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An eclectic mix of inspiring international cinema2 Title THE THIRD WIFE Short description In 19th-century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. Soon, she learns that she can only gain status by asserting herself as a woman who can give birth to a male child. May’s hope to change her status turns into a real and tantalizing possibility when she gets pregnant. Faced with forbidden love and its devastating consequences, May finally comes to an understanding of the brutal truth: the options available to her are few and far between. Image Link to

Inside Paris

Inside Paris

(M) Dir. Christophe Honor, France, 2006. 92 min | Drama, Romance
Directors’ Fortnight Cannes Film Festival 2006. After breaking up with his long-time girlfriend, Paul returns to his father’s home in Paris. Depressed and lethargic, he remains housebound whilst his younger brother walks the streets of Paris, Antoine Doinel style, chatting up girls. But what this apparent lightness conceals is a deep wound.

Happy Together

Happy Together

(M) Dir. Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong, 1997. 96 min | Drama, Romance
A chamber drama about two male lovers from Hong Kong, Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing, who start off seeking a new life but end up separating on their way to a waterfall in Argentina. When they meet again, the two realise that being romantically involved is not going work. Instead, Yiu-Fai meets young Chang from Taiwan, bringing a new hope to his life, while Po-Wing continues to suffer on a downwards spiral. From the director of In the Mood for Love and 2046.

A Common Thread

A Common Thread

(M) Dir. Elonore Faucher, France, 2004. 89 min | Drama, Romance
When Claire learns that she is five months pregnant at the tender age of 17, she decides to give birth anonymously. She finds refuge with Madame Melikian, an embroiderer for haute couture designers.

Sabah

Sabah

(PG) Dir. Ruba Nadda, Canada, 2005. 87 min | Comedy, Romance
Sabah is a smart, attractive Canadian Muslim whose passion and independence have been dulled by 20 years of duty to her loving yet demanding family. As a treat to herself on her 40th birthday, Sabah buys a swimsuit and then goes swimming. She meets Stephen, who is tall, handsome, sympathetic and definitely not Muslim. Their mutual attraction grows and Sabah finds herself sneaking around like a teenager. Eventually she will have to confront her family – can she rely on their love?

The Stroll

The Stroll

(M) Dir. Aleksey Uchitel, Russia, 2003. 90 min | Drama, Romance
Three young romantics dance around St. Petersburg, Russia, getting themselves involved in everything from a soccer riot to a rainstorm to a fight between best friends. Set in mostly real time, Olya, Alyosha and Petya act as if the world is their due and they live to enjoy every moment of it.

Yes

Yes

(M) Dir. Sally Potter, UK/USA, 2004. 100 min | Drama, Romance
Follows a passionate love affair between an American woman and a Middle-Eastern man in which they confront some of the greatest conflicts of our generation religious, political and sexual.

In the Shadow of Women

In the Shadow of Women

(CTC) Dir. Philippe Garrel, France, 2015. 73 min | Drama, Romance
After Jealousy, Philippe Garrel delivers a new variation on the theme of romantic passion, the birth and death of relationships and the strange paths of desire. Pierre and Manon make low-budget documentaries and live off odd jobs. When Pierre meets a young trainee, Elisabeth, she becomes his mistress. Cannes International Film Festival, Directors’ Fortnight 2015 – Opening Night.

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