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The Railway Man

The term PTSD didn’t exist for most of Eric Lomax’s life. It certainly wasn’t around when the young British officer spent several years of World War II in a Japanese labor camp in Thailand. Nor was it when he met his wife decades later, and she struggled to understand what happened to him that so debilitated him.

Jodorowsky's Dune

Cinema history is filled with projects that went unmade. Even more tantalizing are the ones that were at least begun but never completed. (I for one no longer hope that we’ll eventually see Jerry Lewis’s The Day the Clown Cried, simply because it couldn’t possibly be as jaw-dropping as we’ve been imagining it to be.)

Finding Vivian Maier

Even if you don’t recognize the name, you’ve probably heard the story: the nanny who spent her life in obscurity, leaving behind more than 100,000 photographs that many consider among the great 20th-century bodies of work, often mentioned with Diane Arbus and Robert Frank.

The Jewish Cardinal

The Pope John Paul II you’ll find in Ilan Duran Cohen’s The Jewish Cardinal isn’t the one widely familiar to both the public and the Catholic faithful. This one (Aurélien Recoing) is blunt-spoken, expansive, gregarious, and not ascetically averse to enjoying his perks and privileges. He relaxes over vodka and pierogis as he meets and entertains his new archbishop of Paris, Jean-Marie Lustiger (Laurent Lucas). Afterwards, he invites Lustiger to divest himself of his princely habiliments and jump into the new papal swimming pool and race the pontiff.

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