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Movies (fiction) by Region: US and Canada

SELECTED DVDs and Videotapes of feature length films in the Rutgers

Canada DVDs

Away from her 2007

Sarah Polley, Daniel Iron, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss, Gordon Pinsent, Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Murphy, Wendy Crewson, Kirsten Thomson, Deanna Dezmari, Clare Coulter, Thomas Hauff , Alberta Watson, Alice Munro, Film Farm (Firm), Foundry Films, Capri Releasing, HanWay (Firm), Echo Lake Productions, and Lionsgate (Firm)

Fiona and Grant are an Ontario couple who have been married for over 40 years. During the twilight of their years, Grant is forced to face the fact that Fiona's 'forgetfulness' actually is Alzheimer's. After Fiona wanders away and is found, the decision is made for her to go into a nursing home. For the first time in their relationship, they are forced to undergo a separation since this is the nursing home 'no-vistors, ' first 30 days policy of a patient's stay. When Grant visits Fiona after the orientation period, he is devastated to find out that not only has she seemingly forgotten him, but she has transferred her affections to another man. As the distance between husband and wife grows, Grant must draw upon his love for Fiona to perform an act of self-sacrifice in order to ensure her happiness. 1 videodisc (ca. 110 min.)

MEDIA 10-2059

 

Being Julia 2005

Istvaan Szabao, Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons, Bruce Greenwood, and W. Somerset Maugham

Julia is a true diva: beautiful, talented, wealthy and famous. She has a devoted husband who has masterminded her brillant career-- but after years of the spotlight she begins to suffer from a severe case of boredom and longs for something new and exciting to put the twinkle back in her eye. She finds what she is looking for in a handsome young American fan, who adds a few more sparks than Julia was hoping for. 1 videodisc (104 min.)

MEDIA 10-1975

 

Exotica 1999?

An erotic table dancer at a strip club has sex with two mysterious, obessive strangers and gets involved in a deadly plot. 1 videodisc (103 min.)

MEDIA 10-5388

 

The fast runner c2002

Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk, Paul Apak Angilirq, Natar Ungalaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Pauloosie Qulitalik, Madeline Ivalu, Eugene Ipkarnak, Igloolik Isuma Productions, National Film Board of Canada, Lot 47 Films (Firm), and Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (Firm)

Set amongst the Inuit people of the arctic, the film is a thrilling, passionate story exploring the universal themes of love, revenge and survival.  When a small, nomadic community is cursed by an unknown shaman, the curse is still felt years later. Atanarjuat falls in love with Atuat, a woman already promised to the son of hte clan's leader. In a fight, she is won by Atanarjuat causing vengeful clan leader Oki to plot to attack Atanarjuat and his brother in their sleep.  Atanarjuat manages to escape and sets off running across the ice, embarking on a harrowing adventure to survive in the brutal wilderness. His journey ends when he returns, stronger and wiser, to reclaim his life and stop the curse that has divided his people. 1 videodiscs (161 min.)

MEDIA 10-252

 

Felicia's journey 2000

Atom Egoyan, Bruce Davey, Bob Hoskins, Elaine Cassidy, Peter McDonald, Arsinée Khanjian, and William Trevor

Joseph Hilditch, an eccentric chef, befriends a young woman, Felicia, who has come to town searching for her boyfriend. She is attracted to the seemingly harmless and extremely helpful Hilditch, trusting him and entering his life, only to discover too late that she is not the first woman that he has taken in. 1 videodisc (116 min.)

MEDIA 10-50

 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2011, c2001

Adapted from the off-Broadway musical hit, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" presents a drama queen getting not only what she needs, but also what she wants: love, unfettered and unconditional. Hedwig, a surgically botched transsexual from East Germany, travels the States with his band, playing a string of Red Lobster-type restaurants to audiences rendered incredulous by his boyish brand of girl glam; he reveals his story in flashbacks between musical numbers. For Hedwig, who exists in an indeterminate but politically charged space between freedom and frustration, life is about looking for her personal dividing wall - to smash it into ruin. 1 videodisc (91 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3793

 

Ilsa she wolf of the S.S 2002, 1975

"Ilsa conducts sadistic scientific experiments designed to demonstrate that women are more capable of enduring pain than men are, and therefore should be allowed to fight in the army. Every night she chooses another one of her male prisoners and rapes him; however, due to her insatiable hunger, she gets disappointed when her current victim eventually ejaculates, and promptly has him castrated and put to death. Only an American prisoner, who can withhold ejaculating, manages to use her weakness to his favor."--Wikipedia. 1 videodisc (96 min.)

