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Angela Bassett

Cinema without borders: Placing a new world order

'Winters in Wartime'

Foreign films are definitely among the good things in life that come to those who wait. Today, any home can be an art house. You can satisfy your wanderlust without sweating passports or custom forms.

Indeed, the best foreign directors often place a higher premium on the real world than do their American counterparts. Their movies don't require 3-D glasses because they extend into historical dimensions. You won't find much of that anymore in Hollywood's silly, high-profile time-killers.

Here are a few recent imports we found especially engaging. All of them are grounded in reality, and come ready for booking in your own private repertory house: