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Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, biography
CountryBelgium
CharactersPsychologists, Slaves
PlotLove, On real events, Depression, Art, False accusations
StyleMakes me think, Serious

In 1997, the Belgian public was in shock when judge Koen A. was convicted for the S&M relationship with his wife. Although their life was destroyed by the verdict, Koen and his wife Magda remain together today. The film is a story about dark sexuality and true love, told from the lover's unique point of view

Markimdb: 5.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryCanada
CharactersGangsters
PlaceUSA
StyleAction, Disturbing

Alberta, a mousy young woman with the survival skills of a snail, loses cash that isn't hers, so she runs from her small town to Seattle where her old babysitter, Celene, lives - a dominatrix with a classy apartment and a life plan. She lets Alberta stay. Alberta gets a job as a checker at a supermarket and becomes fascinated with Celene's work.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama
CountryUSA
PlotFriendship
PlaceUSA, Office
StyleTouching, Depressive, Serious

A searing look at a day in the life of an assistant to a powerful executive. As Jane follows her daily routine, she grows increasingly aware of the insidious abuse that threatens every aspect of her position.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryFinland, Latvia
CharactersDogs, Teens, Surgeons
PlotLove, Death
StylePsychological problems

Juha has lost his wife in an accident. Years after, he still feels numb and unable to connect with people. Meeting Mona, a dominatrix, changes everything.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, Hungary
Duration01:44
CharactersLesbians, Insects, Maids
PlotPassion, Obsession, Loneliness
StyleRomantic, Atmospheric, Makes me think

Day in and day out, lovers Cynthia and Evelyn enact an elaborate sadomasochistic fantasy as mistress and maid. But as their ritual of domination and submission begins to turn stale, Cynthia yearns for something more conventional, while Evelyn tries to push their taboos even further.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryFrance, Poland
Duration01:36
CharactersActors
PlotPassion, Rivalry
PlaceFrance
StyleAction, By books, Atmospheric, Explicit scenes, Serious

An enigmatic actress (Emmanuelle Seigner) may have a hidden agenda when she auditions for a part in a misogynistic writer's (Mathieu Amalric) play.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:10
CharactersScientists, Psychologists, Inventors, Elephants
PlotOn real events, Relationship, Experiments, Test, Power
PlaceUSA
StylePsychological problems, Inspirational, Fascinating, Tense, Intellectual

Yale University, 1961. Stanley Milgram designs a psychology experiment that still resonates to this day, in which people think they’re delivering painful electric shocks to an affable stranger strapped into a chair in another room. Despite his pleads for mercy, the majority of subjects don’t stop the experiment, administering what they think is a near-fatal electric shock, simply because they’ve been told to do so. With Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram strikes a nerve in popular culture and the scientific community with his exploration into people’s tendency to comply with authority. Celebrated in some circles, he is also accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster, but his wife Sasha stands by him through it all.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryBelgium, Canada, France
Duration01:36
CharactersGay, Musicians, Pianists, Bartenders
PlacePrison
StyleTouching, Serious

Paulo, a young pianist, meets Ilir, a double-bass player originally from Albania. It's love at first sight. Confronted by Anka, Paulo finds himself out on the street. Despite Ilir's misgivings, Paulo moves in with him. One day, when Paulo promises that he will love Ilir for the rest of his life, Ilir leaves the city and doesn't return. A few days later, Paulo finds out that Ilir is in jail, and the two lovers embark on an heart-breaking relationship.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy
CountryUSA
Duration01:17
CharactersBlonde girls, Businessmen, Old man
PlotDancing, Obsession

Sixty-five-year-old John Hodges must retire from Acme Printing. He later impersonates the president of the parent company and arrives at his old plant on an inspection tour. Acme president McKinley is so nervous not even his beautiful secretary Harriet can calm him. McKinley's wife Lucille becomes infatuated with Hodges. Many further complications ensue.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:32
PlotLife, Family life
PlaceUSA
TimeNew Year, Halloween
StyleLight, Fascinating

A middle aged, middle class, former music industry executive with a stay-at-home wife and son toils away at a supermarket chain. When a new high energy boss enters the company, she increases his fortunes and responsibilities while also creating tension in both his professional and personal life.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA, Australia
Duration01:41
CharactersLawyers, Billionaires
PlotLove, Love triangle, Tennis, Rivalry
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleRomantic, Light, Cute

Dedicated environmental lawyer Lucy Kelson goes to work for billionaire George Wade as part of a deal to preserve a community center. Indecisive and weak-willed George grows dependent on Lucy's guidance on everything from legal matters to clothing. Exasperated, Lucy gives notice and picks Harvard graduate June Carter as her replacement. As Lucy's time at the firm nears an end, she grows jealous of June and has second thoughts about leaving George.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:49
CharactersCinderella, Strong women
PlotLove triangle, Fate
PlaceWall Street, New York
StyleCute, For girls, Fascinating, Smart

Tess McGill is an ambitious secretary with a unique approach for climbing the ladder to success. When her classy, but villainous boss breaks a leg skiing, Tess takes over her office, her apartment and even her wardrobe. She creates a deal with a handsome investment banker that will either take her to the top, or finish her off for good.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:19
CharactersBusinessmen, Sisters
PlotFriendship, Success, Rivalry
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching

Jerry Maguire used to be a typical sports agent: willing to do just about anything he could to get the biggest possible contracts for his clients, plus a nice commission for himself. Then, one day, he suddenly has second thoughts about what he's really doing. When he voices these doubts, he ends up losing his job and all of his clients, save Rod Tidwell, an egomaniacal football player.

Markimdb: 4.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryRussia
Duration01:30

Anatoli Yefremovich Novoseltsev works in a ratings company, whose director is an unattractive and bossy woman. An old friend of his, Yuri Grigorievich Samokhvalov, who gets appointed assistant director, wants to make Novoseltsev the manager but encounters objections from Ludmila Prokopievna Kalugina, the director. Samokhvalov then advises Novoseltsev to lightly hit on the boss. Ironically, Novoseltsev and Kalugina fall in love with each other...

Markimdb: 5.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryMexico
Duration01:34
CharactersRobots, Wizards
PlotHockey, Teleportation
StyleAction

Journalist Laura works at home, isolating herself from others. While she lies to her mother and brother, Raul, on the phone about having an active social life, Laura's days consist of gazing at her neighbors, eating canned food and going to clubs to bring home strangers. As the anniversary of her father's death draws near, Laura develops a relationship with Arturo, a charismatic actor who shares her taste for rough sex.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama
CountryFrance, Germany, United Kingdom
PlotPassion, Obsession, Loneliness
PlaceLaboratory
TimeSummer
StyleSerious

When she is slightly hurt in the factory where she works, Iris quits her job and finds a new one as an assistant in a laboratory of a very peculiar kind. Without fully grasping what is at play around her, she gradually engages in a disturbing love affair with her enigmatic employer.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:16
CharactersGods
PlotSupernatural, Meaning of life, Fate
PlaceUSA
StyleFancy

A ticket-taker at the local cinema believes he is the son of God. He has agreed to decide the eternal fate of everyone he comes in to contact with.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryHong Kong
CharactersFriends, Womanizers
PlaceOffice, Asia

Wah and Kinki both working at the same department of a computer company. Both of them are not getting on very well initially, but friendship develops when they get to know each other after a while. When Wah starts to realize his emergent fondness for Kinki, his ex-girlfriend reappears and plans to gain back his affection. In addition, he notices that his ex-girlfriend arranges a guy to pair up with Kinki. At the same time, his supervisor would like to lay him off at work.

Markimdb: 4.9
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryUSA
CharactersCannibals, Nurses, Drivers
PlotSurvival, Supernatural, Rites of passage
PlaceForest, Hospitals, Small cities
StyleAtmospheric, Heavy, Tense, Depressive, Serious

Found at a Catholic hospital filthy and ferocious, feral teenager Darlin’ is whisked off to a care home run by The Bishop and his obedient nuns, where she’s to be rehabilitated into a "good girl" as an example of the miraculous work of the church. But Darlin’ holds a secret darker than the "sins" she is threatened with, and she is not traveling alone. The Woman who raised her, equally fierce and feral, is ever present in the shadows of Darlin’s psyche and is determined to come for her no matter who tries to get in her way.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy
CountryUSA
CharactersLosers, Managers
PlaceIndia, Office, Asia
StyleLight

A lone American manages the new call center of an American novelties company in Bombay and must explain American popular culture to his employees as he tries to understand Indian culture.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:30
CharactersGeniuses, Writers, Friends, Artists
PlotOn real events, Obsession, Weapon, Art, Fate
PlaceTrains, USA, New York
StyleInspirational, By books, Touching, Intellectual, Beautiful landscapes

New York in the 1920s. Max Perkins, literary editor at Scribner’s Sons is the first to sign such subsequent literary greats as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. When a sprawling, chaotic 1,000-page manuscript by an unknown writer named Thomas Wolfe falls into his hands, Perkins is convinced he has discovered a literary genius. Together the two men set out to work on a version for publication and a seemingly endless struggle over every single phrase ensues. During this process, Perkins the gentle family man and Wolfe the eccentric author become close – a relationship eyed with suspicion by their wives. When ‘Look Homeward, Angel’ becomes a resounding success, the writer grows increasingly paranoid.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration01:51
CharactersHousewives
PlotObsession, Competitions, Rivalry
PlaceFrance, Small cities
StyleRomantic, Light, To cry, Cute, Inspirational

Set in 1958, Populaire focuses on Rose Pamphyle, who lives with her widowed father and is destined to marry a son of the local mechanic. Rose travels out of town and applies for a secretarial job with an insurance agency run by Louis Échard. Louis learns that Rose can type with extraordinary speed -- using only two fingers -- and he tells her to compete in a speed-typing competition if she wants the job.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA, Canada, Australia
Duration01:51
CharactersTeachers, Artists, Writers, Artists
PlotLove, Art, Rivalry
PlaceSchool, USA
StyleRomantic, Light, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching

An art instructor and an English teacher form a rivalry that ends up with a competition at their school in which students decide whether words or pictures are more important.

Markimdb: 4.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryItaly, Poland
Duration01:50
CharactersPriests
PlotLove, Power
PlacePoland
StyleAction, Makes me think, Serious

A dashing young Italian in Poland finds himself caught between two women — a novitiate nun and a ruthless corporate ladder-climber — in this lacerating vision of contemporary Poland from master filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi.

Markimdb: 5.2
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryUnited Kingdom
PlaceEngland
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Serious

Katia, a young Polish woman adrift in London, meets Bob, an American tattoo artist. Katia is drawn to his mysterious aura and the taboo culture of body modification, but Bob has a dark, secret desire to leave his mark on the world and little does Katia know that her fascination with him will put her life in danger.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersPsychologists, Managers
PlotOn real events, Investigation, False accusations
PlaceUSA
StylePsychological problems, Action, Twisted plot, Tense, Makes me think

Sandra is the manager at a fast-food restaurant, and Becky is her teenaged counter girl who really needs the job. One stressful day, a police officer telephones and accuses Becky of stealing money from a customer’s purse, which Becky vehemently denies. Sandra, overwhelmed by her managerial responsibilities, complies with the officer’s orders to detain Becky, beginning a nightmare that tragically blurs the lines between expedience, prudence, legality and reason.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryAustralia
Duration01:36
PlotPassion, Funeral
PlaceAustralia
StyleTense

A comedy film that looks into the loosely connected lives of people with strange sexual fantasies. A woman with a dangerous fantasy and her partner's struggle to please her. A man who begins an affair with his own wife without her knowing anything about it. A couple struggling to keep things together after a sexual experiment spins out of control. A woman who can only find pleasure in her husband's pain. A call centre operator caught in the middle of a dirty and chaotic phone call. And the distractingly charming new neighbour who connects them all.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:26

A freelance writer looking for romance sells a story to Cosmopolitan magazine about finding love in the workplace and goes undercover at a Finance Company.

Markimdb: 5.3
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration00:53
PlotLove, Jealousy
PlaceHotels, Mansions, Night Clubs

Claire is a beautiful young woman who works at her late father’s hotel, that is now managed by her evil stepmother Maud. Claire unwittingly sparks uncontrollable jealousy in Maud, whose young lover has fallen in love with Claire. Maud decides to get rid of Claire who finds shelter in a farm where she’s allowed to break free from her strict upbringing through encounters with seven “princes.”

Markimdb: 5.3
Genrethriller, drama, adventure, detective
CountryFrance, Germany, Armenia, Monaco
Duration01:42
PlotRevenge, Seduction, Blackmail, Rivalry
PlaceGermany, Office
StyleExciting, Action, Twisted plot, Tense, Serious

The rivalry between the manipulative boss of an advertising agency and her talented protégée escalates from stealing credit to public humiliation to murder.





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