Little story, much reality

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1. Boy and the World (2013)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

A little boy goes on an adventurous quest in search of his father.

Director: Alê Abreu | Stars: Vinicius Garcia, Marco Aurélio Campos, Lu Horta, Felipe Zilse

Votes: 5,751 | Gross: $0.13M

2. August Winds (2014)

Unrated | 77 min | Drama

78 Metascore

The August winds gust and a poetic duel between life, death, loss, memory, the wind and the sea ensues.

Director: Gabriel Mascaro | Stars: Dandara de Morais, Geová Manoel Dos Santos, Maria Salvino Dos Santos, Cândida Bezerra Galindo

Votes: 439

3. Salt of the Earth (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, History

74 Metascore

Mexican workers at a Zinc mine call a general strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers, and importantly the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers and daughters, that they eventually triumph.

Director: Herbert J. Biberman | Stars: Juan Chacón, Rosaura Revueltas, Will Geer, David Wolfe

Votes: 2,779

4. Alexandra (2007)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, War

85 Metascore

An elderly woman takes a train trip to visit her grandson at his army camp inside Chechnya.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Galina Vishnevskaya, Vasily Shevtsov, Raisa Gichaeva, Andrei Bogdanov

Votes: 2,418

5. The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

In 1940, after watching and being traumatized by the movie Frankenstein (1931), a sensitive seven year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world.

Director: Víctor Erice | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent, Isabel Tellería

Votes: 15,455

6. Medea (II) (2017)

70 min | Drama

María José is 25. Her life moves back and forth between the monotony of class at the university, her eternally distant parents, and a couple of alternative spaces where she can explore her ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandra Latishev Salazar | Stars: Liliana Biamonte, Javier Montenegro, Erick Calderon, Marianella Protti

Votes: 83

An important event does happen, but the films shows much more the character's subjectivity out of a choerent linear story.

7. Angeli 'The Killer' (2017– )

145 min | Comedy

ANGELI THE KILLER is an animated series loosely inspired in the works and personality of the Brazilian cartoonist, Angeli, creator of the seminal magazine "Chiclete com Banana" and ... See full summary »

Stars: Angeli, Grace Gianoukas, Alessandra Negrini, Milhem Cortaz

Votes: 5

8. Daybreak Express (1953)

5 min | Documentary, Short, Music

Set to a classic Duke Ellington recording "Daybreak Express", this is a five-minute short of the soon-to-be-demolished Third Avenue elevated subway station in New York City.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker

Votes: 813

9. Vzglyanite na litso (1968)

11 min | Documentary, Short

A hidden camera captures the reaction of various people who are viewing Leonardo Da Vinci's famous painting of "Madonna and Child".

Director: Pavel Kogan

Votes: 78

Look at the face

10. Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000)

R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery

41 Metascore

A non-glamorous portrayal of the lives of people who make their living at a strip club.

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: Charlotte Ayanna, Daryl Hannah, Kristin Bauer van Straten, W. Earl Brown

Votes: 3,546 | Gross: $0.03M

11. Neighboring Sounds (2012)

Unrated | 131 min | Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

The lives of the residents of a Brazilian apartment building and the security guards who get the job guarding the surrounding streets.

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Ana Rita Gurgel, Caio Almeida, Maeve Jinkings, Dida Maia

Votes: 6,041 | Gross: $0.03M

12. Neon Bull (2015)

Unrated | 101 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Iremar works at the rodeo in North East of Brazil. From his home, the truck used to transport the animals, he dreams of a future in the region's booming clothing industry.

Director: Gabriel Mascaro | Stars: Juliano Cazarré, Maeve Jinkings, Josinaldo Alves, Roberto Birindelli

Votes: 2,417 | Gross: $0.03M

13. Yema (2012)

90 min | Drama

Une petite maison abandonnée, isolée dans la campagne algérienne. Ouardia y a enterré son fils Tarik, militaire peut-être tué par son propre frère Ali, dirigeant dun maquis islamiste. Elle ... See full synopsis »

Director: Djamila Sahraoui | Stars: Djamila Sahraoui, Samir Yahia, Ali Zarif

Votes: 70

14. I Am Twenty (1965)

189 min | Drama

Following three lifelong friends who return to Moscow after military service, we see their aspirations juxtaposed against everyday life in 1960 Soviet Union.

