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5 Drama Movies You Need To Watch This Week

Warning: tissues will be needed.

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1. Blue Is the Warmest Color.

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Blue is the Warmest Color is a French film, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, and won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The film revolves around young Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos), who struggles with her sexual identity, but eventually comes to terms with who she is, and forms a strong emotional and physical connection with a blue-haired art student, Emma (Léa Seydoux).

Where to watch: Amazon, iTunes, and it is currently streaming on Netflix.

2. 52 Tuesdays.

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Sophie Hyde, the 2014 Sundance award winner for directing, tells the story of 16-year old Billie (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) and her path to find independence. Billie's mother, James (Del Herbert-Jane), undergoes a journey of her own, as she transitions gender to a male, and due to the extensive physical and emotional requirements of the transition, James limits her time with Billie to Tuesdays exclusively.

Where to watch: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, VUDU, and it is currently streaming on Netflix.

3. The Diary of a Teenage Girl.

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Winner of the 2015 Sundance Cinematography Award, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, explores the sexual awakening of 15-year old Minnie Guetze (Bel Powley), who loses her virginity to her mother's boyfriend, Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård). The director, Marielle Heller, develops a powerful movie that everyone can relate to - that difficult time in transitioning from childhood to adulthood.

Where to watch: Playing in select theaters.

4. Stuck in Love.

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Stuck in Love, directed by John Boone, was released for screening at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival. The film follows the love lives of a family of writers: Bill Borgens (Greg Kinnear), Samantha Borgens (Lily Collins), and Rusty Borgens (Nat Wolff). Bill is a successful novelist, yet has been unable to write a word since his divorce from Erica (Jennifer Connelly) a few years prior. College student, Samantha, is in the process of publishing her first novel, and manifests a pessimistic view on love. Meanwhile, her younger brother, Rusty, struggles as a fantasy writer, and becomes the boyfriend of his complicated dream girl.

Where to watch: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, VUDU, and Netflix DVD.

5. The Impossible.

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The Impossible, a Spanish movie, was nominated for best film at the 2013 Goya Awards, and the director, Juan Antonio Bayona, won for best director. The film is based on a true story, following Henry (Ewan McGregor), his wife Maria (Naomi Watts), and their three sons, Lucas (Tom Holland), Thomas (Samuel Joslin), and Simon (Oaklee Pendergast), who travel to Thailand for a winter vacation. The family relaxes by the pool on December 26th, as the massive 2004 tsunami engulfs the area.

Where to watch: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and VUDU.

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