Category Archives: Foreign

The Nasty Girl (Das schreckliche Mädchen) (1990)

“The Nasty Girl” is kind of an unfortunate translation of “Das schreckliche Mädchen,” simply because it makes it sound like a porno, or something from the “Porky’s” ilk. “Schreckliche” usually translates as “terrible,” which would make more sense for this … Continue reading

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@Suicide Room (2011)

To say the Polish film “@Suicide Room” is like nothing I’ve ever seen is truly an understatement. It is depressing, scary, and so compelling, I couldn’t look away. Dominik Santorski (Jakub Gierszal) is an 18 year-old student at an exclusive … Continue reading

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Wonderland…sorta: Malice in Wonderland (2009), and Alice (1988)

Because it’s my night off–and because I’m on cold meds–I found two retellings of “Alice in Wonderland,” and figured they’d be perfect. “Malice in Wonderland” was first. A young American woman is hit by a taxi, and finds herself with … Continue reading

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XXY (2007)

One of the difficulties of being a teenager is dealing with sex. Sure, there’s the question of whether or not to have it–or with whom–but I’m referring to broader issues, like how one fits him or herself into the sexual … Continue reading

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My Life as a Dog (1985)

“My Life as a Dog” follows the life of a young boy going through some rough times, and how he uses his imagination and eccentricity to escape. His name is Ingemar (Anton Glanzelius). He’s eleven or so when the film … Continue reading

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Summer With Monika (1953) (orig: Sommaren med Monika)

Ingmar Bergman could direct “Tommy Boy,” and make it dark and stern. Whew. I just had to say that. