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Independent films and DVDs for 2014

Written by · Published Nov 25, 2014

Untouchable

We spend most of the year recommending the biggest DVD titles. Here are some smaller films from our collection you may have overlooked.

Untouchable

Untouchable

Two men, Paul (François Cluzet), a paralysed aristocrat following a paragliding accident, and his Senegalese émigré carer, Driss (Omar Sy), form a strong friendship despite their different outlooks on life.

Populaire

Populaire

21-year-old Rose Pamphyle (Deborah Francois) travels to Lisieux in Normandy to escape her controlling father. Despite an unsuccessful secretarial job interview, charismatic manager Louis Echard (Romain Duris) is impressed by her typing abilities, appointing himself as her trainer for a speed typing competition. Will Rose type her way to the life she desires?

Finding Vivien Maier

Finding Vivian Maier

Fascinating documentary examining the life and photography of former nanny Vivian Maier. Her work was unknown for decades until real estate agent John Maloof discovered the negatives in an auction house.

Leviathan

Leviathan

Critically-acclaimed Russian drama follows Nikolai (Aleksey Serebryakov) land and career are under threat from the town mayor Vadim (Roman Madyanov). Nikolai enlists help from his respected lawyer friend, Dmitriy (Vladimir Vdovichenkov) to fight the corrupt government.

Northern Soul

Northern Soul

British music drama shows the effect of the Northern Soul movement on two young, disillusioned friends in early 1970’s North West England. Featuring an excellent, authentic soundtrack. Director Elaine Constantine re-mortgaged her house to complete the film.

Broken Circle Breakdown

Broken Circle Breakdown

This Academy Award-winning drama follows a Belgian couple’s relationship thrown into turmoil after their daughter becomes gravely ill.

The Great Beauty

The Great Beauty

Award-winning Italian drama. Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo), successful journalist and hedonistic bachelor contemplates on the fragility of life after he learns that his former loved has died.

Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

A well-known classic, this bittersweet, Oscar-winning film focuses on a famous movie director who returns to his childhood home, a small Sicilian village, after 30 years. In flashback, he recalls his fatherless childhood, his fascination with the films he saw at the local cinema and his adventures with Alfredo, the cinema’s projectionist. Perfection.

Brandon King

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