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1.
La guerre des boutons (1962)
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The school boys of two villages in France are fighting. Their trophy are the buttons they will snatch from the enemy. This fight will bring those kids to everlasting friendship...eventually. (90 mins.)
Director: Yves Robert
“ Children also have their gangs, wars, and POVs. Unlike in grownups' wars, no one is killed (although one little boy famously says, "If I'd known it I wouldn't have come"). ” - albstein
 
2.
Carnival of Souls (1962)
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After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. (78 mins.)
Director: Herk Harvey
 
3.
Le vieil homme et l'enfant (1967)
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Claude is a Jew. Because of the risks of an arrest (France is occupied by the Nazis), his parents send him away to an elderly couple in the country... (90 mins.)
Director: Claude Berri
“ During World War 2, a Jewish boy is sent from Paris to the countryside, where he lives with an antisemitic old man. This movie doesn't preach tolerance with a moralizing tone, but with warmth and humor. ” - albstein
 
4.
Daisy Town (1971)
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When the members of a caravan of pioneers find a daisy growing in the middle of the desert they decide... (71 mins.)
Director: René Goscinny
 
5.
The Wicker Man (1973)
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A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. (88 mins.)
Director: Robin Hardy
“ Is it a horror film? Or a mystery thriller? A musical, perhaps? All at once, and so much more. ” - albstein
 
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Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle (1974)
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Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note. (110 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ Kaspar Hauser was a young man who appeared up on a market place in 19th century Nuremberg and claimed to have grown up in a cabin without outisde contact. Werner Herzog tells the story of a human who has a radically different perspective on the world, but who seems more sane than the people around him.

Bruno S., who plays Kaspar, was himself neglected as a child and never properly raised. He is the most fitting of Herzog's lead actors beside Klaus Kinski. Herzog himself grew up with mountains, cows, and Greek poetry, unaware of TV or phones. He literally "descended" to modern civilization as a young man, a little like Kaspar, and remains a stranger among us. ” - albstein
 
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Les 12 travaux d'Astérix (1976)
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The Gauls have the chance to become the new masters of the Roman empire if they can solve twelve tasks set by Julius Cesar. (82 mins.)
“ Astérix and Obélix are Gallic warriors who defend their little village against Roman invasors. Caesar gives them 12 tasks - if they succeed in each, they may live on in peace.

This film is not just witty and shows children some aspects of ancient Rome, but it's also a social satire. "The House that Makes You Crazy" is a great allegory on bureacracy. ” - albstein
 
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¿Quién puede matar a un niño? (1976)
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A couple of English tourists arrive on an island where all the children have gone crazy and are murdering the adults. (112 mins.)
 
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Sorcerer (1977)
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Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle. (121 mins.)
 
10.
The Driver (1978)
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A getaway driver becomes the latest assignment for a tenancious detective. (91 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
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Burden of Dreams (1982 Documentary)
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A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo, showing how the film... (95 mins.)
Director: Les Blank
 
13.
Extreme Prejudice (1987)
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A Texas Ranger and a ruthless narcotics kingpin - they were childhood friends, now they are adversaries... (96 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
14.
Lektionen in Finsternis (1992 Documentary)
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This film shows the disaster of the Kuwaitian oil fields in flames, with few interviews and no explanatory narration. Hell itself is presented in such beautiful sights and music that one has to be fascinated by it. (54 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ A desolate landscape. Flames blazing high. Civilization in destruction. This is not a Science-Fiction movie, but a Werner Herzog documentary about burning oil fields in the Gulf War. ” - albstein
 
15.
Raising Cain (1992)
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The oncologist wife of a prominent child psychologist suspects her husband has an unhealthy scientific obsession with their child, unaware of what - or who - is really going on inside his head. (91 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
16.
Pusher (1996)
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A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord. (110 mins.)
“ If you thought Scorsese's "Mean Streets" was gritty, see this movie. Mads Mikkelsen (in his debut), Kim Bodnia and Zlatko Buric make you feel uneasy with their presence. ” - albstein
 
17.
Bacheha-Ye aseman (1997)
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After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair. (89 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
18.
Seul contre tous (1998)
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A horse meat butcher's life and mind begins to breakdown as he lashes out against various factions of society while attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter. (93 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
 
19.
Bleeder (1999)
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Two stories for the price of one: Lenny works in a video shop and tries to get aquainted with the waitress Lea. Leo beats his pregnant wife, Louise, which is a VERY bad idea, as her brother, Louis, is a violent racist. (98 mins.)
“ "Bleeder" is at the same time crazy *beep* and a love story. A bunch of guys hang around the video store and watch movies. Like in "Pusher", everything feels direct and intimate. ” - albstein
 
20.
Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages (2000)
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A young man harasses a homeless woman, another man protests, the police arrest both and the woman has to leave the country. What were their various story-lines leading up to this event? (118 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
21.
Dolls (2002)
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Three stories of never-ending love. (114 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
“ (SPOILER)

An old gangster comes to a park bench. His former girlfriend has been waiting there for him, for decades. The gangster softens. He wants to return the next day. On his way home, a young gangster approaches him from behind. A river. A red leaf falls into it and disappears in the stream. ” - albstein
 
22.
Tokyo Goddofazazu (2003)
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On Christmas Eve, three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo find a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find its parents. (93 mins.)
 
23.
Pusher II (2004)
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Tony is released from prison - again. This time he has his mind set on changing his broken down life, but that is easier said than done. (100 mins.)
 
24.
Pusher III (2005)
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Milo tries to be a family man and run his criminal organization but a wrong drug shipment endangers everything. (90 mins.)
 
25.
Hak se wui (2005)
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Rival gang leaders are locked in a struggle to become the new chairman of Hong Kong's Triad society. (100 mins.)
Director: Johnnie To
“ A movie full of bizarre and funny ideas. Triad elders elect a new leader, but democracy doesn't really work anymore in our times. ” - albstein
 
26.
Ai no mukidashi (2008)
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A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist. (237 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
 
27.
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)
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Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants. (122 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
28.
Only God Forgives (2013)
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Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death. (90 mins.)
 
29.
Lost River (2014)
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A single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town. (95 mins.)
Director: Ryan Gosling