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  • Goodbye Lenin! (2002) Goodbye Lenin! (2002) | DVD | (03/09/2007) from £5.99  |  Saving you £14.00 (70.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Much like the Berlin Wall upon which much of the film hinges, Wolfgang Becker's delightful Goodbye Lenin pitches itself halfway between the spartan family theatrics of Thomas Vinterberg's Festen and the verdant sentimentality of Pedro Almodovar's All About My Mother.It's Germany, 1989, and Christiane, a staunch supporter of East Germany's socialist regime, collapses in the street as her son, Alexander, is dragged into the back of a Stasi van amidst the violence and mayhem of a peaceful protest gone wrong. A heart attack leaves Christiane in a coma for 8 tumultuous months in which the Berlin Wall falls and East and West Germany tentatively embrace reunification. Upon her waking, the doctors inform son Alexander and daughter Ariana that the slightest shock is likely to kill their mother - so Alexander hatches a plan, a plan that will see East Germany immortalised within the confines of his mother's bedroom.Alexander, played with suitable intensity by Daniel Bruhl (he looks like Ahston Kuchler, of MTV's Punk'd, but he acts like Spiderman's Tobey Maguire) - is forced to hunt out abandoned jars of Spreewald Pickles, film news stories with his Kubrick-loving buddy explaining the appearance of huge Coca Cola billboards across the street and pay children to pretend to be former pupils of his mother - all to maintain the pretence of the continued existence of East Germany.Striking precisely the right balance between the sour reality experienced by many East Germans (old man Gdanske prowls around the periphery of the movie howling for the bad old days, Alexander and Ariane find themselves cheated out of thousands of Deutschmarks by the bank), and the lightness required to make what is essentially dark material comic, Becker fashions what many consider to be something of a first: a dazzling German comedy.

  • Pan's Labyrinth [2006] Pan's Labyrinth | DVD | (21/05/2007) from £3.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Innocence Has A Power Evil Cannot Imagine. Pan's Labyrinth is the story of a young girl that travels with her mother and adoptive father to a rural area up North in Spain 1944 - after Franco's victory. The girl lives in an imaginary world of her own creation and faces the real world with much chagrin. Post-war Fascist repression is at its height in rural Spain and the girl must come to terms with that through a fable of her own.

  • Slumdog Millionaire [DVD] Slumdog Millionaire | DVD | (01/06/2009) from £2.49  |  Saving you £15.35 (76.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Danny Boyle (Sunshine) directed this wildly energetic, Dickensian drama about the desultory life and times of an Indian boy whose bleak, formative experiences lead to an appearance on his country's version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" Jamal (played as a young man by Dev Patel) and his brother are orphaned as children, raising themselves in various slums and crime-ridden neighorhoods and falling in, for a while, with a monstrous gang exploiting children as beggars and prostitutes. Driven by his love for Latika (Freida Pinto), Jamal, while a teen, later goes on a journey to rescue her from the gang's clutches, only to lose her again to another oppressive fate as the lover of a notorious gangster. Running parallel with this dark yet irresistible adventure, told in flashback vignettes, is the almost inexplicable sight of Jamal winning every challenge on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?," a strong showing that leads to a vicious police interrogation. As Jamal explains how he knows the answer to every question on the show as the result of harsh events in his knockabout life, the chaos of his existence gains shape, perspective and soulfulness. The film's violence is offset by a mesmerizing exotica shot and edited with a great whoosh of vitality. Boyle successfully sells the story's most unlikely elements with nods to literary and cinematic conventions that touch an audience's heart more than its head. --Tom Keogh Stills from Slumdog Millionaire (Click for larger image)    

  • Black Book [2006] Black Book | DVD | (30/04/2007) from £4.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In 1944 the young Jewish woman Rachel Steinn tries together with her family and other Jews to flee the Nazi-occupied part of the Netherlands to the liberated southern part of the country by boat. However getting there proves more difficult than any of them could imagine...

  • Volver [2006] Volver | DVD | (13/08/2007) from £4.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Spanish for "coming back," Volver is a return to the all-female format of All About My Mother. Unlike Pedro Almodóvar's previous two pictures, the story revolves around a group of women in Madrid and his native La Mancha. (The cast received a collective best actress award at Cannes.) Raimunda (a zaftig Penélope Cruz) is the engine powering this heartfelt, yet humorous vehicle. When husband Paco (Antonio de la Torre) is murdered, Raimunda makes like Mildred Pierce to deflect attention away from daughter Paula (Yohana Cobo). After telling everyone the lout has left, she struggles to conceal his body. The other women in her life all have secrets of their own. Her sister, Sole (Lola Dueñas), for instance, has taken in their mother, Irene (a sprightly Carmen Maura). Since Irene perished in a fire, is this person a ghost or simply a woman who looks like her? Then there's their childhood friend, Agustina (Blanca Portillo), who is desperate to find out why her mother disappeared after the blaze. Was she responsible? Almodóvar deftly blends the ghost story with the murder mystery in his tribute to the Italian neo-realist films of the 1950s. The resilient Raimunda is a throwback to the earthy heroines of Sophia Loren and Anna Magnani. The latter appears in Luchino Visconti's Bellissima, which shows up on Sole's television one night (thus confirming the link). If Almodóvar's 16th feature lacks the emotional punch of the more audacious Talk to Her, it's less heavy-handed than Bad Education and Cruz is a revelation. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

