Narrative Feature

A narrative or story is any report of connected events, real or imaginary, presented in a sequence of written or spoken words, and/or still or moving images.

Narrative can be organized in a number of thematic and/or formal categories: non-fiction (such as definitively including creative non-fiction, biography, journalism, transcript poetry, and historiography); fictionalization of historical events (such as anecdote, myth, legend, and historical fiction); and fiction proper (such as literature in prose and sometimes poetry, such as short stories, novels, and narrative poems and songs, and imaginary narratives as portrayed in other textual forms, games, or live or recorded performances). Narrative is found in all forms of human creativity, art, and entertainment, including speech, literature, theatre, music and song, comics, journalism, film, television and video, radio, gameplay, unstructured recreation, and performance in general, as well as some painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and other visual arts (though several modern art movements refuse the narrative in favor of the abstract and conceptual), as long as a sequence of events is presented. The word derives from the Latin verb narrare, “to tell”, which is derived from the adjective gnarus, “knowing” or “skilled”.

Oral storytelling is perhaps[according to whom?] the earliest method for sharing narratives. During most people’s childhoods, narratives are used to guide them on proper behavior, cultural history, formation of a communal identity, and values, as especially studied in anthropology today among traditional indigenous peoples. Narratives may also be nested within other narratives, such as narratives told by an unreliable narrator (a character) typically found in noir fiction genre. An important part of narration is the narrative mode, the set of methods used to communicate the narrative through a process narration.

Along with exposition, argumentation, and description, narration, broadly defined, is one of four rhetorical modes of discourse. More narrowly defined, it is the fiction-writing mode in which the narrator communicates directly to the reader.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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Where Sleeping Dogs Lie

A Neo-Noir Crime Drama about two brothers with a strained relationship and their childhood best friend that find themselves in a tragic twist of events during a botched robbery attempt.

What We Don’t Say

Ben, an aspiring cartoonist is closed off from a recent breakup. While lost in self doubt he meets vivacious and free spirited Juliette. They have an instant connection but she also has plans to move away soon. Regardless, the two decide to spend time together while they can. As their love for each other grows,… Read more »

The Unsung

In an old, industrial town, a homeless man (Eric) roams the streets, looking for a place to rest when a young girl (Samara) is in danger. He runs to her aide and saves her from harm. She leads him to a homeless village where he is inspired by the friendships he makes there. Through newspapers… Read more »

The Sunflower

The stable and respectable life of the former doctor, and now the official Igor Makarov, collapses after the murder of his business partner’s family. Igor decides to help his daughter who has lost memory. Faced with a certain high-ranking grouping and a competitor elimination scheme, Makarov finds a non-standard way out of this situation.

The Person Who is Not

Diyor who is eleven years old, lives in the little town with his mother. Life lost it’s meaning for him. After his father’s death, he is having nightmares all the time. He is not able to go back to normal life. The past again overtakes him, when he once, lost in the woods, meets his… Read more »

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The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

A beautiful woman called Qi Lin endures great hardship to raise an abandoned boy Xiaogang and creates a beautiful fairytale for him. She tells the boy that before his father died, he has invested in a big project with her. Unexpectedly, Xiaogang’s birth mother suddenly returns and asks for money. She claims that Lin’s house… Read more »

Orange Sky Grace

A story about redemption – Lydia witnesses a car accident that unbeknownst to her, was an intentional crime. She confronts the perpetrator thinking he made a mistake. He does not respond the way she expects and takes her hostage. Lydia struggles to outmaneuver her captor and draws upon her faith and courage to confront her… Read more »

Offstage Elements

Five middle aged musicians reach the peak of their success while dealing with individual tragedies.

No Knock List

When two hardened criminals facing harsh sentences make a break from prison, they hatch their plan to rob a paranoid recluse who runs a boarding house in her sprawling Victorian manor. Just as their plan seems to be coming together, things inside the mansion begin to unravel. It’s a race against time for the men… Read more »

Just Words

Two social outcasts with hidden identities, who keep meeting in a coffee shop and talk in their childlike yet inconspicuous cryptic, find it difficult to express their love for each other. The entire film is shot in a single room remodeled as a coffee shop with only two characters having a conversation about their ideas… Read more »