Sharon here. I just watched an amazing film called Sarah’s Key. It is about a Jewish family in Paris in 1943. The French Government, not the Nazis rounded up 75,000 Jews from one neighbourhood and had them sent to concentration camps.
Sixty years later, a journalist who is married to the family who moved into their flat a month after they disappeared, begins to look into what happened back then and tries to find the children of the family. Wow. A very powerful movie. Highly recommended and rentable at Pioneers Video
I thought I would give you a heads up so that you can think about this for tomorrow. I have a choice of three movies and all are wonderful in their own way. In no particular order they are:
King of Hearts: 1966
A 1966 comedy-drama film directed by Philippe de Broca and starring Alan Bates.
The film is set in a small town in France near the end of World War I. As the Imperial German Army retreats they booby trap the whole town to explode. The locals flee and, left to their own devices, a gaggle of cheerful lunatics escape the asylum and take over the town — thoroughly confusing the lone Scottish soldier who has been dispatched to defuse the bomb. The film ends with the question of who is more insane, those in the asylum or the soldiers on the battlefield.
Charming and funny and quirky.
Lost in Austen: 2008
Amanda Price is dissatisfied with her life in modern London. Her favorite escape is getting lost in the pages of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. One night, Amanda is startled to come face to face with the novel’s protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet. A small door in her apartment mysteriously links their worlds.
Eventually, Amanda becomes trapped on the other side, while Elizabeth remains in the modern world. Now as the events of her favorite book unfold in all the wrong ways, Amanda tries desperately to set things straight, but inevitably makes things worse. Will this fractured version of a classic tale lead Amanda to her own happily-ever-after?
For Jane Austen fans, a wonderful new twist on the story. Even if you aren’t familiar with Pride and Prejudice, it is still a lot of fun.
Called “Utu,” or Revenge in New Zealand.
An Afrikaner veteran of the Boer War has just immigrated to New Zealand and is hired to track a man accused of killing a soldier. While hunting through the countryside he captures his fugitive, only to learn that he’s innocent of the crime. When faced with the life changing decision to turn him in or set him free only one man will walk away alive.
A rivetting drama, that once it begins, it will be hard to tear yourself away. Beautiful scenery, Maori culture and two expert trackers against each other.
This was a love/hate movie.We were wrong in thinking the eldest boy died. Sean Penn was the eldest son, reflecting back on his childhood: the brother that died was the one that he kept asking to put his finger on dangerous objects to test his love and trust.
The Dad was the way of Nature: cold, cruel and subject to unpredictable bouts of terrorizing: the mother was the way of Grace, angelic, loving, and accepting.
The boy’s passage to adulthood was all about trying to reconcile those two forces in his own being. That part of the movie was brilliant. We could have done without the hokey cosmic-drug-trip space age whispering gallery at the beginning and the endless wandering on the beach at the end.
The sun flowers and we are the light, it all was too contrived….But still, let’s hand it to Terrance Mallick, it’s great when directors (and he did attend Magdalen College, Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, to study Martin Heidegger) push the boundaries of formulaic filmmaking.