The 32 Best Movies On Netflix, Streaming Right Now!

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| LAST UPDATE 01/17/2023

By Scarlett Adler
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It's Friday: the designated Netflix-and-Chill night. You pop open the wine bottle, pour yourself a glass of red, and sip. By the time you pour your second glass, Netflix pops on. It's time to pick the movie, and every thumbnail looks inviting. But time passes, and you still can't seem to decide. We're sure you've been there, which is why you're reading this article.

Choosing a movie is no laughing matter. The streaming giant has 3781 movies until now and keeps adding more by the day. Some great movies on Netflix cater to every type of viewer and mood. You do not want to choose the wrong option on movie night. Luckily, we've got your back. Here is a list of the best movies on Netflix - from comedies to dramas. This list has something for everyone.

Bullet Train (2022)

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There’s not enough bad luck in the world for the assassin Ladybug (played by Brad Pitt) because people are killed wherever he goes. When suddenly assigned as a replacement for another mission, he realizes that there’s far too much happening behind the original brief.

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What was supposed to be a simple snatch-and-grab turn out to be a showdown between world-class assassins on the Bullet Train, and he must find a way to survive the train ride. With timely comedy sprinkled over the action scenes, Bullet Train is one of the best movies to watch to pass your time.

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Troll (2022)

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Something has woken up from the mountain of Dovre and is now on a rampage, destroying everything in its path. Nora, played by Ine Marie Wilmann, an expert on fossils, is suddenly called to be the PM’s advisor on the situation, and her discovery is nothing short of shocking. A giant troll, trapped in the mountains for thousands of years, has finally made its way out into the open.

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As it approaches Norway, with the help of government agencies, Nora must find a way to suppress this being before it pushes back with all of nature’s force.

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The Pale Blue Eye (2022)

The Pale Blue Eye, a Netflix movie co-starring Christian Bale (Thor: Love and Thunder) and directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), is an intense thriller centered around the odd murder of a cadet at West Point Academy in 1830. It's a story of investigation, mystery, and horror - but with an added mysterious vibe.

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The plot moves forward as Bale's character unravels the hidden mysteries surrounding this strange crime. Plus, Cooper gives this chilling film an edge by using colors and shadows cleverly. If you're in the mood for something spooky, but with a one-of-a-kind twist, check out The Pale Blue Eye - it's sure to give you chills!

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The Swimmers (2022)

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Based on the truly inspiring story of Yusra Mardini and Sarah Mardini, The Swimmers is an enactment of their escape from war-torn Syria, leaving everything they knew and loved behind, to Germany where they must achieve their dreams of competing in the Olympics.

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Without only each other for familiarity, they face the inhumane conditions refugees go through when they escape from their country, to find a better tomorrow for themselves and their families. Yusra Mardini is an inspiration to the world, and this movie makes sure that we all acknowledge it by the end of the movie.

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Sr. (2022)

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Everyone knows Robert Downey Jr. The man is a pillar of Hollywood, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who disagrees with this statement. In Sr. however, he wants us to get to know his father Robert Downey Sr. better.

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A filmmaker of great repute during his team, this documentary is touching and takes the spotlight away from the son to the father – giving him much-deserved credit. Even if you’ve never watched the father’s movies (which is likely), you get to peek into the mind of an authentic director, through the eyes of a loving son who wants to world to know that his dad is incredible.

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Missing Link (2019)

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Missing Link is a slow-motion animated movie set in the 19th Century. This story follows "world's greatest" Lionel Frost (played by Hugh Jackman) as he embarks on his journey to find Sasquatch (played by great comedian Zach Galifianakis). Link (Sasquatch) is one last remaining of his species who feels alone and years for a family to call his own.

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With one last hope to find his family in Shangri-La, he takes the help of Lionel Frost and the adventurous Adelina Fortnight on a journey across the world to find his family. This movie connects you to the characters as they travel the world to find what's right next to them.

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Luckiest Girl Alive (2022)

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Luckiest Girl is based on the best-selling novel of the same name. The movie follows the story of Tiffany, a 38-year-old woman who appears to have it all - a perfectly curated life - an editor at a famous New York City women's magazine, a handsome, loving fiance to a lavish wedding around the corner.

