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Infernal Affairs

40. Infernal Affairs

Cantonese // 101 min // 2002 // Wai-Keung Lau & Alan Mak

Infernal Affairs focuses on a police officer named Chen Wing-Yan, who goes deep undercover into the Triad society, and Triad member Lau Kin-Ming, who infiltrates the police department. Each mole was planted by the rival organization to gain an advantage in intelligence over the other side. The more the moles become involved in their undercover lives, the more issues they have to cope with.

The Lunchbox

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Hindi, English // 104 min // 2013 // Ritesh Batra

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life. They build a friendship through notes in the lunchbox. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams.

Kirschbluten – Hanami

38. Kirschbluten Hanami

German // 127 min // 2008 // Doris Dorrie

Rudi is not long for this world, but only his doctor and his wife, Trudi, know how serious his condition has truly become. As Trudi wrestles with whether or not to break the news to her ailing husband, the doctor recommends to her that the couple perhaps do something that they have been planning for years but could never find the time to fit into their busy schedules.