  • Cashback [2006] Cashback | DVD | (01/09/2008) from £5.10  |  Saving you £10.89 (68.10%)  |  RRP £15.99

    When art student Ben Willis is dumped by his girlfriend Suzy he develops insomnia. To pass the long hours of the night he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket. There he meets a colourful array of characters all of whom have their own 'art' in dealing with the boredom of an eight-hour shift.

  • Force Majeure DVD Force Majeure DVD | DVD | (29/06/2015) from £6.48  |  Saving you £9.51 (59.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Whilst on a ski holiday in the French Alps a family are suddenly hit by what looks to be a deadly avalanche and the father-andhusband makes a cowardly run for it abandoning his wife and two children. However when it turns out to be a false alarm he has to slink back and face the people he is meant to love and the judgements they will form of him. This Golden Globe nominated comedy deconstructs everything to do with masculinity and being an “alpha male” in hilarious fashion.

  • Tell No-One [2006] Tell No-One | DVD | (15/10/2007) from £2.54  |  Saving you £14.20 (71.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Relentless edge-of-your-seat suspense jaw-dropping high-octane action and a powerful love story combine in what has been hailed by many critics as the best film of the year. Tell No One follows one man's frantic race against time when his tragic past is suddenly and unexpectedly unearthed. Dr. Alex Beck is left unconscious after his wife and childhood sweetheart Margot is brutally murdered. 8 years on and still unaware of the truth Alex receives an anonymous e-mail. Clicking on the link he sees a woman's face in a crowd - Margot's face... But before this can sink in Alex is thrown headlong into a deadly chase - running from both the Police and a team of killers who will stop at nothing to keep the truth hidden.

  • The Wave [2008] The Wave | DVD | (12/01/2009) from £5.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (66.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Based on a real-life experiment that took place in a Californian high school The Wave tells the story of a high school teacher's unusual class experiment. In an attempt to demonstrate what life is like under a dictatorship the teacher comes up with an experiment to explain to his students how totalitarian governments work. A role-playing game with tragic results. Within a few days what began with harmless notions like discipline and community builds into a real movement: The Wave. As the students boundaries are pushed things begin to spiral out of control and this newly found cult starts to take on a life of its own.

  • It's All Gone Pete Tong It's All Gone Pete Tong | DVD | (10/09/2007) from £5.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (65.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The legend of Frankie Wilde - the deaf DJ! Frankie Wilde (Paul Kaye) is the hearing-impaired DJ who delights the clubbers on the island of Ibiza by coupling his larger-than-life drug and alcohol-fuelled persona with undeniable skills behind the turntables. But as Frankie's hearing rapidly disintegrates and his former manager wife friends and record label slowly fade away the distraught DJ plunges into the depths of despair... Shot in a mockumentary style reminiscent of This Is Spinal Tap focusing on the scene so brilliantly captured in 24 Hour Party People director Michael Dowse's film is a funny touching tale.

  • Biutiful [DVD] [2010] Biutiful | DVD | (16/05/2011) from £4.74  |  Saving you £11.18 (62.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who's sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate that works against him in order to forgive for love and forever.

  • Son Of Saul [Blu-ray] Son Of Saul | Blu Ray | (27/06/2016) from £17.95  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and Golden Globe, Son of Saul is Hungarian director László Nemes' blistering debut feature, a courageous and unflinching reimagining of the Holocaust drama. Saul Ausländer is a member of the Sonderkommando, the Jewish prisoners forced to assist in the machinery of the Nazi concentration camps. While at work, he discovers the body of a boy he recognises as his son. As the Sonderkommando plan a rebellion, Saul vows to carry out an impossible task: to save the child's body from the flames and to find a rabbi to recite the mourner's Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial. Anchored by a riveting and intensely brave performance from newcomer Géza Röhrig, Son of Saul is a remarkable exploration of one of humanity's darkest moments. Visceral, gripping and immensely powerful, it is one of the boldest and most remarkable debuts in recent memory - and is already being heralded as a masterpiece of world cinema.

  • Under Suspicion [2000] Under Suspicion | DVD | (10/09/2007) from £3.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    A hidden past. A secret life. Witness or suspect? Guilty or innocent? Two men. One night. The police captain on the island of Puerto Rico (Morgan Freeman) interviews a prominent tax attorney and old friend (Gene Hackman) - the witness to one of a shocking series of brutal crimes. But what begins as a cooperative conversation between peers descends into a night of intense interrogation between fierce adversaries.