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But she soon finds her 'perfect' life unraveling when a filmmaker invites her to talk about incidents from her horrific past. Tiffany soon finds herself questioning the choices she made in her past. This mystery thriller keeps you glued to your seat for every scene until the end.

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The Redeem Team (2022)

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The Redeem Team is a Netflix documentary about the US Olympic Men's Basketball Team's pursuit to win a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. After their big loss as a team at the previous Olympics, the ‘Redeem Team’ set out to change it at the next Olympics.

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This compelling 100-minute documentary has never seen footage of the team preparing for the Olympics, from team-building exercises to the interviews of greats like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski and their team. The core ingredient that makes this a wonderful hit - is the secret to what makes the team great. If you liked ‘The Last Dance’, we recommend watching this documentary.

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Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl (2022)

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Shania Twain’s had a tough time breaking into one of the most challenging industries in America. But she’s risen from a sweet little girl in Nashville to an internationally acclaimed singer.

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Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl is a documentary that takes her experiences and portrays them on the big screen for her to share with us. While this genre is fairly familiar, this movie still maintains a sweet aura around it.

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The Gray Man (2022)

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The Gray Man has been all over the Internet nowadays, featuring a star cast that retells the traditional secret agency chase with fiery action sequences and a wit to match.

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Maybe the best way to think about this movie is if you combine James Bond, James Bourne, John Wick and The Fast and the Furious franchises. Altogether, the latest watch that can entertain on Netflix.

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Purple Hearts (2022)

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The genre of fake-marriages-turn-real has been playing its rounds for a while now. But there’s something different about the way it's presented in Purple Hearts; maybe the premises of the plot seem too real.

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Cassie, a singer trying to make ends meet, and Luke, a Marine with a past decision to get married not for romantic reasons. But over time, what springs up between them?

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Persuasion (2022)

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Based on Jane Austin's novel, Persuasion is set when women would wear corsets and men asked their fathers for permission to talk to their daughters. Anne Elliot is a woman who is modern in all senses – when it comes to society or men.

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But when her lost love Frederick Wentworth comes back into her life, she is presented with two choices – allow her heart or her head to decide on second chances.

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Interceptor (2022)

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Elsa Pataky finds her forte in the action-packed thriller Interceptor, where she plays the role of JJ Collins, an Army captain sent on the one assignment nobody wants to take - heading the remote missile interceptor station located in the middle of the Pacific ocean.

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When terrorists headed by former military intelligence officer Alexander Kressel storm into the interceptor station to take over the missile systems, Collins tasks herself with stopping their incursion at any cost, if you’re in the mood for action that grips you to the seat, Interceptor has much to offer to you. An entertaining watch and we think you should give this movie a chance to stream on your screens.

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A Perfect Pairing (2022)

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A Perfect Pairing follows the Netflix formula of romantic comedy movies that are perfect for holiday watching, which are easy to watch and leave you feeling good as the movie comes to a close. Victoria Justice has had enough of her job and quits, but now needs to land a large account for her wine-importing business.

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She travels to Australia to close Vaughn Family Wines as her client, ensuring her business stays afloat. But when she meets Adam Demos, sparks emerge and the entire trip becomes about more than her business. The simple premise offers much to enjoy.

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Hustle (2022)

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There’s a side to Adam Sandler in Hustle that shows the breadth of roles this actor can handle. Stanley Sugerman, played by Sandler, is a 76ers scout who hasn’t been having the best day, month, or a couple of years. But when he finds a hidden gem by the name of Bo Cruz, he must find a way to pull this man away from his troubled past and hoist him up to the top ranks of the NBA, because of the player's potential.

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Even if you are not a basketball fan, Hustle is worth the watch because it showcases team politics, smooth moves and winning performances.

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Nightcrawler (2014)

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Nightcrawler might seem like a cool premise, but it is a mirror to show our addiction to wanting to stay updated all the time. With a stellar performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, this movie is dark but will keep you hooked to the screens. Louis Bloom survives in Los Angeles with petty theft but finds an untapped potential within himself as a cameraman for news channels.

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When his nighttime recordings catch the eye of Nina, a star news director who sees the end of her career, they team up to increase her station’s ratings. But Louis running behind ratings soon blurs the lines between ethics and madness. How will this end?

