February 16, 2004 12:00 PM

Osama

Exactly how terrible it was for women under the Taliban becomes horrifically clear in a relentlessly bleak Afghan film, the first made in the post-Taliban era. A girl and her widowed mother suffer brutal repression and poverty. In desperation the mother has the child masquerade as a boy to work. (PG-13)

The Return

A haunting, beautifully photographed Russian drama follows two brothers as they take a fishing trip with their dad, who has returned without explanation after years away. His sons long for his love, but question his motives. (Not rated)

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