Thursday Movie Picks: Non-English Films
Films not in the English language is always one of my favorite themes from Wandering Through The Shelves. I always end up with a larger watch list after the fact. As always, a rule for myself is to try not to use ones I have in the past. This time, I ended up with a very depressing theme within a theme. Losing a child in various ways.
1) The Broken Circle Breakdown - From Belgium, this story is about a couple who fall in love despite being opposites. They eventually have a child who is diagnosed with a terminal illness and this movie is about how it affects them. I really liked this movie, despite the weird rant the main character goes on towards the end that brings the film to a screeching halt.
2) Loveless - From Russia, a young boy overhears his parents talking about his future in the midst of their divorce. Neither want him, so he runs away. Now the parents must find him. I would never watch this film again but good lord does it live rent free in my head. This film is relentlessly brutal. I hated both parents so much and just wanted to take their son in my arms. I think the fact that this film works is pretty remarkable.
3) Child's Pose - From Romania, a mother will do anything to save her son from going to prison on manslaughter charges. This features an excellent lead performance from the late Luminita Gheorghiu. I remember seeking this out when it was on the Oscar short list and being really annoyed when it wasn't nominated. It should have been.