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The Call (2013)

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Halle Berry shines in the role of Jordan, who plays the central role in The Call. She saves many lives as a veteran operator at an emergency call center. But one tragic failure causes her to give up her job and help new entrants navigate the pressure of being responsible for saving lives over the phone.

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But one call from a kidnapped teen pulls her back into a high-stakes game of helping her escape. Fast-paced and smartly written, you’re going to be on the edge of your seat as Jordan does what she does best – helping people save their lives.

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Return to Space (2022)

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Return to Space films the rise of one of the most inspirational organizations on Earth – SpaceX. It is not far-fetched to say that Elon Musk rekindled the space travel ambitions of the US. Return to Space also gives us a sneak peek at the iconic year of 2011 when the Space Shuttle was retired.

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What we learn through the 128 minutes is more about the humans that took on this journey than the machines themselves. The show is a fabulous watch and a fantastic case of why space exploration is the final frontier of the human imagination.

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Blow (2001)

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Blow is the kind of biography where you feel sorry for the main character, as they keep getting more affluent and prosperous. The movie is placed in the ‘70s when the international drug trade was growing by leaps and bounds. George Jung, played by Johnny Depp, rises to fame as the world’s premier importer of cocaine from the Medellin cartel.

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The movie shows his rampant rise to fame and equally fast fall from the top. Blow is a delicate masterpiece of a biography, and there’s a warning for us to be wary of our paths.

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Munich: The Edge of War (2021)

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Munich: The Edge of War is based on the international bestseller by Robert Harris, but we think the movie did a much better job of imprinting into our minds the lives of fear people felt like the threat of World War 2 became more imminent day after day. As Adolf Hitler planned to invade Czechoslovakia, Hugh Legat, a servant of the Neville Chamberlain government, and Paul von Hartmann, a German diplomat met each other for the first time in Munich, for the emergency Conference.

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But they soon realize that the conference is a myriad political subterfuge moving towards severe consequences. What can be done, even though these men mean the best? It’s been far too long since we’ve seen such a well-crafted war-spy drama, and we think you should check this one out.

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My Octopus Teacher (2020)

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My Octopus Teacher is one of the most uncommon concepts we’ve seen in the documentary genre, but one that will shine out as an example of why the simplest of ideas can shake your foundations and beliefs about nature. Craig Foster, the main human character in this 85-minute-long show, is schooled about life and the present by an uncommon teacher – an octopus.

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Before you laugh out in disbelief, know that we felt the same too, until we sat down and played it out. Then we couldn’t get enough, and Craig seemed more of a side character throughout while we wanted more of the octopus.

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Against The Ice (2022)

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Denmark’s famous 1909 polar expedition laid the foundation for making Against the Ice. The search for a lost map forces two men to go beyond the extremes for survival. The drama between these two men is further amplified by the various adventures that almost always threaten to leave them dead.

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Man’s defiance of his mortality and his ambition to conquer Nature’s harshest tests makes for a good watch, but Against the Ice takes it to the edge, making this a worthy entry into the history of movie fame.

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The Weekend Away (2022)

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The Weekend Away is a fast-paced mystery thriller that can provide a good night’s entertainment at home. When Beth’s best friend goes missing one night on their girl's trip to Croatia, she has to find out what happened and do everything she can to rescue her friend.

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But every step of the journey takes her deeper and deeper into a pit of deception, and Beth must race against time to save her friend and herself from the strange dangers of the web they’ve stumbled upon. If you’re looking for 90 minutes of thrilling adventures, The Weekend Away is a good start for your night.

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The Unforgivable (2021)

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The Unforgivable pack's serious women firepower, starring Sandra Bullock and Viola Davis. Ruth Slater, played by Bullock, was imprisoned for a violent crime and has just been released as the movie begins. The movie follows her attempts to reconcile with her sister, who was five years old when Ruth went to prison. But how will this turn out in a society that treats criminals as brute beasts?

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How will Katherine, her sister, who lives in a world that couldn't be farther away from Ruth's, react to meeting her after 20 years? Bullock shines in this role, which is far from her typical type of movie. The story is well-written, and we were at the edge of our seats throughout the movie.

