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    Life Is Beautiful (1997)

    Well worthy of its Best Picture Oscar (and the others).

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    Not to be confused with the 2019 French film, Belle Époque is a 1992 Spanish comedy-drama film.
    It is a feel good movie, plain and simple. I reckon it will leave you smiling (and wouldn't you love to be our male protagonist?).
    Nicely shot, features a young Penelope Cruz too. It just makes you feel good, with no major pretensions. 8.5/10


    Not sure if you're into Spanish Cinema, but this is like the antidote to Pedro Almovodar. Won the Oscar for best foreign film too.
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    The Road Home... From the book, Rembrance by Bao Shi.
    Chinese movie about the simple life of a country teacher in a poor remote chinese village. A great story good music and some beautiful scenery. Starring one of my favourite actresses when she was young Zhang Zhiyi.

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    ^ Excellent movie.

    I don't like all of Pedro Almodovar's films by any stretch, but his last one kept me watching.



    I'm not sure why anyone would need an 'antidote' to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Cow View Post
    Starring one of my favourite actresses when she was young Zhang Zhiyi.
    Excellent actress. I saw her, not quite met her, in Macau. She was smaller than I had expected and didn't stand out from the crowd at all, until the cameras appeared and then she suddenly lit up the room. Natural star.

    I saw Shu Qi in similar circumstances and she was the same. A very pleasant lady and she can just switch on a captivating smile for the crowds and of course for the cameras.

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    A danish film got a Bafta this evening.

    Brits do like films about drinking

    'Another Round'

    Druk

    I hear it's worth a look

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    ...The Life Ahead starring 86 year-old Sophia Loren as an Italian Holocaust survivor...while her acting skills (such as they are) haven't been totally dulled over time, the famous bosoms have fallen to new lows...still a pleasure to see her in action...recommended (Netflix)...

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    I dont watch many movies, and even less foreign language ones but many years ago I watched a German WW2 movie in German that portrayed as the complex persons that they were rather than the caricatures that Hollywood portrays them as.
    The title of the movie was Das Boot
    The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.

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    Watch this sequence from "Soy Cuba" (I am Cuba). That's all. Tremendous considering it was filmed in 1964.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    The artist's wife is played by Jane Birkin and when I googled her I was reminded of the French classic Manon De Source in which she stars

    So tonight I watched part 1 Jean De Florette which I have not seen in over 30 years
    I got it mixed up.

    It was not the artist's wife who is in Manon Des Source, it is the artist's muse; the one who spent most of La Belle Noiseusse in the buff

    She gets her kit of in Manon Des Source too. That was not the only detail I had forgotten since the last viewing 30+ years ago

    I had forgotten the whole story which was a bonus as the 2 films together create a tragedy of greco-shakesperean proportions.

    I look forward to my dotardage when I can re-enjoy all my favourite films year after year without remembering the story details


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    ^ jean de florette and manon des sources - great movies. beautiful scenery and girls, epic bastardry in the village. Depardieu montand and auteil - all good.
    Thx for the reminder will have to revisit them again soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    Another Round (Druk)
    Some raw subject material handled delicately in another masterful performance from Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt (Jagten) from 2012



    I don't think it quite belongs in my Christmas Movie thread despite one of the most powerful scenes taking place at Midnight Mass with a beautiful scandi carol for accompaniment

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