Monday, January 08, 2007


After Coffee Messiah recommended a flick I was inspired to make my own recommendations. Here they are.

I never feel like I am watching the same old Hollywood formula movie when I watch a foreign film. They make me think and stick with me. They don't tie everything up with the happiest ending. They give you a fresh story. You are missing out if you don't check a few out. I particularly love The House of Sand.

I think I have mentioned this one before but it is worth mentioning again.
Schultze Gets the Blues is just so good. It's about a miner in Germany who plays Polka music. He gets a taste of Zydeco and sets off for Louisiana. Just the best. This is the film that convinced my 13 year old son that foreign films rock.


Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

The last film was amazing and a little sad at the end. (not to give the story away).
Just goes to show one should "always" follow their Muse!

Haven't seen the other two and will add to our list! Thanks!

Since moving to this part of the country, Foreign Films are always watched more than others.
Compared to most Hollywood fare, they have the pace, look and reality of real life.
Not to mention situations we can all relate to in one way or another!

My son has recently (24) told me how much he appreciates having been led to places I
went, whether music, film or friends etc.

So nice when they notice and aren't afraid to tell us! ; )

1/08/2007 10:17:00 AM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

I was about to yell "NO WAY" and then I saw you mention Zydeco music. That made up for it. I might have to send you some real music from down here. I remember as a kid when we used to sing along with the records my mom would put on. A lot were in part French and part English. I will have to check out some music I have and pick something to send you. Don't blame me if your feet tap so much that you wear out the new chucks!!!!!

1/08/2007 10:29:00 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Mary, I got caught up in
North by North East yesterday
aahh - the blonde spy
I'm a sucker for blonde spies.
And happy endings - lol!

1/08/2007 02:09:00 PM  
Blogger pinkfem said...

CM has much arcane knowledge to share. Can't wait to watch it.

1/08/2007 02:17:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Coffee Messiah- Yes. You must get them while they are young and it will be a part of them I think.

"Compared to most Hollywood fare, they have the pace, look and reality of real life."
Perfectly stated. That's what it is.

Donnie- I would love your Zydeco recommendations!

Quasar- I liked that film too. But isn't it North by Northwest. The Alfred Hitchcock one right?

Pinkfem- I haven't disliked anything he's recommended yet!

1/08/2007 02:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am a foreign film buff -- for all the same reasons. they are just so much more about the character and the messy lives of messy people. they can sometimes be disturbing, like in Talk to Her, but lets you into the life of people with struggles so contrary to your own. Here are a few of my favs (I will have to see the ones you mentioned!)...

- The Keys to the House (absolutely must see! poignant, moving, amazing!)
- Jean de Florette
- The Horseman on the Roof (didn't get the best reviews, but I'm a big fan of Juliette Binoche)

could go on...

Good for Me

1/09/2007 09:20:00 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

Sounds like a few movies I might enjoy. Thanks!

1/09/2007 09:47:00 AM  
Blogger Lily said...

I will check them out Mary.

My daughter has done some participating with me,its always good to share action with others in our lives. I think WIB has some very dedicated women. I think their commitment is inspiring.

1/09/2007 10:17:00 AM  
Blogger spadoman said...

when I worked in the motion picture production business, I usually worked on hollyweird movies. But when there weren't a lot of jobs, we went out to LA and did indy films.

Not foreign, but made in America, but low budget creative people. Every once in a while you'll see one on late late early morning cable TV. Same genre as the foreign stuff to an extent.

Donny... Clifton Cormier comes to mind from down that way. Zydeco, good foot movin'music!

1/09/2007 05:43:00 PM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

I have not seen any of these. Thanks for the recommendations! Now I have 4 movies to add to my queue, thanks to you & CM!

P.S. My customized purple high-top peace chucks finally arrived while I was out of town! Just in time for the protest tomorrow!

1/10/2007 09:02:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Me- I haven't seen those and so I am happy for that list. I love Juliette too.

Katie- I'm sure you will like them. Let me know what you think.

Lily- I think I am going to bring all the children with me on the 27th. Maybe if there had been more discussion and participation of this type going on in my home my son wouldn't have joined the army.

Spado- I like independents too. I get the Independent Film Channel also.

Bluegrrrrl- I know you are gonna give us a picture of those aren't you?

1/10/2007 05:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recommendations. If you'd like an American film that's not new, but has a very different (and lovely) feel to it, try OFF THE MAP.

1/10/2007 09:30:00 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Hi Mary, yep
it is North by North West
with the happy ending
The guy gets the blonde gal!

1/11/2007 07:43:00 AM  

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