MEDIA 10-4246

 

Paradise 2004, 1982

A pair of 19th century teenagers flee from a Sahara desert caravan massacre and stumble on a magnificent oasis, where they find safety, adventure and each other. 1 videodisc (90 min.)

MEDIA 10-4630

 

Sabah c2007, 2005

"An unmarried 40-year-old woman of Syrian birth lives in Toronto with her traditional and sometimes overbearing, but loving, Muslim family. When Sabah falls hard for Stephen, a nice Canadian guy she meets at a local swimming pool, she has no choice but to hide him from her family as she attempts to live up to their expectations. Sabah' clandestine suitor, as it turns out, is a carpenter with no religious belief. As the affair heats up, the ensuing clash of cultures threatens to shatter the entire family."--Container. 1 videodisc (90 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3804

 

Shake hands with the devil c2011, 2007

Roy Dupuis, Owen Lebakeng Sejake, James Gallanders, E1 Entertainment (Firm), Regent Releasing (Firm), and Séville Pictures

In 1993, the United Nations dispatches Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire to far off Rwanda to oversee a fragile cease-fire. A brilliant, workaholic officer and charismatic commander, Dallaire encounters the shabby reality of a typical UN peacekeeping operation. He is forced to deal with far-away superiors and the studied indifference of the world's great powers while trying to take decisive action to stop the genocide of over 800,000 innocent civilians. 1 videodisc (112 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2483

 

Suspicious river 2004, 2000

A receptionist at a rundown hotel earns a supplemental income by prostituting herself to the faceless men who pass through the hotel. She becomes drawn to a particularly brutish psychopath, enduring the physical and emotional pleasure and pain that he inflicts as a way to dig deeper into her own dark past. 1 videodisc

MEDIA 10-4654

 

The sweet hereafter 1998

Atom Egoyan, Camelia Frieberg, Ian Holm, Maury Chaykin, Russell Banks, and Robert Browning

Following a tragic schoolbus accident, high-profile lawyer Mitchell Stephens descends upon a small town. With promises of retribution and a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of the grieving community, Stephens begins his investigation into the details of the crash. But beneath the town's calm, he uncovers a tangled web of lies, deceit and forbidden desires that mirrors his own troubled personal life. Gradually, we learn that Stephens has his own agenda, and that everyone has secrets to keep. 1 videodisc (ca. 116 min.)

MEDIA 10-79

 

Three films by Hiroshi Teshigahara the supplements 2007; 1953, 1956, 1958, 1964

Hiroshi Teshigahara,  Janus Films, Toho Kabushiki Kaisha, Sogetsu Foundation (Firm), and Criterion Collection (Firm)

"Teshigahara and Abe" is about the collaboration between director Hiroshi Teshigahara and author/screenwriter Kobo Abe, which includes exclusive video interviews with film programmer and professor Richard Peńa, Japanese-film scholars Donald Richie and Tadao Sato, set designer Arata Isozaki, screenwriter John Nathan, and producer Noriko Nomura ; "Hokusai" explores the work of wood-block artist Katsushika Hokusai ; "Ikebana" is a documentary about the Sogetsu School, originally renowned for its instruction in the art of flower arranging, and its founder and grand master, his father, Sofu Teshigahara ; "Tokyo 1958" is a portrait of the people and culture ;  "Ako,", a film depicting one night in the life of a young girl and her rowdy friends, was commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada. 1 videodisc (152 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2500

 

Ticket to heaven c2007

The critically acclaimed story of a young man seduced by a religious cult, chronicling his chilling transformation into a mindless shadow of his former self, and his ultimate salvation when friends and family plan to kidnap and deprogram him. 1 videodisc (103 min.)

MEDIA 10-4949

 

Visiting hours  An opinionated news reporter is stalked by a psychopath in a hospital where she is recovering from his first attack on her. Includes interviews with select cast members and theatrical trailers. 1 videodisc (105 min.)

