experienced by a Delhi teenager with cerebral palsy when she wins a scholarship to NY.

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Next to Her Next to Her

A darkly intricate Israeli drama examining an unhealthily symbiotic relationship between two sisters.

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Only Angels Have Wings Only Angels Have Wings

A classic Howard Hawks aviation adventure, set around a ramshackle airstrip in South America. The pilots are terse in the face of death but love breaks through.

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Radiator Radiator

A moving, blackly comic drama about the strains in coping with ageing parents.

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Serena Serena

Murder and ambition drive this sweeping melodrama, set in a depression-era North Carolina logging town and starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

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The Silent StormThe Silent Storm

A wild Scottish island provides the backdrop for this taut drama of a stormy marriage between an authoritarian minister and his mysterious wife whose lives are shaken by the unexpected arrival of a delinquent into their home.

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Still the Water Still the Water

One of the years most visually ravishing films is this tale of two youths growing up and falling in love on a small island off the Japanese mainland.

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The Tales of Hoffmann The Tales of Hoffmann

Revealed afresh in this remarkable Technicolor restoration, Powell and Pressburger’s 1951 musical phantasmagoria is the stuff of beautiful nightmares.

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Viktoria Viktoria

Born ‘Socialist baby of the decade’, Viktoria finds herself godchild of Communist leader Todor Zhivkov in Maya Vitkova’s beautifully achieved satire.

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Waiting for August Waiting for August

Being 15 can be tough – especially when you are poor and have six brothers and sisters to care for.

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The Way He Looks The Way He Looks

A blind teen boy falls in love with the new guy at school in Daniel Ribeiro’s heart-warming charmer.

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Why Be Good? Why Be Good?

Colleen Moore stars in this 1929 romantic comedy with a soundtrack full of hot jazz and 1920s dance music, featuring period greats such as Jimmy Dorsey.

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Wild Life Wild Life

Matthieu Kassovitz plays a traveller father who kidnaps his sons in an attempt to raise them off the grid, free from consumerism and in touch with nature.

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X+Y X+Y

An autistic teenage prodigy travels from the English suburbs for a maths competition in Taipei, challenging his safely defined outlook.

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Short films programme

The Meaning of Love The Meaning of Love

Short films that explore a range of expressions of ‘love’ in some very different situations.

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