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Art House Cinema

Art House films are critically-acclaimed movies that don't necessarily cause a stampede at the box-office. These so-called 'minor' works are generally seen only at Film Festivals or a few selective theatres, but they stay in the mind, for better or worse. Below is a list of films in Alice's Collection that for one unexplained reason or another, generally didn't quite get the exposure they may have deserved when originally released. Enjoy finding many of cinema's 'gems' in this section. Right: Peter Greenaway's 'The Baby Of Macon'.

The Navigators (2001)

7/10
Director: Ken Loach

"The Navigators" dramatises the events of 1995 in South Yorkshire, when the lives of a tight-knit group of railway workers were thrown into chaos when... Read more

Swimming Pool (2002)

3.1/10
Director: Francois Ozon
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier, Charles Dance, Marc Fayolle, Jean-Marie La...

From director Francois Ozon ("8 Women") comes a riveting erotic thriller starring Charlotte Rampling as a burnt-out mystery writer vacationing at her... Read more

9 Songs (2004)

4.8/10
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Kieran O'Brien, Margo Stilley

Primarily improvised, this labour of love was shot on digital using a skeleton crew of three and largely self-financed by director Michael Winterbotto... Read more

Brick (2005)

7.4/10
Director: Rian Johnson
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nora Zehetner, Lukas Haas, Noah Fleiss, Matt O'Leary, Emil...

A fresh take on the hard-boiled noir, this festival hit stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an outsider teen-turned-stoic gumshoe after his ex-girl (Emilie... Read more

I Heart Huckabees (2004)

6.7/10
Director: David O Russell
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Huppert, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Lily Tomlin, Mark...

An exuberant offbeat comedy in which Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin play existential detectives hired by kindhearted local poet and activist Albert Ma... Read more

A Time for Drunken Horses (2001)

7.7/10
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Starring: Ayoub Ahmadi, Rojin Younessi

Lyrical, emotional and bleak drama about several siblings of a poverty stricken Kurdish family desperately trying to find funding for the treatment of... Read more

Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000)

5.8/10
Director: Michael Radford
Starring: Daryl Hannah, Jennifer Tilly, Charlotte Ayanna, Elias Koteas, Sandra Oh, Robert...

This racy drama from "Il Postino" director Michael Radford, noted for its largely improvised scenes and script, stars Daryl Hannah, Jennifer Tilly, Sa... Read more

I, Daniel Blake (2016)

7.9/10
Director: Ken Loach
Starring: Briana Shann, Hayley Squires, Dave Johns, Dylan McKiernan

British cinemas social realist enters his eighties with a second Palme d'Or to his name after the Cannes Jury this year awarded his feisty new film... Read more

Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)

7.1/10
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Roberto Benigni, Cate Blanchett, Steve Coogan, Alfred Molina, Bill Murray, Iggy...

As hard to resist as its title vices, Jim Jarmusch's deceptively simple film consists of 11, to be fair, hit and miss vignettes, filmed over the cours... Read more

8 1/2 Women (1999)

Director: Peter Greenaway
Starring: John Standing, Matthew Delamere, Vivian Wu, Shizuka Inoh, Barbara Sarafian, Toni...

Controversial director Peter Greenaway examines the concept and origins of the male sexual fantasy through a widower encouraged to rekindle an interes... Read more