At the end of the First World War, two brothers return to Ireland to fight for independence. When the British government offers autonomy to the island, the population is bitterly divided; civil war breaks out and the two men find themselves on opposite sides. Directed by Ken Loach, The Wind That Shakes the Barley stars Cillian Murphy and has an 82 percent rating at Metacritic.
In 1845, a small group of settlers heading to Oregon Territory are forced to cross what is known, at the time, as the Great American Desert. The guide they hired turns out to be an incompetent braggart and water is increasingly scarce. Directed by Kelly Reichardt, Meek's Cutoff stars Michelle Williams and has an 85 percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
Georges and Anne, a happily married couple, begin to receive anonymous video recordings of the front of their house. To satisfy his curiosity and reassure his wife, Georges starts making inquiries which reveal that his family history is more complicated than he previously thought. A film by Austrian director Michael Haneke, Hidden stars Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil and has an 83 percent rating at Metacritic.
When his father has a heart attack, Antoine is asked to return from the big city and drive the family grocery van, delivering supplies to people in a remote area of Provence. He finds the job he ran away from is more important and interesting than he first expected. The Grocer's Son stars Nicolas Cazale and has a 91 percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
Rosalba is so undervalued by her family and relatives that she's accidentally forgotten and left behind during a bus tour. Making her way to Venice, she eventually finds a place to stay, gets a job more or less by accident and makes some unusual new friends. By the time her husband and children appreciate her absence and try to get her back, she's not so sure she wants to return. The Italian comedy Bread and Tulips stars Bruno Ganz and has a 68 percent rating at Metacritic.
Momo doesn't have much going for him; growing up in a poor neighborhood, his mother is dead and his father has given up parenting. When he's caught stealing groceries on a whim, the shopkeeper declines to call the police and takes the boy under his wing, teaching him about life and about being a man. Monsieur Ibrahim features a graceful performance by Omar Sharif and has a 69 percent rating at Metacritic.