Amid the thousands of options in the Netflix catalog, masterpieces of world cinema lurk that have not gone through the grand prizes, such as the Oscars, but are of sufficient quality to compete head-on with the winners. For cinephiles on duty, Bula has put together ten examples on a list. The selection covers features of different genres and nationalities, all acclaimed by specialized critics. Among them, the Taiwanese drama “A Sun” (2019), by Mong-Hong Chung; the French novel “Monsieur & Madame Adelman” (2017), by Nicolas Bedos; and the American dramatic comedy “The Meyerowitz: Family is not chosen” (2017), directed by Noah Baumbach.
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At a party, Janne is sexually abused by Martin, her boss's brother-in-law. In shock, she decides not to tell anyone what happened, not even to her husband, trying to get on with her life as usual. But every day, Janne meets the rapist again, as they work in the same office. The memories of the abuse upset her and she realizes that she can no longer be silent.
The film follows the story of the couple Qin and Chen and their two children, A-Hao and A-Ho. A-Hao, the eldest, has always made his parents proud and is studying to enter medical school. But, A-Ho is considered the disappointment of the family and ends up being arrested for theft. Qin refuses to help his son and even asks the judge to sentence him. One day, a girl appears asking Chen for help, saying that she is pregnant with A-Ho and will have her child even if he doesn't get out of jail.
After 12 years, Luo Hongwu returns to Kaili, the city from which he fled for committing a murder. Back at his father's funeral, Luo remembers the death of an old friend, Wildcat, and tries to reunite with Wan Qiwen, a woman he never managed to forget, with whom he had lived a romance for almost 20 years. As Luo walks the streets of Kaili to find Wan, his memories mix with the present and lead him to delirium.
After 12 years, Luo Hongwu returns to Kaili, the city from which he fled for committing a murder. Back at his father's funeral, Luo remembers the death of an old friend, Wildcat, and tries to reunite with Wan Qiwen, a woman he never managed to forget, with whom he lived in a romance for almost 20 years. As Luo walks the streets of Kaili to find Wan, his memories mix with the present and lead him to delirium.
An improbable friendship is born between two misfit neighbors. Michael, the youngest of them, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Because he considers the treatment too cruel, he does not want to go through chemotherapy sessions and decides to travel to buy a drug that will take his life before his illness. But, he doesn't want to hit the road alone and asks his neighbor, Andy, to accompany him.
Victor, an amateur writer, falls in love with Sarah, a student of literature. With the help of his girlfriend, he finally achieves the recognition he always dreamed of. The two marry and live together for 45 years, overcoming all difficulties, fights and betrayals. When Victor dies, Sarah is approached by a journalist who wants to tell the story of the writer through the eyes of the woman who has always accompanied him.
Members of three generations of the same family live together in Georgia. At the age of 52, the matriarch of this suffocating home, Manana, shocks everyone when she decides to leave the house and live alone. Tired of the routine and her unhappy marriage, she realizes that she needs change to find joy in life. Now, she will have to reinvent herself to learn to live away from her family.
The dramatic comedy brings together big names in humor, such as Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler. Set in New York, it tells the story of Harold Meyerowitz, a retired sculptor married to Maureen and father of Matthew and Danny. One day, the patriarch discovers that an exhibition is being organized in honor of his works. However, he falls ill, and the family needs to overcome past problems to help him.
In a futuristic setting, Gwen is a 40-year-old woman who has worked for years as a spokesperson for a company that offers beauty services. But after hearing that she is too old to represent the brand, she is fired. Unemployed and without any perspective, Gwen receives a tempting proposal: she can return to work if she accepts to be the subject of a new experiment of the company, a rejuvenation surgery.
During World War II in Poland, French nurse Mathilde discovers that the nuns at a local convent were raped by soldiers and many of them are pregnant. Despite being scheduled to care only for the French, Mathilde secretly helps the sisters. She has to deal with the judgment of the nuns themselves, who feel guilty thinking they have violated the vow of chastity, and do not accept that their bodies are touched.