MEDIA 10-5474

 

Zero patience 2005

"John Greyson has woven a tall tale of love and loss, sex and science, history and hysteria in the age of AIDS. Greyson revives renowned Victorian Sir Richard Burton who constructs a sensationalist multimedia museum display focusing on Patient Zero, the gay French-Canadian flight attendant accused of bringing AIDS to North America"--Container. 1 videodisc (101 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3809

Canada

 

The apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz 1993,1974

Richard Dreyfuss, Micheline Lanctôt, Joseph Wiseman, Jack Warden, Randy Quaid, Mordecai Richler, Ted Kotcheff, Thom Noble, and John Kemeny

A comedy-drama of an ambitious young Jewish man in 1948 Montreal. He's determined to be "somebody" and in the process, he cheats, lies, schemes, and uses people to reach his end. He is proud of himself--those around him are disgusted. 1 videocassette (121 min.) ;

MEDIA 2-2876

 

Away from her 2007

Sarah Polley, Daniel Iron, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss, Gordon Pinsent, Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Murphy, Wendy Crewson, Kirsten Thomson, Deanna Dezmari, Clare Coulter, Thomas Hauff, Alberta Watson, Alice Munro, Film Farm (Firm), Foundry Films, Capri Releasing , HanWay (Firm), Echo Lake Productions, and Lionsgate (Firm)

Fiona and Grant are an Ontario couple who have been married for over 40 years. During the twilight of their years, Grant is forced to face the fact that Fiona's 'forgetfulness' actually is Alzheimer's. After Fiona wanders away and is found, the decision is made for her to go into a nursing home. For the first time in their relationship, they are forced to undergo a separation since this is the nursing home 'no-vistors, ' first 30 days policy of a patient's stay. When Grant visits Fiona after the orientation period, he is devastated to find out that not only has she seemingly forgotten him, but she has transferred her affections to another man. As the distance between husband and wife grows, Grant must draw upon his love for Fiona to perform an act of self-sacrifice in order to ensure her happiness. 1 videodisc (ca. 110 min.)

MEDIA 10-2059

 

Being Julia 2005

Istvaan Szabao, Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons, Bruce Greenwood, and W. Somerset Maugham

Julia is a true diva: beautiful, talented, wealthy and famous. She has a devoted husband who has masterminded her brillant career-- but after years of the spotlight she begins to suffer from a severe case of boredom and longs for something new and exciting to put the twinkle back in her eye. She finds what she is looking for in a handsome young American fan, who adds a few more sparks than Julia was hoping for. 1 videodisc (104 min.)

MEDIA 10-1975

 

Calendar 1993

Atom Egoyan, Ashot Adamyan, Arsinée Khanjyan, and Doris Hepp

A mean-spirited, self-absorbed, destructive Canadian-Armenian photographer is hired to take twelve pictures of Armenian historic churches for a calendar.  He takes his wife along as a translator, and as they traverse the twelve sites chosen for the calendar with their Armenian guide, their relationship begins to unravel. The photographer returns to Canada with his twelve images, but without his wife, who has gradually felt drawn to her ethnic roots and has fallen in love with the guide. 1 videocassette (73 min.)

MEDIA 2-3473

 

Dead ringers 1992, 1988

Heidi von Palleske, Jack Geasland, James G Robinson, David Cronenberg, Jeremy Irons, Genevičve Bujold, Bari Wood, Joe Roth, and Marc Boyman

Irons portrays identical twin gynecologists Elliot and Beverly who represent opposite sides of one personality.  They share the same practice, the same apartment, and the same women, until one special woman (Bujold) enters their lives and threatens to break the bizarre bond between the brothers. 1 videocassette (ca. 117 min.)

