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Quarter-life crisis

The story: Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York and aspires to a career as a ballet dancer or choreographer. She is now 27, but the free-and-easy Frances still behaves as if she’s just moved out of home. When her flatmate Sophie (Mickey Sumner) announces her plans to move in with her boyfriend, reality sets in for Frances: she has no job,...

Pretentious B-movie

The story: Together with his brother Billy (Tom Burke), Julian (Ryan Gosling) runs a Bangkok boxing club as a cover for their drug smuggling operation. When Billy is killed, Julian’s icy mother Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas) demands that he avenge the killing. In his efforts, the reluctant Julian crosses paths with the ruthless agent Chang (V...

Erosion of love

The story: Celine’s (Julie Delpy) and Jesse’s (Ethan Hawke) summer vacation is coming to an end. Soon they will have to swap idyllic Greece for everyday life in Paris. During a tense last evening in a luxury seaside hotel, emotions run high and Celine and Jesse are forced to take stock of their relationship. In 1995, filmmaker Richard ...

Wandering through Germany

The story: Bavaria, 1945. It is almost the end of the Second World War. The Nazi parents of the fourteen-year-old Lore (short for Hannelore) abandon their family. When they leave, Lore’s mother instructs her to take her younger sister and three brothers to their grandmother in Hamburg. So the children embark upon a dangerous journey of hundre...

Safe rom-com

The story: Pat (Bradley Cooper) has lost his job, his house and his wife, and has spent eight months in a psychiatric institution. He suffers from bipolar disorder but is determined to get his life back on track and to reconcile with his ex-wife. At a dinner party he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), an attractive young widow who is dealing with h...

Jackpot in Abbottabad

The story: A reconstruction of the long search for Osama Bin Laden, told from the perspective of a female CIA agent (Jessica Chastain). Maya is convinced she is hot on the heels of the terrorist, but must contend with the scepticism and indifference of her male colleagues. The verdict according to Observant reviewer Mark Vluggen: “Zero Dark ...

Bertolucci & Bowie

The story: Fourteen-year-old Lorenzo just wants to be left alone. After telling his mother he is going a school ski trip, he hides in the dingy basement of their family home, equipped with an MP3 player and enough junk food to last the week. But then he gets an unexpected visit from his unruly, drug-addicted half sister Olivia. The verdict accordi...

Nay? Yea!

The story: Washington, 1865. The American Civil War is coming to an end. President Abraham Lincoln has just started his second term in pursuit of a free, united country where slavery is a thing of the past. To get his constitutional amendment prohibiting slavery past the House of Representatives, Lincoln must pull off the biggest political feat of ...

Pass the tissues

The story: Henry (Ewan McGregor) and Maria (Naomi Watts) go on holiday with their three children to a luxury resort in Khao Lak, Thailand. But what should have been a carefree stay in a tropical paradise turns into a nightmare when a tsunami separates Maria and her teenage son Lucas from the rest of the family, leaving nothing but despair and destr...

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The story: Teenager Piscine (Pi) Patel is the only human survivor of a disaster at sea and finds himself sharing a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger called Richard Parker. Pious Pi begins a struggle for life that will prove a serious test of his faith. Based on Yann Martel's bestseller.   Judgment of Solomon according to Mark Vluggen: In Life...

No, not the Board of Deans

The story: Scriptwriter Marty (Colin Farrell) is struggling with alcohol and writer’s block. His new film script is no more than a title: Seven Psychopaths. Fortunately for him, there is his friend Billy (Sam Rockwell), an oddball actor who has a sideline as a dognapper and also has a well-developed network of psychopaths around him. Things g...

An adulteress in high society

The story: Russia, 1874. The spirited Anna (Keira Knightley) feels trapped in her loveless marriage to the highly placed official Alexei Karenin (Jude Law). Forgoing all social convention, Anna embarks on a passionate affair with Count Vronsky, with tragic consequences. The film is based on the book by Tolstoy (for younger readers: a sort of 19th c...

