The 24 best movies about lockdowns, curfews and curfew hours

24 films Curfews curfews curfew hours
Locked up: Natalie Portman in "V for Vendetta" | © Warner Bros.

When you are not allowed to leave your own apartment or house at all, or only for special reasons, because of a lockdown, curfew or curfew, life changes fundamentally. For you personally, for your family, friends and neighbors. In the process, many things can happen with a curfew that would otherwise be inconceivable. Good, but also bad.

Here you will find a selection of the 24 best feature films that deal with curfews, curfew restrictions, curfew hours and the consequences that arise from them. The Filmpuls editorial team’s selection of the best films of all time on the subject of the pandemic is listed by score (best films first).

Important: From the fictional feature films in this listing you cannot (!) draw any conclusions about the curfews in connection with the current measures as a result of the coronavirus / COVID-19!

This article was automatically translated into English using AI. If you would like to help us improve the quality, we would be happy to hear from you.

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Ausgehverbote: V wie Vendetta Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves, Stephen Rea

V wie Vendetta

The 24 best movies about curfew and lockdown

Regie
James McTeigue
Actors
Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves, Stephen Rea
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

In “V for Vendetta,” Evey (Natalie Portman) is accidentally caught up in a terrorist attack by a masked and megalomaniacal figure, V (Hugo Weaving). V follows the steps of Guy Fawkes, a kind of terrorist of the XVII century, who wanted to blow up the English Parliament in London during the curfews imposed by the authorities.

 

In the present, Orwellian London lives under the fascist government of Chancellor Adam (Sir John Hurt). The city is under curfew and terror. V wants to fight the regime by blowing up government buildings despite being banned from going out. Evey is hunted by the secret police, who believe she is V’s accomplice and wants to help him destroy the British Parliament.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Cove Road John Avelino, Lani Barry, Bryan DeMarco, Gerrit Graham, Film über Ausgangssperre

Cove Road

Movies about curfews and lockdown

Cove Road (2012)
Regie
Jonathan Keogh
Actors
John Avelino, Lani Barry, Bryan DeMarco, Gerrit Graham
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐⭐⭐

A murderer sneaks around the quiet town of Bluefish, New York, under the alias Henry VIII in “Cove Road.” As the list of his victims grows, a curfew is imposed on the city. Meanwhile, oblivious to the lockdown, Kevin Keffler hosts a house party with friends to celebrate the start of summer vacation after his first year of college.

 

After curfew, an accident happens that calls all friendships into question. Before sunrise, Kevin must make a potentially fatal decision.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


3
Wild Rose Jessie Buckley, Matt Costello, Jane Patterson, Lesley Hart

Wild Rose

Lockdown: The 24 best movies about curfews and curfew restrictions

Wild Rose (2018)
Regie
Tom Harper
Actors
Jessie Buckley, Matt Costello, Jane Patterson, Lesley Hart
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Rose-Lynn Harlan is a 23-year-old working-class girl from Glasgow, Scotland. She is fresh out of prison where she was incarcerated for a year for drug possession. Rose-Lynn is trying to get a handle on her chaotic life. In the process, she reunites with her children, the older Wynonna and the younger Lyle. These were cared for by their grandmother Marion during her incarceration. Yet the grandmother openly despises her daughter’s lifestyle. Her mother Marion struggles to understand her daughter. Because Rose-Lynn is determined to travel to Nashville, Tennesse – the cradle of country music. There she wants to become a famous country singer.

 

Thanks to her mother’s good name, Rose-Lynn gets a job cleaning the house of Susannah, an upper-class woman married to James. Troubled, self-destructive, and heavily influenced by her boyfriend and occasional lover Elliot (a fan of booze, night out, and wild parties), “Wild Rose” Rose-Lynn finds herself caught at a crossroads fighting her worst enemy: herself.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Filme zu Ausgehverbote: Anthropoid Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Brian Caspe, Karel Hermánek Jr.

Operation Anthropoid

Regie
Sean Ellis
Actors
Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Brian Caspe, Karel Hermánek Jr.
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This feature film is based on the extraordinary and true story of Operation Anthropoid, a World War II kamikaze mission to assassinate SS General Heydrich.

