365 Movies in 2014 ||  269/365 American Mary (2012)

Directors: Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska

Starring: Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo and Tristan Risk

Plot: The story follows medical student, Mary Mason, as she becomes increasingly broke and disenchanted with the surgical world she once admired. The allure of easy money sends Mary into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so called ‘freakish’ clientele.

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Elena (2012) (58/365)

Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream as her mother, to become a movie actress. She leaves behind her childhood spent in hiding during the years of the military dictatorship. She also leaves Petra, her seven year old sister. Two decades later, Petra also becomes an actress and goes to New York in search of Elena. When she finally finds Elena in an unexpected place, she has to learn to let her go.

"This mystery. I feel dark, in darkness, which will never end. I don’t dare wish to work in theater, cinema, dance, singing. Because I’ve lived them and moments later I no longer had their light and didn’t know what, what for nor why I did them, and the same sadness would take over. I feel so sick. If only I could vomit. Not even that. I feel weak, a coward and ashamed before life and everyone. I want to die. Reason? So many it would be ridiculous to mention. I give up. I give up because my heart’s so sad I feel I have the right to no longer wander with this body that occupies space and keeps on shattering what I have that’s so very fragile.
I want to disappear. This time I was not supposed to fight.”

365 Movies in 2014  ||  47/365 The Elephant Man (1980)

Director: David Lynch

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt and Anne Bancroft

Plot: A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.

365 Movies in 2014  || 355/365 Terri (2011)

Director: Azazel Jacobs

Starring: John C. Reilly, Jacob Wysocki and Bridger Zadina

Plot:Centers on a large 15-year-old boy in a small town as he struggles to adjust to his difficult life.