  • The Lives Of Others [Blu-ray] [2007] The Lives Of Others | Blu Ray | (02/08/2010) from £9.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (52.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    East Berlin November 1984. Five years before its downfall the former East-German government ensured its claim to power with a ruthless system of control and surveillance. Party-loyalist Captain Gerd Wiesler hopes to boost his career when given the job of collecting evidence against the playwright Georg Dreyman and his girlfriend the celebrated theatre actress Christa-Maria Sieland. After all the operation is backed by the highest political circles. What he didn't anticipate however was that submerging oneself into the world of the target also changes the surveillance agent. The immersion in the lives of others - in love literature free thinking and speech - makes Wiesler acutely aware of the meagerness of his own existence and opens to him a completely new way of life which he has ever more trouble resisting. But the system once started cannot be stopped. A dangerous game has begun...

  • Wah-Wah [2006] Wah-Wah | DVD | (17/09/2007) from £5.49  |  Saving you £14.50 (72.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Every family has its own language. This heart-warming 'coming of age' comedy-drama from director Richard E. Grant is seen through the eyes of young Ralph Compton and mirrors his own experiences as a boy living in Swaziland. Swaziland 169: the British ex-pat community is thrown into turmoil by the impending arrival of Independence signalling the end of their pampered decadent lifestyles. Ralph Compton is stuck in the middle of a messy divorce. His father's re-marriage to a brash ex-airhostess and Ralph's lead role in a production of Camelot and his discovering love take centre stage.

  • The White Ribbon [DVD] The White Ribbon | DVD | (15/03/2010) from £7.92  |  Saving you £8.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Winner of the Palme d'Or Cannes Film Festival 2009. In an isolated Protestant village in northern Germany strange accidents occur which gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual. Who is behind it all? Operating at the peak of his considerable artistic powers master filmmaker Michael Haneke (Funny Games Hidden) has created a rich sinister and utterly compelling mystery set during the years immediately prior to World War I.

  • Open Your Eyes [1997] Open Your Eyes | DVD | (24/09/2007) from £5.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (65.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Alejandro Amenabar directs Penelope Cruz in the film that would later be remade by Hollywood as Vanilla Sky (Dir. Cameron Crowe 2001). In this steamy intriguingly complex psychological thriller the line between reality and fantasy is hopelessly blurred. Cesar tries to make sense of his life after a car crash leaves his once-handsome face grotesquely disfigured. After he is placed into a psychiatric penitentiary for a murder he doesn't remember committing Cesar's only hope is to delve into the depths of his subconscious mind where the answer to ending his living nightmare lies in his dreams.

  • The Skin I Live In [DVD] The Skin I Live In | DVD | (26/12/2011) from £5.59  |  Saving you £14.40 (72.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar comes The Skin I Live In...Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig...

  • Brotherhood Of The Wolf [2001] Brotherhood Of The Wolf | DVD | (23/09/2002) from £2.97  |  Saving you £11.06 (69.20%)  |  RRP £15.99

    If you crave an over-the-top historical kung fu-fantasy epic with a good dose of voluptuous nudity, bravura machismo, and passions so intense they verge on ridiculous, then Brotherhood of the Wolf is for you. Based (loosely) on an 18th-century legend, this French film follows a hunky scientist (Samuel Le Bihan) and his Iroquois sidekick/spiritual partner (Mark Dacascos) as they pursue a monstrous wolf ravaging the French countryside. Along the way Le Bihan gets entwined with a beautiful noblewoman (Emilie Dequenne) and a gorgeous prostitute (Monica Belluci) with secrets to tell. The plot grows more and more incomprehensible, but the mix of torrid emotions, outrageous action sequences, and lurid titillation is really what the movie is about. Ignore the highbrow philosophising and confused political intrigue; just enjoy the sensual images.--Bret Fetzer On the DVD: Brotherhood of the Wolf is a film which revels in excess, yet the extra features on the disc are surprisingly sparse. The DVD boasts a programme on the legend of the Beast of the Gevaudan, as well as the original theatrical trailer, which was obviously geared towards an American audience--all action, no (French) dialogue. Unfortunately, though the DVD gives the viewer the option of watching the film in French (with English subtitles) or dubbed in English, only the dubbed version has Dolby 5.1 sound. Viewers who want to watch this film in its original language are forced to settle for 2.0. --Rob Burrow

  • The Class [DVD] [2008] The Class | DVD | (15/06/2009) from £5.99  |  Saving you £14.00 (70.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The greatest lessons are learnt when life enters the classroom. The tense environment of a tough inner-city school where cultures and attitudes often clash is revealed in this award-winning drama based on Fran''ois B''gaudeau's best-selling novel Between the Walls. B''gaudeau himself stars as an idealistic teacher of a class of unruly 15 year-olds whose spiky independence present a constant challenge to his sometimes unconventional teaching methods. Featuring an outstanding non-professional cast of real teachers and students Laurent Cantet's gripping and sharply observed film offers a microcosm of contemporary society and explores the issues and challenges of education today.

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