 

Reinhard Heydrich, the third in command in Nazi Germany after Hitler and Himmler, was the chief architect of the Final Solution in the Third Reich and the leader of the Nazi occupation forces in Czechoslovakia. Their reign of terror prompts Czech and Slovak resistance fighters, despite curfew, to plan a top-secret mission during the Lockdown that will change the face of Europe forever.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


5
Geliebter Fremder Romain Duris, Rona Hartner, Izidor Serban, Ovidiu Balan

Gadjo Dilo - Geliebter Fremder

Regie
Tony Gatlif
Actors
Romain Duris, Rona Hartner, Izidor Serban, Ovidiu Balan
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐⭐

Stéphane, a young French man from Paris, travels to Romania in the feature film “Gadjo Dilo – Beloved Stranger”. In the process, he seeks out the singer Nora Luca, whose songs his father had listened to constantly before his death. On a frozen road he meets old Izidor, a member of the Roma, and tells him about Nora Luca. Izidor takes him to his village. Stéphane believes Izidor will take him to see singer Nora Luca when the time comes. So he lives with the Roma for several months.

 

The villagers don’t like him at first. But after they gradually get to know him better, suspicion softens. In the summer, the ice finally breaks between Stéphane and the beautiful Sabina, and a secret is revealed.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Schlacht um Algier Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Samia Kerbash

Schlacht um Algier

Regie
Gillo Pontecorvo
Actors
Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Samia Kerbash
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐

“Battle for Algiers” revolves around the Algerian war of liberation. In 1954, the National Liberation Front (NLF) of Algiers shoots at French policemen. In turn, the police chief plants a bomb in the Arab neighborhood, killing many residents. The NLF sends three women with bombs into two pubs and an Air France office in the European Quarter despite curfew, escalating the conflict in the lockdown.

 

The French government imposes curfews and sends in armed forces to ensure the lockdown. Their commander, Colonel Mathieu, disregards human rights and tortures NLF commanders. In 1962 the Algerians nevertheless achieve the longed-for independence from France.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


7
Rom, offene Stadt Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero, Vito Annichiarico Film über Ausgangssperre

Rom, offene Stadt

Regie
Roberto Rossellini
Actors
Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero, Vito Annichiarico
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐⭐

“Rome, Open City” is set during World War II. The Nazis have occupied Rome. But because Rome is classified as an open city, most Romans can take to the streets. But life is still difficult as there is a curfew, basic food is rationed and the Nazis are still looking for resistance fighters.

 

At this time, widowed mother Pina is about to marry her neighbor Francesco. Despite their situation – Pina is pregnant and Francesco is an atheist – they are married by the Catholic priest Don Pietro Pelligrini. The day before the wedding, Francesco’s friend Giorgio Manfredi arrives, whom Pina has never met because he is working for the Resistance and needs a place to hide.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Being Blacker Dread

Being Blacker

Movies about curfews and lockdown

Regie
Molly Dineen
Actors
Blacker Dread
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐⭐

“Being Blacker” is story of renowned reggae record store owner and music producer Blacker Dread, his extended family, friends and the town of Brixton during a curfew.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


9
Roja Arvind Swamy, Madhoo, Pankaj Kapur, Nassar

Roja

Roja (1992)
Regie
Mani Ratnam
Actors
Arvind Swamy, Madhoo, Pankaj Kapur, Nassar
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐
Topicality

Roja, a young woman, was born and raised in South India. She prays that the handsome young Rishi who comes to visit her sister will become her future brother-in-law. Eventually Roja marries Rishi and they leave the village to settle in the city.

 

Rishi, who works for the Indian government, is ordered to go on a secret mission to the troubled state of Kashmir, where even a curfew and curfews have done nothing to calm the situation. Roja also travels with her husband. She is promptly kidnapped after curfew by a group of jihadist militants who want an independent Kashmir and held for ransom.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


10
Protokoll über Chile Hortensia Allende, Salvador Allende, Fidel Castro, Joan Garcés

Protokoll über Chile

Regie
Miguel Littin
Actors
Hortensia Allende, Salvador Allende, Fidel Castro, Joan Garcés
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐⭐

In 1985, exiled Chilean director Miguel Littin secretly returned to his home country, then a military dictatorship, Chile. Torture, curfews and suspicion reign there. In his documentary film “Protocol on Chile” he tells of life in the country during the lockdown. Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Marquez wrote the world’s best-selling book “Clandestine in Chile : The Aventures of Miguel Littin” about the making of this film.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Unsichtbarer Aufstand Yves Montand, Renato Salvatori, O.E. Hasse, Jacques Weber

Unsichtbarer Aufstand

Regie
Costa-Gavras
Actors
Yves Montand, Renato Salvatori, O.E. Hasse, Jacques Weber
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐

In Uruguay in the early 1970s, a U.S. Agency for International Development official is kidnapped by a group of urban guerrillas. Set against the backdrop of real-life interrogations, the film examines the brutal consequences of the struggle between the Uruguayan government and the leftist Tupamaro guerrillas in an era of lockdowns, curfews and curfew restrictions.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Das Parfüm - Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Francesc Albiol

Das Parfum - Die Geschichte eines Mörders

Movies about curfews and lockdown

Regie
Tom Tykwer
Actors
Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Francesc Albiol
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

In the squalid slums of 18th century Paris lives French orphan Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He has an uncanny sense of smell. For him, this is both a blessing and a curse. Gradually – as the young man discovers the world and a multitude of primitive smells – one scent in particular remains frustratingly elusive to him: the scent of a woman’s body.