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The Dig (2021)

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Set in the backdrop of World War II, The Dig features a plot that ties in themes of love, drama, family, death, and hope - all while inspired by an actual event. Basil Brown, an amateur archaeologist, trained by his father and his grandfather, is hired by Edith Pretty to dig up her property in search of treasure. Though he is not entirely hopeful when he gets to work, Basil soon discovers of a lifetime, certainly the greatest in British Archaeology. But soon, the news goes out, and people flock to the discovery, wanting a piece of the action.

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The movie is thrilling, with instant chemistry between Basil and Edith even if their world is poles apart. Other characters introduced into the movie play a crucial role in strengthening the plot. The movie does not shout out for recognition, but the quiet, thoughtful undertone draws you in.

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Taxi Driver (1976)

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"I've got some bad ideas in my head" is one of Hollywood's most iconic lines. Taxi Driver is a look into the life of Tarvis Buckle, a taxi driver in New York during the '70s. Throughout the movie, we see the character of Tarvis develop into a dark, twisted persona in the madness of New York - until he can't take it anymore.

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What will stand out for you about this movie is the cinematography and music, making Taxi Driver one of the finest movies by Martin Scorsese. Robert De Niro stars at Travis, bringing his terrific acting skills to capture the character and plot entirely. We would give out the go-ahead for this movie any time.

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Gladiator (2000)

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Gladiator is a movie with vengeance, love, greed, and power all interlaced with historical events that took place during ancient Roman civilization. Commodus, the evil son of the last Good King Marcus Aurelius, takes over the Roman empire by trickery.

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He demotes Maximus, Aurelius’ favorite among his generals, kills his family, and sells Maximus off to Proximo, a man who manages gladiators. The dark scenery and lighting impress us with seriousness throughout the movie and mirror Maximum’s dark anger at Commodus. Maximum soon becomes the best of the gladiators, to exact vengeance on those who did him wrong.

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Beckett (2021)

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We've always felt an undeniable pull towards the "man-on-the-run" movies. Beckett is the latest addition that pulled us in. Beckett, played by John David Washington, is suddenly thrust into a world of uncertainty after a devastating accident claims his girlfriend's life.

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Set in the picturesque setting of Greece, Beckett has to run away from the authorities amidst political unrest to clear his name. All this while he unknowingly falls into a darker web of conspiracy. The movie takes well-written stops and the thrills enacted are right on point. Washington manages to tick all our boxes to be added to this list.

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Don’t Look Up (2021)

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Don't Look Up, with its star cast, tries to put a mirror to society's face that we care more about our favorite celebrities than the future of our world. Professor Mindy, played by DiCaprio, and Dibiasky, played by Jennifer Lawrence, discover a new comet and are over the moon until they calculate its trajectory – it's headed for a direct collision with our planet.

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When they bring this news to the POTUS, played by Meryl Streep, she's not too concerned and goes back to worrying about her poll numbers. The movie is scarily honest with how the world works in today's time. The dramedy does an excellent job of bringing in a funny premise to some dead-serious problems we face today.

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Tick, tick… BOOM! (2021)

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Tick, tick… BOOM! is an autobiographical musical, if there was such a thing, about Jonathan Larson’s journey to make a musical. Jonathan Larson was famous for being the creator of Rent, a rock musical that has stood out from other Broadway productions over time. The movie showcases his struggles as a waiter at a New York diner as he puts together a musical he hopes will be the next great American musical.

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Tick, tick… Boom! is a precise representation of the artist’s life of financial instability in the 90s, the AIDS epidemic that tore through the artistic community, and dreams of discovering what we are meant to do with the time we have. We love how nostalgic this made us feel and are mighty impressed.

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The Hand of God (2021)

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If you’re even remotely aware of football, you likely know what The Hand of God represents. Academy Award-winning writer and director Paolo Sorrentino uses this movie to tell us his observations about the life of 17-year-old Fabietto Schiesi, set in the 1980s.

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During the film, Fabietto doesn’t have many friends; he only connects with his brother, Marchino. But the story also has unexpected joys, which we won’t spoil here. How will Fabietto’s life and love for football come into shape when a terrible family tragedy strikes? The Hand of God invites us to join Fabietto’s journey to discover his future, despite the worst circumstances.

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