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Bend it like Beckham

Directed by: Gurinder Chadha

Cast: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Archie Panjabi, Shaznay Lewis, Frank Harper, Juliet Stevenson.

Eighteen year-old Jesminder's parents want her to be a nice, conventional Indian girl. But she just wants to play soccer like her hero, David Beckham. For Jess, that means kicking a ball around the local park with the lads until she's spotted by Jules, who invites her to join the local women's team. DVD.

 

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Hideous kinky

Directed by: Gillies MacKinnon.

Cast: Kate Winslet, Saèid Taghmaoui.

The story of a young mother who, with her two daughters in tow, leaves her life in London for the promise of adventure and self-discovery in 1970's Marrakech. DVD.

 

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Maurice

Directed by: James Ivory

Cast: James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, Denholm Elliott, Simon Callow, Billie Whitelaw, Barry Foster, Judy Parfitt, Phoebe Nicholls and Ben Kingsley.

Set in pre-World War I England, this film concerns the coming of age of two young men who meet at Cambridge and fall in love. Maurice and Clive struggle with the desires of their hearts and the rigid constraints of society. DVD.

 

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Directed by: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones.

Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin.

The quest for the Holy Grail by King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table is retold in the inimitable Python fashion. VHS.

 

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Monty Python's Life of Brian

Directed by: Terry Jones

Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin.

The Pythons satirize religion, capital punishment, revolutionary politics, terrorism, graffiti, science fiction, and a host of other topics through the story of Brian, a first-century Judean. VHS.

 

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My beautiful laundrette

Directed by: Stephen Frears.

Cast: Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day Lewis, Gordon Warnecke, Derrick Branche, Shirley Anne Field.

Set in the Pakistani community in south London, the film focuses on two youths-- Johnny, a working-class white, and Omar, a Pakistani. Together they operate a laundrette, which Omar inherits from his uncle. While Johnny looks upon the laundrette as a life line on which to salvage his self-respect, Omar sees it as just the beginning step on the road to riches. DVD.

 

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The pillow book

Directed by: Peter Greenaway.

Cast: Vivian Wu, Ewan McGregor, Ken Ogata, Yoshi Oida, Hideko Yoshida, Judy Ongg.

A modern-day Japanese woman's life experiences are inspired by the writings of Sei Shonagon, a female courtier who lived during the Heian Dynasty in 10th century Japan and her father's relationship with his publisher. She finds a lover with whom she can carry on a strange erotic ritual involving calligraphy. In Japanese, Chinese, and English with English subtitles. DVD format.

 

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Vera Drake

Directed by: Mike Leigh

Cast: Imelda Staunton, Phil Davis, Peter Wight, Alex Kelly, Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough, Heather Craney, Eddie Marsan, Ruth Sheen, Sally Hawkins, Fenella Woolgar, Lesley Sharp, Anthony O'Donnell, Jim Broadbent

Vera Drake tells of a woman in 1950s England who is devoted to caring for her family, but secretly aids women who want to terminate unwanted pregnancies. When the authorities find her out, Vera's world and family life rapidly unravel. DVD

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