Half wormholes

The story: In 2074 time travel is invented, but also immediately outlawed. Not surprisingly, organised crime ignores the ban, sending its victims back to the Kansas of 2044 to be liquidated by assassins, known as loopers. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is one of these loopers. The job affords Joe a lifestyle full of beautiful women, luxury cars and des...

464 sins

The story: Alina (Cristina Flutur) and Voichita (Cosmina Stratan) grew up together in a Romanian orphanage, but were separated at the age of eighteen. Some years later, Alina manages to track Voichita down. Alina wants to persuade her friend to head to Germany with her, but Voichita has opted for a sober life in an orthodox convent and now has a mo...

Winnaar Gouden Palm

Het verhaal: De gepensioneerde musici Anne en Georges leiden een rustig bestaan in Parijs. Als Anne een beroerte krijgt, breekt een nieuwe fase in hun relatie aan. Georges probeert thuis zo goed mogelijk voor haar te zorgen, maar moet machteloos toezien hoe zijn vrouw steeds verder aftakelt en hun wereld steeds kleiner wordt. De terechte winnaar v...

Argo

The story: In November 1979, 52 American citizens are taken hostage in the US embassy in Iran. The hostage takers demand the extradition of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, who has emigrated to the US. Six Americans manage to escape to the home of the Canadian ambassador. To smuggle them out of the country, the CIA sends in ‘exfiltration’ sp...

Killer Joe

The story: Chris (Emile Hirsch) finds himself in a jam: a drug deal has gone bad and he needs money fast. He decides to have his mother murdered so that he can pocket the life insurance payout. To do the dirty work he hires Killer Joe (Matthew McConaughey), a sadistic Texan sheriff who moonlights as a hit man. The deal hits a snag when Joe demands ...

Jagten

The story: The newly divorced kindergarten teacher Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is trying to get his life back on track. When he is falsely accused of abuse by the five-year-old daughter of his best friend, his life turns into a nightmare. In the close-knit community of his Danish village, the news spreads like wildfire and the other residents quickly tu...

Nono, het Zigzag Kind

The story: Twelve-year-old Nono (Thomas Simon) is being raised by his father, police inspector Feierberg (Fedja van Huêt). In preparation for his bar mitzvah Nono is sent by train to visit his Uncle Sjmoel, but en route he receives a strange letter from his father. This marks the start of an exciting trip to the south of France, where Nono meets th...

Savages

The story: In the sun-drenched Laguna Beach, Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch) share a luxurious apartment with the delectable blonde, Ophelia (Blake Lively). They bankroll their hedonistic lifestyles by growing the best weed in California. But when Ben and Chon refuse a joint venture with a Mexican drug cartel, the Mexicans abduct Ophel...

Laurence Anyways

The story: Literature professor Laurence (Melvin Poupaud) has a close relationship with his girlfriend Fred (short for Frédérique), but on his 30th birthday he makes a confession that will change their lives forever: he wants to be a woman. Fred’s initial response is sceptical, but so intimate is her bond with Laurence that she decides to sup...

À Perdre La Raison

The story: This is a loose interpretation of the story of Geneviève Lhermitte, the Belgian woman who murdered her five children with a butcher’s knife. It centres on the love triangle between Mounir (Tahar Rahim), Murielle (Émilie Dequenne) and the older doctor Pinget (Niels Arestrup). When Mounir and Murielle get married, they go to live tog...

Your Sister’s Sister

The story: A year after his brother’s death, Jack is still an emotional wreck. Hi good friend Iris takes pity on him and invites him to spend a weekend alone in a secluded cottage belonging to her father, on an island off the coast of Seattle. Jack takes up the offer, but on arrival unexpectedly finds Iris’s attractive lesbian sister al...

Seduce and desire

The story: Margot (Michelle Williams) is married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a cookbook writer who is working on a book with nothing but chicken recipes. By chance, she meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), an attractive, aspiring artist who also turns out to be her new neighbour. Something begins to stir that has long been missing from her relationship with Lou: se...