Category Archives: Foreign

My Father My Lord

  I didn’t realize how perfect a title “My Father My Lord” was until I started this review. Menahem Eidelman is a young boy—nine or ten—and he’s filled with curiosity about the world. His mother, Esther, is a young woman, … Continue reading

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Eight Miles High (Das Wilde Leben) (2007)

(note: I chose to watch “Eight Miles High,” because it dawned on me that I’d watched movies with the number Eight in their title two consecutive nights. Could I make it a third? You betcha. The good thing is that … Continue reading

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Young and Wild (Joven y Alocada) (2012)

Seventeen-year-old Daniela is in a slightly delicate situation. On one hand, she’s a member of a fervent Evangelical family, the kinds of people who go to church several times a week and speak in tongues at home. On the other … Continue reading

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The Wedding Song (Le chant des mariées) (2008); After Fall, Winter (2011)

Yeah, like you’ve never enjoyed a Lizzie Brocheré double-feature before. I kid. As it happens, I did last night… “The Wedding Song” (Le chant des mariées) tells the story of a friendship imperiled when the Nazis occupied Tunisia during World … Continue reading

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Requiem (2006) and The Raven (2012)

There was just something odd about Michaela Klingler. She was pretty enough, in a plain way, but something had set her apart from her high school classmates. First off, she was an extremely pious Catholic girl in the 1970’s, when … Continue reading

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Downfall (2004) Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

So my doctor gave me some new meds, and whenever I sit up, I get dizzy. So how better to treat this than lying in bed with a double-feature of intense, German WW2 dramas. It turns out, while this was … Continue reading

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Aimee & Jaguar (1999)

“Aimee & Jaguar” is a beautiful love story told against an unimaginably bad backdrop: World War 2 Berlin. It’s also a true story, based on a memoir by “Aimee.” Felice (Maria Schrader) is an adventurous sort with a honed survival … Continue reading

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