Thursday, August 16, 2018
Thursday Movie Picks: Non-English Language Films
For the 33rd week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. The subject is on non-English language films as there’s just so much to cover as it could basically be anything. Especially as I am someone that often reviews and watch foreign films. Here are my three picks as they’re not anything definitive but rather three picks of films from three different continents that I feel people should seek out as they’re available on Filmstruck:
1. Peppermint Frappe
From Carlos Saura is this film about identity and longing as it play into a man whose best friend has a new wife that looks similar to a woman he had seen play drums at a parade some time ago. It’s a strange film that stars Geraldine Chaplin in a trio of roles as that girl playing drums, the mysterious blonde who looks like that woman, and the man’s assistant. Yet, it does showcase what Saura could do with ideas of surrealism and memory.
2. The Life of Oharu
The very first film of Kenji Mizoguchi that I had seen is this film about the life of a woman who was sold into prostitution by her father to pay off his debts as she endures the many cruelties that happen to women during the Edo era of 17th Century Japan. It is a devastating film to watch yet Kinuyo Tanaka’s performance is entrancing in the way she endures so much as she also tries to find some idea of hope in an unjust system that did more harm to women than help them.
3. Touki Bouki
From Dijbril Diop Mambety comes a landmark film from Senegal just nearly a decade of the release of Black Girl that introduced the world to African cinema. The film revolves around two lovers who want to leave the country to go to Paris as it has this element of surrealism as well as a clash of tradition vs. modernism. It doesn’t have much of a plot yet it manages to convey this idea of a world that is trying to find its identity with two people wanting to go somewhere else but hold on to their roots.
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