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  • Goodbye Lenin! (2002) Goodbye Lenin! (2002) | DVD | (03/09/2007) from £5.24  |  Saving you £14.75 (73.80%)  |  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 £4.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)  |  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.

  • We Were Soldiers [2002] We Were Soldiers | DVD | (05/11/2007) from £4.19  |  Saving you £8.80 (67.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    In a place soon to be known as 'The Valley of Death' in a small clearing called landing zone X-Ray Lt. Colonel Hal Moore (Mel Gibson) and 400 young troops all from an elite American combat division were surrounded by 2 000 North Vietnamese soldiers. The ensuing battle was one of the most savage in U.S. history...

  • Volver [2006] Volver | DVD | (13/08/2007) from £4.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  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

  • The White Ribbon [DVD] The White Ribbon | DVD | (15/03/2010) from £8.48  |  Saving you £7.51 (47.00%)  |  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.

  • Slumdog Millionaire [DVD] Slumdog Millionaire | DVD | (01/06/2009) from £2.48  |  Saving you £15.16 (75.80%)  |  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)    

  • 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.

  • Black Book [2006] Black Book | DVD | (30/04/2007) from £3.52  |  Saving you £12.51 (62.60%)  |  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...

  • Mulholland Drive [2002] Mulholland Drive | DVD | (09/09/2002) from £5.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Pandora couldn't resist opening the forbidden box containing all the delusions of mankind, and let's just say in Mulholland Drive David Lynch indulges a similar impulse. Employing a familiar film noir atmosphere to unravel, as he coyly puts it, "a love story in the city of dreams", Lynch establishes a foreboding but playful narrative in the film's first half before subsuming all of Los Angeles and its corrupt ambitions into his voyeuristic universe of desire. Identities exchange, amnesia proliferates and nightmare visions are induced, but not before we've become enthralled by the film's two main characters: the dazed and sullen femme fatale, Rita (Laura Elena Harring), and the pert blonde just-arrived from Ontario (played exquisitely by Naomi Watts) who decides to help Rita regain her memory. Triggered by a rapturous Spanish-language version of Roy Orbison's "Crying", Lynch's best film since Blue Velvet splits glowingly into two equally compelling parts. --Fionn Meade

  • The Wave [2008] The Wave | DVD | (12/01/2009) from £5.78  |  Saving you £12.21 (67.90%)  |  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.

  • Under Suspicion [2000] Under Suspicion | DVD | (10/09/2007) from £5.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (65.70%)  |  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.

  • 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.

  • Cashback [2006] Cashback | DVD | (01/09/2008) from £5.59  |  Saving you £10.40 (65.00%)  |  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.

  • Volver [2006] Volver | DVD | (12/02/2007) from £4.49  |  Saving you £12.56 (62.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    After her death a mother (Maura) returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life. Of her family left in the town her ghost slowly becomes a comfort to her daughters (Cruz Duenas) as well as her grandchild

  • The Skin I Live In [DVD] The Skin I Live In | DVD | (26/12/2011) from £4.75  |  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...

  • Trapped [DVD] Trapped | DVD | (24/08/2009) from £6.93  |  Saving you £1.06 (13.30%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Starring Lloyd Bridges Trapped is taut unpretentious film noir directed by Richard Fleischer. The film begins in semi-documentary style explaining the workings of the U.S. Treasury Department and then follows the chain of events set in motion when a forged 20 dollar bill is discovered in California. However it takes a dramatic turn when treasury agents in Washington D.C. recognise the source of the forged bill and travel to a penitentiary in Atlanta to interview forger Tris Stewart (Lloyd Bridges). The agents engineer a fake escape for Stewart so that he can lead them to the source of the forgeries. But Stewart has others ideas and slips his minders.

  • Tell No-One [2006] Tell No-One | DVD | (15/10/2007) from £5.99  |  Saving you £14.00 (70.00%)  |  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.

  • Ghosts [2006] Ghosts | DVD | (09/04/2007) from £9.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (52.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    On February 5th 2004 twenty three Chinese drowned in Morecambe Bay. Their families in China are still paying off their debts. When a young girl Ai Qin pays $25 000 to be smuggled into the UK in order to support her family back in China she becomes another one of 3 million migrant workers that have become the bedrock of our economy. Forced to live with eleven other Chinese in a two bedroom house they work in factories preparing food for British supermarkets. Risking their lives for pennies these unprotected workers end up cockling in Morcombe Bay at night. With an extraordinary debut performance from Ai Qin Lin in a fi lm whose principal characters are played by Chinese former illegal immigrants Ghosts offers a unique insight into a secret world that surrounds us.

  • 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...

  • Them Them | DVD | (25/08/2008) from £3.99  |  Saving you £1.91 (31.90%)  |  RRP £5.99

    French teacher Clementine and her novelist partner Lucas have recently moved into a large rambling house in the woods on the outskirts of Bucharest Romania. Their life there seems tranquil almost idyllic. However one evening without warning or reason everything is turned upside down. The telephone keeps ringing; there are distant whispering voices on the end of the line. Slowly the couple realise they are not alone. They don't know it yet but they are being spied upon they're being surrounded. When night falls Clementine and Lucas will come up against THEM. They are there they are everywhere they are even in their home...Who are they? What do they want? The answers will take them to the very limits of fear itself. You'll never feel safe in your home again...

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