Jun 25

Night Train (2007) aka Ye che

Wu Hongyan is a young woman working as a prison guard during executions of female convicts. She feels lonely after her husband died, and she takes a night train to another city to visit a dating service. After a series of unsuccessful dates, she meets Li Jun. It quickly becomes obvious that he is hiding a secret: he is the widower of one of the female convicts of which Wu Hongyan assisted in the execution. Li Jun is torn apart by his feelings, as he is both attracted to Wu Hongyan, and having a desire for revenge for his executed wife.

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Jun 23

J’ai droit au plaisir (1976) aka Ho diritto al piacere

Nadine, 18, whose mother remarried, hates her stepfather and, because of him, hates herself and men and love. She goes from meeting to meeting with so much indifference that she cannot find the pleasure she think she has right until the day when, in New York on a ferry, she meets Jimmy, and it’s love crazy. Filmed in Paris, Montreal and New York this flamboyant film with torrid sequences subliminated by the natural and the sincerity of the young and delightful Laura Viala, met the triumphant success that it deserved when it was released on Sept 22, 1976 in Alpha-France theaters.

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Mar 25

Going Places (1974) aka Les Valseuses

Two whimsical, aimless thugs harass and assault women, steal, murder, and alternately charm, fight, or sprint their way out of trouble. They take whatever the bourgeois characters value: whether it’s cars, peace of mind, or daughters. Marie-Ange, a jaded, passive hairdresser, joins them as lover, cook, and mother confessor. She’s on her own search for seemingly unattainable sexual pleasure.

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Feb 08

Love and Bruises (2011) aka Amor e Dor

In Paris, the Chinese university student Hua is dumped by her lover. Hua wanders on the streets and the French worker Mathieu accidentally hits her face with the pipes that he is carrying on his shoulder. Mathieu apologizes to Hua and invites her to have dinner with him. When they leave the restaurant, Mathieu rapes her and then he accompanies Hua home. Hua is a promiscuous and submissive woman and she has one night stand with Mathieu. The unlike couple falls begin a relationship based on a strong sexual desire. The insecure Mathieu decides to test Hua’s fidelity and his friend Giovanni also rapes her. Their troubled relationship ends when Hua finds secrets about Mathieu’s life and decides to return to China.

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