 

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is obsessed with capturing the female essence in “Perfume – The Story of a Murderer”. So he devotes himself to the dark search for the ultimate perfume; a complicated process that demands more and more victims and throws an entire city into turmoil, ending in a lockdown: With curfews and curfew bans, they try to put a stop to Grenouille.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Film über Ausgangssperre Die 5 vom Central Park Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana

Die 5 vom Central Park

Regie
Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
Actors
Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐⭐

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem are arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York’s Central Park. They all spend between 6 and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist confesses that he alone committed the crime. Which leads to the wrongful convictions being overturned.

 

Set against the backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, where curfews and exclusion zones are commonplace, “The Central Park Five” by Ken Burns tells the story of a miscarriage of justice. The feature film deals with attempts at manipulation by the police, curfews, the media hype surrounding sensational stories in the service of an outraged public, and five lives in which everything changes.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Der Duft der Papaya Nu Yên-Khê Tran, Man San Lu, Thi Loc Truong, Anh Hoa Nguyen

Der Duft der grünen Papaya

Regie
Anh Hung Tran
Actors
Nu Yên-Khê Tran, Man San Lu, Thi Loc Truong, Anh Hoa Nguyen
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐
Topicality

A little peasant girl, Mui, goes to live with a family in the city as their new servant. There is unrest there. Bans on going out and curfews restrict freedom of movement. At her new place of work, the mother is still mourning the loss of her daughter, who would have been Mui’s age. In her mind, she treated Mui like her daughter. Ten years later, Mui, now a young woman, is sent to live in a new house with a young pianist and his fiancée.

 

The musician fell in love with Mui. He teaches her to read and write despite Lockdown. Eventually, he leaves his girlfriend and marries Mui.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Firaaq Inaamulhaq, Nassar, Shahana Goswami, Nawazuddin Siddiquig

Firaaq

Lockdown Movies

Firaaq (2008)
Regie
Nandita Das
Actors
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Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐

During riots in the city of Gujarat, an injured Muslim woman asks the film’s main character, Arati for a place to hide. But this one does not open her front door. For her husband Sanjay looted goods from shops and his brother Devan even sexually harassed Muslim women.

 

Police officers arrest five Muslim men with guns. The situation escalates despite a lockdown.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Salvatore G. Frank Wolff, Salvo Randone, Frederico Zardi, Pippo Agusta

Wer erschoss Salvatore G.?

Regie
Francesco Rosi
Actors
Frank Wolff, Salvo Randone, Frederico Zardi, Pippo Agusta
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐

In 1950, 28-year-old Salvatore Giuliano is found shot to death in a Sicilian courtyard. Little is as it seems. The film moves between the late 1940s, when Giuliano and other fighters for Sicilian independence were recruited by separatist politicians to fight, and the days before and after Giuliano’s death during curfew and curfew hours.

 

Will the murderers be pardoned as promised after Sicily declares self-determination?

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


17
Ghatak: Lethal Sunny Deol, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Danny Denzongpa, Amrish Puri

Ghatak: Lethal

Regie
Rajkumar Santoshi
Actors
Sunny Deol, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Danny Denzongpa, Amrish Puri
Bewertung
⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐

Shambunath lives in a village with his younger son Kaashi. Together they travel to Mumbai. When they get there, they find that the place where their acquaintance lives has a curfew and no one is around.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


18
Detroit John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore

Detroit

Lockdown: The 24 best movies about curfews and curfew restrictions

Detroit (2017)
Regie
Kathryn Bigelow
Actors
John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐⭐⭐

On July 23, 1967, Detroit police raided an unlicensed club during a celebration for the return of black veterans from the Vietnam War. As the suspects are arrested, a mob forms. This starts throwing rocks at the officers, looting nearby businesses and setting fires, starting the 12th Street Riot. A riot that has gone down in the history books in the United States.

 

With state authorities and police unable to maintain public order despite curfews and curfew restrictions, Governor George W. Romney authorizes the Michigan Army National Guard and U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson sends Army paratroopers to Detroit to provide assistance.

