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Journey of Hope is the story of a family who has to move from Turkey to Switzerland in an attempt at a better life. The film depicts the hardships the family faces from the moment the decision is made to the actual journey to Switzerland. I just watched this film last week and absolutely loved it. I definitely spent the second half of it in tears so prepare yourself for that. Journey of Hope can be found on Netflix.

Caro Diario is one of the first films I had to watch when I took my first film class a few years ago. Since watching (and falling in love with) Caro Diario, I’ve watched pretty much every other film by Nanni Moretti. I’ve recommended other films of his in the past but this is where it all started for me. The film is semi-autobiographical and is filmed throughout beautiful locations in Italy. I think you’d love this (and all of Moretti’s other films) if you enjoy films by Woody Allen.

Her was one of my favorite films of 2013. I love Joaquin Phoenix so it was kind of inevitable. Her is the story of a man who, essentially, unexpectedly falls in love with his artificially intelligent operating system. It is everything I love about romantic-comedies and much of what I love about science-fiction films all rolled into one. If you’re someone who hasn’t seen this yet, you definitely need to check it out.

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Porco Rosso (1992): One of my favorites from Miyazaki. The most adult of all of the Studio Ghibli films (at least in my opinion), and one of the most interesting. I mean, Porco Rosso is a bounty hunting pig. And, as rumor has it, a sequel of sorts is in the works. I’ve found that a lot of people who love Miyazaki have yet to see this one so if that applies to you, check it out.

Frances Ha (2014): I love Frances Ha. It is one of my top films of 2014. I mean, there’s little not to like. In many ways, it is similar to other Noah Baumbach films. He’s a man of a particular style. Almost everyone I know who has watched this film has told me that they see some of themselves in Frances herself and I think that’s pretty cool. It’s solid, it’s enjoyable and it’s on Netflix.

Catfish (2010): The beginning of it all. I remember initially watching Catfish the night before I went to New York for the first time in 2011. I had a lot to take in in a new city, but I spent a lot of the time talking nonstop about this movie. Since then, I’ve convinced tons of my friends to watch it and I’ve even convinced MTV to make a show about it (jk about that). I’m a sucker for Nev though and he’s his great ol’ self in the original movie, dealing with his own personal catfish situation. If you haven’t seen it, especially if you love the tv show, check this one out, too.

As a film student and enthusiast, I often have people come to me for movie suggestions or opinions. I’m terrible with opinions (I rarely hate a film – I kind of feel bad because someone out there put their whole heart into making that movie!), but I think I’m pretty good with suggestions.

Here are five films I think you should definitely watch:

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