Worth watching once. At least once.

L’adversaire

The magnificent Daniel Auteuil is … well … magnificent once again in this study of a common man whose world turns unaccountably pear-shaped, and who is powerless to get out of the increasingly large hole he’s dug for himself. The sequencing of the film is very neatly done – we know from the word ‘go’ that Faure has done something horrendous, we’re pretty sure what it is, and we are led to find out why through a complex series of flashbacks. The art of Auteuil is in his ability to make Faure a sympathetic character, despite his many flaws and the gruesome crime he commits. The painstakingly constructed portrait of a man in torment may get painted on a little too thickly at times, but Auteuil’s descent from mixed-up family-man to lethal psychopath is gripping stuff.

What people can do to people

The Hours

The Unsaid

The Hurricane

Sophie’s Choice

Shawshank Redemption

Mulholland Drive

Requiem for a dream

Children of men

Kill Bill

Usual suspects

Irreversible (bear to see it once.  or just go to the the final scene – beautiful)

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The power of love (for freedom)

Mar adentro

Hable con ella

In the mood for love

2046

Captives (Julia Ormond, Tim Roth and a lot of supressed passion)

The cook, the thief, his wife and her lover (beautiful cinematography)

The Fountain

The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

American Beauty (a story of love and society)

The Constant Gardener

K-PAX

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Think and free

DOGVILLE

Elephant

The Gladiator

A beautiful mind

Alicia: How big is the universe?
Nash: Infinite.
Alicia: How do you know?
Nash: I know because all the data indicates it’s infinite.
Alicia: But it hasn’t been proven yet.
Nash: No.
Alicia: You haven’t seen it.
Nash: No.
Alicia: How do you know for sure?
Nash: I don’t, I just believe it.
Alicia: It’s the same with love I guess.