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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Ma Maison n’a Pas été Bombardée

Gaelle Fayad | Lebanon | 2015 | 50 m Arab, French with English Subtitles Camille and her mother decide to enter the small cinema world in Beyrouth, few days before the Lebanese Israeli war in 2006. Cast Darina Al Joundi Majdi Machmouchi Christy Bared Anthony Saeb

Camí a l’Atalaya

Bernat de Ferrer Corominas | Spain | 2016 | 13 m Catalan, Spanish with English Subtitles Antoni has a place in the world, a magical place called ” Atalaya “; the top of a small mountain with wonderful views. Two chairs stored there and very special. Antoni is invaded by Carlos, his son, who moved to her home because… Read more »

The Secrets of the Keys

Michael Su | United States | 2015 | 1 h 49 m Facebook | Twitter Imagine getting a life-altering call from your doctor. That’s exactly what happens to motivational speaker and author “Elizabeth” in The Secrets of the Keys. Now, the inspiration she has used throughout her career to guide others comes back to her as she… Read more »

Stolen Path

John Banovich | Canada | 2015 | 1 h 29 m Facebook When I became 67 years old, I realized that it is either now or never, to turn my beloved childhood novel into a movie. With the help of my 16 year old granddaughter, and two years of extremely hard work, whereby we had to… Read more »

Agnus Dei

Agim Sopi | Kosovo | 2013 | 1 h 50 m Albanian with English Subtitles Facebook A young man Peter, who is around thirties, lives a desperate life with his mother Maria and her husband Stojan in one village of Serbia. Peter is born in Kosova from a forbidden love between his mother Maria and… Read more »

Autumn Fall

Jan Vardøen | Norway | 2015 | 1 h 38 m Norwegian with English Subtitles Facebook | Twitter Autumn Fall is an adult drama/comedy set in beautiful Oslo. Ingvld works as a lightning technician at the National Theatre but dreams of writing for the stage. However she can’t stand actors. She still manages to entangle herself… Read more »