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Flashback: Season 2008/09

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Son of Rambow

Will (Bill Milner), who isn't allowed to watch TV or go to the movies, expresses himself through his drawings and illustrations until he finds himself caught up in the extraordinary world of Lee Carter (Will Poulter), the school terror and crafter of bizarre home movies. Carter exposes Will to a pirated copy of the first Rambo film, First Blood, which blows his mind wide open.

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No Country for Old Men

Acclaimed filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen deliver their most gripping and ambitious film yet in this sizzling and supercharged action-thriller. When a man stumbles on a bloody crime scene, a pickup truck loaded with heroin, and two million dollars in irresistible cash, his decision to take the money sets off an unstoppable chain reaction of violence. Not even West Texas law can contain it.

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Water

Chuyia is a child bride. Her husband has died suddenly, and religious doctrine dictates that she now retire to a Hindu ashram to atone for the sins that caused her husband's untimely death. As Chuyia bides her time among widows both young and old - some accepting of their fate and some bitterly resentful - the preadolescent widow's spirit remains unbroken and hopeful for a brighter future.

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Waitress

Trapped in a miserable marriage and blessed with the ability to transform her misery into delicious desserts, a small-town waitress finds her life forever changed by an unplanned pregnancy. A smart and sassy baker whose extraordinary pies are inspired by her daily trials and tribulations, Jenna fears that her dreams are all but dead when she discovers that she is soon to become a mother. As Jenna begins penning a series of letters to her unborn baby, her life starts to change for the better in ways she never could have imagined.

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Persepolis

Filmmakers Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi collaborated to co-write and co-direct this adaptation of Satrapi's bestselling autobiographical graphic novel detailing the trials faced by an outspoken Iranian girl who finds her unique attitude and outlook on life repeatedly challenged during the Islamic revolution.

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Happy Go Lucky

Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan star in director Mike Leigh's lighthearted comedy concerning an eternally optimistic teacher living and working in North London.Thirty-year-old teacher Poppy (Hawkins) always has a smile on her face, and does her best to brighten the days of those around her by making small talk and cracking jokes. One day, after her bike is stolen, Poppy decides that it's time to take driving lessons. Almost instantly, Poppy and her stressed-out instructor, Scott (Eddie Marsan), clash. Still, it seems that there's more to this relationship than surface appearances would suggest. She meets a kindly school social worker Tim at tango classes, and Tim can't help but fall for a woman of such boundless compassion. But how will Poppy's increasingly jealous driving instructor react to the news of her most recent romance?

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The astonishing true-life story of Jean-Dominic Bauby - a man who lost everything to sudden paralysis when he was 43 years old, and somehow found the strength to rebound. The film follows Bauby's autobiography ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’, charting his instantaneous descent from a wealthy and congenial playboy and editor of French ‘Elle’, to a bed-bound, hospitalized stroke victim with an inactive brain stem that made it impossible for him to speak or move a muscle. He only had one way to communicate: ocular activity. By moving his eyes and blinking, he not only began to interact again with the world around him, but astonishingly wrote his memoirs via a code used to signify specific letters of the alphabet.

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The Visitor

A lonesome widower and college economics professor finds his mundane existence suddenly shaken up when he befriends a pair of illegal immigrants. When away at a conference, a young couple moves into Walter’s seldom-used apartment in the city. Walter reluctantly allows the couple to remain in his apartment. Tarek insists on repaying his host's kindness by teaching him to play the African drum. Later, Tarek is arrested and threatened with deportation. Suddenly, in his attempt to help his new friend, Walter's passion for life is unexpectedly awakened. When Tarek's radiant mother Mouna arrives in the city in search of her son, that passion turns to romance - something that Walter had previously thought he would never experience again.

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The Band's Visit

When the Ceremonial Police Band of Alexandria, Egypt, journeys to a gig in Israel, they can hardly anticipate getting stuck in a rut. But upon arrival at the Israeli airport, their hosts and transportation fail to show. Trapped, the group members try to figure out what to do and where to go. In desperation, two of the musicians - conductor Tawfiq (Sasson Gabai) and playboy Haled (Saleh Bakri) - accept an invitation from sexy café owner Dina (Ronit Elkabetz) to stay with her. Within no time, the unlikeliest of interracial (Israeli-Palestinian) romances begin to blossom. Meanwhile, the remainder of the band members room with a local family, which produces overwhelming conflict and innumerable tensions. As the days roll on, the co-mingling of Egyptian band members and Israeli residents imparts each individual with insights into his cultural identity and that of the others.

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Easy Virtue

An American woman (Jessica Biel), with a failed marriage behind her, and an Englishman (Ben Barnes) get swept up in a whirlwind romance in the South of France that ends with a shotgun wedding. The consequences come when they travel to Britain to face his family, headed by Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas.

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