The Other Side of the Street (2004)

The Other Side of the Street [O Outro Lado da Rua] tells the story of a criminal investigation of sorts, but it really is just the portrait of a lonely and bitter woman who is trapped in her isolated existence. Great performances by the core cast do not really help to make this film as a whole work.

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Interlude (2016)

A very strong film by a first-time writer/director, Interlude is a gentle portrait of a girl, her teenage sister, and their mother at a breaking point for the family.

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The Watchman (2017)

A very well-made drama from The Dominican Republic, which sheds a light on the prejudices the country struggles with regarding gender, race, and class.

Despite being predominantly “sad” in tone, and in spite of dealing with heavy issues, The Watchman is a very enjoyable film.

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