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Drama

The denotative aspects of drama from Aristotle's "Poetics" include a story development with a beginning, middle and an end. In the more conventional sense, dramatic presentations include the portrayal of characters, settings, life situations and stories in the course of a theatrical performance. In theatre, drama usually takes on the scope of dealing with matters of a serious nature. Drama is Alice's largest section and a treasure trove of great drama catering for every taste. The bulk of the "Drama" section (generally made since 1965 and include psychological dramas) is listed below, however you may also choose from the "Classic Drama" sub-section (generally made before 1965), in blue on left. Also helpful may be "Alices Playhouse", "True Stories" and "Shakespeare" features. Right: Scene from Kubrick's beautifully mounted "Barry Lyndon"

33 Postcards (2011)

6.2/10
Director: Pauline Chan
Starring: Claudia Karvan, Guy Pearce, Terry Serio, Zhu Lin, Elaine Jin, Rhys Muldoon, Linc...

For ten years, Chinese orphan Mei Mei (Zhu Lin) dreams of meeting her Australian sponsor - Dean Randall (Guy Pearce) - and his 'perfect family'. At 16... Read more

35 Shots of Rum (2008)

7.1/10
Director: Claire Denis
Starring: Gregoire Colin, Alex Descas

Parisian widower Lionel (Alex Descas) and his adult daughter Josephine (Mati Diop) struggle to cope with their generational differences and the challe... Read more

360 (2011)

6.2/10
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Ben Foster

Loosely based on Arthur Schnitzler's play "La Ronde", director Fernando Meirelles' ("The Constant Gardener") "360" is a kaleidoscopic drama about inte... Read more

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

7.9/10
Director: Cristian Mungiu
Starring: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean

Set in 1980s Bucharest during Ceaucescu's brutal reign, this intense drama centres on two young women, one of whom finds herself pregnant. Her best fr... Read more

42: The Jackie Robinson Story (2013)

7.5/10
Director: Brian Helgeland
Starring: Harrison Ford, John C McGinley, Hamish Linklater, Lucas Black, Alan Tudyk, Ryan...

In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, took a stand against Major League Baseball's infamous colour line when he signe... Read more

44 Inch Chest (2009)

5.8/10
Director: Malcolm Venville
Starring: Ian McShane, Joanne Whalley, John Hurt, Melvil Poupaud, Ray Winstone, Stephen Di...

How far would you go to avenge betrayal? Colin Diamond (Ray Winstone) is about to find out in this gritty, provocative drama (laced with black humour)... Read more

5 Centimetres Per Second (2007)

Director: Makoto Shinkai

This animated triptych - named for the speed at which cherry blossoms fall to the ground - is made up of three stories surrounding Takaki, a Japanese... Read more

50/50 (2011)

7.7/10
Director: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Anjelica Huston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Seth...

Loosely based on the experiences of screenwriter Will Reiser, this poignant comedy/drama follows Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a 27-year-old man diagno... Read more

52 Tuesdays (2013)

6.2/10
Director: Sophie Hyde
Starring: Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Del Herbert-Jane

16-year-old Billies reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans for gender transition and their time together becomes... Read more

54 (1998)

5.8/10
Director: Mark Christopher
Starring: Mike Myers, Neve Campbell, Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Breckin Meyer, Sherry St...

The days of 70's disco, drugs and hedonism rear their heads in this look back at New York's infamous Studio 54. Starring Mike Myers as the druggie clu... Read more