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1.
Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
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At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed. (94 mins.)
 
2.
The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom (2011)
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Elizabeth Alison Gray is just your average suburban 11-year old waiting for adolescence to arrive when she finds out her whole life has been a lie. With only her imagination to guide her, she runs away to find the truth. (95 mins.)
Director: Tara Johns
 
3.
Incendies (2010)
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Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother's last wishes. (139 mins.)
 
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Past Perfect (2002)
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The film intercuts between two days, two years apart. The first: a flight from Vancouver to Halifax... (91 mins.)
Director: Daniel MacIvor
 
5.
Suspicious River (2000)
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A young married woman (Parker) sells her body, not just for money, to guests at the motel where she works as a receptionist. (92 mins.)
 
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Flower & Garnet (2002)
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Garnet, 8 years old, has a father who has difficulty showing him love, since Garnet's mother died during his birth. Only getting affection by his 16 year old sister Flower, the situation changes when she leaves when she gets pregnant. (103 mins.)
Director: Keith Behrman
 
7.
My Life Without Me (2003)
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A young woman conceals the fact of her terminal cancer to live her life with a passion she never had before. (106 mins.)
Director: Isabel Coixet
 
8.
I'm Yours (2011)
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A road movie romance that conjures a heady concoction of free love and end of the world conspiracy. (90 mins.)
 
9.
Rub & Tug (2002)
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Rub & Tug is a sexy comedy that takes place at a "full body" massage parlour. (90 mins.)
Director: Soo Lyu
 
10.
Set Me Free (1999)
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Canadian/Swiss/French production that tells the tale of Hannah, a tomboyish 13 year-old hitting puberty in 1963. An unhappy and uncomfortable family life leads Hannah to seek escapism in the world of cinema. Specifically, she repeatedly watches and appears enthralled by Anna Karina, the character from Jean-Luc Godard's "Vivre sa vie" (1962) about a Parisian woman's descent into prostitution. Her confusion surrounding what is real leads to a crush on her female teacher and her actively pursuing what it's like to be a prostitute for an evening. (95 mins.)
Director: Léa Pool
 
11.
The Crazy Stranger (1997)
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A man is looking for a singer he had heard on cassette. He finds much more. (102 mins.)
Director: Tony Gatlif