MEDIA 2-2434

 

The fast runner c2002

Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk, Paul Apak Angilirq , Natar Ungalaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Pauloosie Qulitalik, Madeline Ivalu, Eugene Ipkarnak, Igloolik Isuma Productions, National Film Board of Canada, Lot 47 Films (Firm), and Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (Firm)

Set amongst the Inuit people of the arctic, the film is a thrilling, passionate story exploring the universal themes of love, revenge and survival.  When a small, nomadic community is cursed by an unknown shaman, the curse is still felt years later. Atanarjuat falls in love with Atuat, a woman already promised to the son of hte clan's leader. In a fight, she is won by Atanarjuat causing vengeful clan leader Oki to plot to attack Atanarjuat and his brother in their sleep.  Atanarjuat manages to escape and sets off running across the ice, embarking on a harrowing adventure to survive in the brutal wilderness. His journey ends when he returns, stronger and wiser, to reclaim his life and stop the curse that has divided his people. 1 videodiscs (161 min.)

MEDIA 10-252

 

Felicia's journey 2000

Atom Egoyan, Bruce Davey, Bob Hoskins, Elaine Cassidy, Peter McDonald, Arsinée Khanjian, and William Trevor

Joseph Hilditch, an eccentric chef, befriends a young woman, Felicia, who has come to town searching for her boyfriend. She is attracted to the seemingly harmless and extremely helpful Hilditch, trusting him and entering his life, only to discover too late that she is not the first woman that he has taken in. 1 videodisc (116 min.)

MEDIA 10-50

 

The Mikado 1999, 1982

W. S Gilbert, Marie Baron, Eric Donkin, Henry Ingram, Christina James, Richard McMillan, Gidon Saks, Berthold Carričre, Brian Macdonald , Norman Campbell, and Arthur Sullivan

1 videodisc (150 min.)

DANA 4

 

Shake hands with the devil c2011, 2007

Roy Dupuis, Owen Lebakeng Sejake, James Gallanders, E1 Entertainment (Firm), Regent Releasing (Firm), and  Séville Pictures

In 1993, the United Nations dispatches Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire to far off Rwanda to oversee a fragile cease-fire. A brilliant, workaholic officer and charismatic commander, Dallaire encounters the shabby reality of a typical UN peacekeeping operation. He is forced to deal with far-away superiors and the studied indifference of the world's great powers while trying to take decisive action to stop the genocide of over 800,000 innocent civilians. 1 videodisc (112 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2483

 

Surfacing 1984?

Margaret Eleanor Atwood and Claude Jutra

A young woman and her companions set out to look for her lost father in the hostile northern wilderness. 1 videocassette (90 min.)

DOUGLASS. MEDIA 51          2-69

 

The sweet hereafter 1998

Atom Egoyan, Camelia Frieberg, Ian Holm, Maury Chaykin, Russell Banks, and Robert Browning

Following a tragic schoolbus accident, high-profile lawyer Mitchell Stephens descends upon a small town. With promises of retribution and a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of the grieving community, Stephens begins his investigation into the details of the crash. But beneath the town's calm, he uncovers a tangled web of lies, deceit and forbidden desires that mirrors his own troubled personal life. Gradually, we learn that Stephens has his own agenda, and that everyone has secrets to keep. 1 videodisc (ca. 116 min.)

MEDIA 10-79

 

Three films by Hiroshi Teshigahara the supplements 2007; 1953, 1956, 1958, 1964

Hiroshi Teshigahara, Janus Films, Toho Kabushiki Kaisha, Sogetsu Foundation (Firm), and Criterion Collection (Firm)

"Teshigahara and Abe" is about the collaboration between director Hiroshi Teshigahara and author/screenwriter Kobo Abe, which includes exclusive video interviews with film programmer and professor Richard Peńa, Japanese-film scholars Donald Richie and Tadao Sato, set designer Arata Isozaki, screenwriter John Nathan, and producer Noriko Nomura ; "Hokusai" explores the work of wood-block artist Katsushika Hokusai ; "Ikebana" is a documentary about the Sogetsu School, originally renowned for its instruction in the art of flower arranging, and its founder and grand master, his father, Sofu Teshigahara ; "Tokyo 1958" is a portrait of the people and culture ;  "Ako,", a film depicting one night in the life of a young girl and her rowdy friends, was commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada. 1 videodisc (152 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2500

 

Zero patience 1994

John Greyson, John Robinson, Normand Fauteux, Dianne Heatherington, Anna Stratton, and Louise Garfield

A tall tale of love and loss, sex and science, history and hysteria in the age of AIDS. 1 videocassette (100 min.)

MEDIA 2-6075

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