4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS -The friendship between two girls is tested to its absolute limits in this utterly compelling drama set in the twilight years of Communist-era Romania. Gabita (Laura Vasiliu), young and naÃ¯ve, is pregnant. She turns to her more pragmatic room mate Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) for help and a meeting is arranged in a downtown hotel with the shady Mr Bebe (Vlad Ivanov). Entering a dangerous and illegal underworld where the stakes are high and nothing is as it seems, the girls are set for a life-changing experience that neither will ever forget.... Brilliantly observed, superbly performed and directed with quite astonishing flair, this tense, poignant and provocative film has been hailed as a modern masterpiece. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR - At 15, Adele doesn't question it: girls go out with boys. Her life is changed forever when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself. THE CLASS - 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 FranÃ§ois BÃ©gaudeau s best-selling novel Between the Walls. BÃ©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. THE WHITE RIBBON -A village in Protestant northern Germany. 1913-1914. On the eve of World War I. The story of the children and teenagers of a choir run by the village schoolteacher, and their families: the baron, the steward, the pastor, the doctor, the midwife, the tenant farmers. Strange accidents occur and gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual. Who is behind it all? [show more]
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Collection of four films which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The Romanian drama '4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days' (2007) takes place over the course of one day in 1987. When college student Gabita (Laura Vasiliu) falls pregnant, her kind-hearted friend, Otilia (Anamaria Marinca), helps her to get an abortion from the shady Mr. Bebe (Vlad Ivanov). In Ceausescu's totalitarian Romania however, abortion and contraception are both illegal. The film follows Otilia's attempts to help her friend despite the terrible obstacles in her path and the fact that Gabita hasn't been entirely honest with her. 'Blue Is the Warmest Colour' (2013) follows the 17-year-old closeted student Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) as she pursues a passionate and fiery relationship with an older and 'out' blue-haired lesbian called Emma (Léa Seydoux). Throughout their relationship the two women learn a lot about the pains and joys of being in love and the importance of staying true to oneself. 'The Class' (2008), based on the book by teacher Francois Begaudeau, chronicles a year in an inner-city Parisian high school with a high intake of pupils from multicultural backgrounds. Begaudeau himself stars as the teacher, François Marin, who struggles to keep his motley crew of pupils engaged with their studies and out of trouble. 'The White Ribbon' (2009), written and directed by Michael Haneke, examines German rural village life in 1913. Focusing in particular on the austere and often brutal environment of the village school, the film exposes the cruelty and hypocrisy of adults towards children and offers an insight into the undercurrents of patriarchy and repression that went on to shape 20th-century Germany. As the outbreak of war draws near, a series of violent and unexplained events shake the small community to its core.