 

On the second day of rioting despite curfews, two policemen chase a fleeing looter. One of the law enforcement officers kills the man with a shotgun, but is allowed to remain on duty because his superiors cannot decide whether to press murder charges.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


19
Eine Frauensache Isabelle Huppert, François Cluzet, Marie Trintignant, Nils Tavernier

Eine Frauensache

Regie
Claude Chabrol
Actors
Isabelle Huppert, François Cluzet, Marie Trintignant, Nils Tavernier
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐⭐⭐

Marie Latour, a woman with little schooling, raises her two children in a shabby apartment during World War II in occupied France in “A Woman’s Affair.” In 1941, her husband Paul returns home from German captivity. Paul is too ill to take up work. Marie, on the other hand, discovers that she can earn money with abortions in times of the ban on going out.

 

Many of her clients are impregnated by the German occupiers in the city, which suffers from a curfew and curfew hours. Despite lockdown, Marie buys better food and clothes from her earnings, looks for a new apartment, and rents out her bedrooms to prostitutes during the day through an acquaintance. She is indifferent to her husband Paul; but his humiliations grow as does her income.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


20
Blindspotting Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones

Blindspotting

Regie
Carlos López Estrada
Actors
Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐⭐⭐

Collin is a convicted felon. He is struggling to get through the last three days of his probation without any problems. Collin works with his short-tempered best friend Miles at a moving company in Oakland, a city in the Bay Area. One night, while waiting for a red light, Collin witnesses a white police officer shoot a black civilian.

 

Collin starts having nightmares and experiences hallucinations about curfews and lockdowns. Miles buys a gun for self-protection, an action Collin deeply disapproves of. As Miles exhibits increasingly erratic behavior, his ex-girlfriend warns Colins of the dangers to him of continuing to be friends with Miles.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


21
Vermisst Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, John Shea

Vermisst

Vermisst (1982)
Regie
Costa-Gavras
Actors
Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, John Shea
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐⭐

In September 1973, in the film “Missing”, the American journalist Charles Horman arrives in Chile with his friend in the city of Valparaiso. There he is to meet his wife Beth and bring her with him to New York. However, both are surprised by a military coup. Charles is arrested by the military force. In the city, curfews and curfews are imposed.

 

Ed, the father of the missing Charles and a conservative businessman from New York, travels to Chile. He wants to help Beth look for his missing son. But due to curfews, his freedom of movement is severely restricted. The American consulate promises Ed to find his son Charles despite lockdown, while skeptical Beth doesn’t trust the word of American authorities. Despite curfew, she in turn begins to search for Charles Horman.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


22
Wiedersehen, Kinder Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette, Stanislas Carré de Malberg

Auf Wiedersehen, Kinder

Regie
Louis Malle
Actors
Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette, Stanislas Carré de Malberg
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐⭐

In the 1944 feature film “Goodbye, Children,” schoolboy Julien Quentin and his brother François travel to a Catholic boarding school in the countryside. There’s no sign of curfews or curfew bans here. Julien is a good student despite the lockdown. When a new student arrives at the boarding school, cracks begin to show in their relationship. Julien discovers that the new student is a Jew and the priests are hiding him from the Nazis. They’re gonna be best friends.

 

Soon the Gestapo comes to the school to investigate the students and the priests who stay at the boarding school.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


23
Casablanca Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Casablanca

Casablanca (1942)
Regie
Michael Curtiz
Actors
Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Casablanca” tells the story of Rick Blaine, a cynical, world-weary ex-patriot. He runs a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco, during the early stages of World War II. Despite the pressure he constantly receives from the local authorities, Rick’s café has become something of a haven for refugees during the lockdown in times of curfews and curfew. The latter try to obtain illegal papers from him, which make it easier for them to escape to America.

 

When Ilsa, a former lover of Rick’s, shows up at his coffee shop one day with her husband, Rick faces a difficult challenge.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


24
Der Brotverdiener Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Noorin Gulamgaus, Laara Sadiqg

Der Brotverdiener

Regie
Nora Twomey
Actors
Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Noorin Gulamgaus, Laara Sadiqg
Bewertung
⭐⭐⭐
Topicality
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. Their everyday life is marked by prohibitions to go out. When her father is wrongfully arrested during curfew, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy to support her family.

Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom – and danger. She draws strength from the fantastic stories she invents as she goes in search of her father. The Breadwinner is an inspiring story about the power of hope. Actress and director Angelina Jolie co-financed this film as a producer.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing



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