Director: Marlen Khutsiev | Stars: Valentin Popov, Nikolay Gubenko, Stanislav Lyubshin, Marianna Vertinskaya

Votes: 973

It is much more about the generation change, with a youth looking for a new lifestyle and without a cause and facing adulthood as a boring routine, contrasting with a previous generarion that faced much harsher difficulties in war but also motivated by the struggle against fascism, than properly about a story. Indeed, there are many small stories in characters' lives which do not form a strong comnnection and in my opinion many of them should have been cut off in order to have a lighter, sorter and more lapidated film (perhaps half of its length would be necessary). In the end of first half (the movie is divided in a juvinile half and in an adult one) and in almost all the second screenplay seems less solid, lost in a difusion of events unnecessary to show the environment (what is done beautifully in the first hour, with a magnificent cinematography and camera moves) or to pass a message. What begins brilliantly, seeming a lighter version of great classics from Mikhail Kalatozov's moviemaking and cinematography, ends somewhat boring and unfocused. Another cut would make the film much better, a masterpiece.

15. Ex isto (2016)

86 min | Drama

The famous philosopher and mathematician René Descartes (João Miguel) arrives in Brazil, where he travels in the tropics. An imaginary landing in which Descartes appears on the effect of ... See full summary »

Director: Cao Guimarães | Star: João Miguel

Votes: 20

The reality rests around the main character, whose existence there is obviously not real; though, there is little story.

16. Eletrodoméstica (2005)

22 min | Short

Middle-class family living in a house filled with superfluous electronic appliances see the arrival of a new item, a 29" TV-Set.

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Magdale Alves, Pedro Bandeira, Gabriela Souza

Votes: 258

17. Goodbye to Language (2014)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama, Fantasy

75 Metascore

A silent, surreal parallel between a couple and a dog.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Héloïse Godet, Kamel Abdelli, Richard Chevallier, Zoé Bruneau

Votes: 5,028

18. Grands soirs & petits matins (1978)

240 min | Documentary

Klein filmed the meetings, barricades, debates, lectures, and the occupations in universities during May 1968.

Director: William Klein | Stars: Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Renaud, Alain Resnais

Votes: 90

The documentary is obviously important, as it shows from inside what hapened in May 1968. Though, it is quite a brute material, with endless talks that drive to nowhere, being somewhat boring even for someone who loves politics and history.

19. Black I am (2017)

13 min | Documentary, Short, Family


Director: Laura Bermúdez

Beautiful cinematography, but it seems more a sequence of moving photographies than properly a documentary.

22. Winter adé (1989)

116 min | Documentary

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Director: Helke Misselwitz | Star: Helke Misselwitz

Votes: 57 | Gross: $0.01M

23. 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)

TV-PG | 63 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Kenji Mizuhashi, Yoshimi Kondou, Satomi Hanamura, Ayaka Onoue

Votes: 46,019

Beautiful drawing but very uninteresting, empty and boring story. As the previous film, this one is in this list for a different reason than the others.

24. Mean Streets (1973)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

96 Metascore

A small-time hood aspires to work his way up the ranks of a local mob.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, David Proval, Amy Robinson

Votes: 89,732 | Gross: $3.13M

Very little story, indeed. In spite of great actors, beautiful cinematography and amazing cinematography, its poor and undevelopped screenplay is annoying.

25. En la boca (2016)

26 min | Documentary, Short, Crime

In Buenos Aires, the Molina family lives and works in the shadows of the legendary Boca Juniors stadium. Selling fake tickets to the soccer games, they constantly get in conflict with the ... See full summary »

Director: Matteo Gariglio

Votes: 21

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