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Published : Oct. 21, 2011 - 21:40

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Restless (U.S.)

Opening Oct. 27

Drama. Directed by Gus Van Sant. Young boy Enoch (Henry Hopper), who dropped out of school after his parents’ untimely deaths, only hangs out with his imaginary friend Hiroshi (Ryo Kase), while spending most of his time attending strangers’ funerals. Things change when he falls for Annabel (Mia Wasikowska), a boyish girl with a pixie haircut. Turns out, she is a terminally ill cancer patient whose life expectancy is no longer than three months.

Punch (Korea)
Opened Oct. 20

Drama. Directed by Lee Han. Wan-deuk (Yoo Ah-in), an impoverished high school student who lives alone with his father and uncle, knows nothing but how to fight. He has nothing to lose, and has no aspirations or dreams for the future. His only wish is to somehow live without his nosy teacher Dong-joo (Kim Yoon-seok), who gives him too much unwanted attention. Without even asking Wan-deuk, Dong-joo would visit his place out of the blue and have drinks with his father and uncle, and embarrass him in front of his classmates by revealing his family history. Wan-deuk even thinks of running away from home to avoid Dong-joo, when the teacher suggests he look for his long-lost birth mother.

The Four Times (Italy, Switzerland, Germany)

Opened Oct. 20

Drama. Directed by Michelangelo Frammartino. An old shepherd lives alone with his goats in a remote village perched on the hills of Calabria, in the southernmost region of Italy. The weary old man gets sick one day, and believes the only medicine that can save his life is the dust on the church floor. He mixes the gathered dust with fresh goat milk, and drinks it every night.

Friends with Benefits (U.S.)

Opening Oct. 27

Romance. Comedy. Directed by Will Gluck. Dylan (Justin Timberlake), an art director who works for a small internet company in L.A., gets a job offer from GQ in New York. He gets the offer through Jamie (Mila Kunis), an executive recruiter for a leading job agency in New York City. He takes the job and moves to the big city on the east coast, and quickly becomes friends with Jamie. As Dylan doesn’t know anyone in town, the two become very close and spend most of their leisure time together. They eventually agree to have casual sex without any emotion or commitment involved.

A Reason to Live (Korea)

Opening Oct. 27.

Drama. Documentary filmmaker Da-hye (Song Hye-gyo) lost her fiancé on her last birthday in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident. Shortly after he died, she forgave the 17-year-old riding the bike, thinking that would bring peace to everyone. However, when she unexpectedly discovers what the 17-year-old has been doing since the accident and her forgiveness, Da-hye goes through emotional turmoil and confusion.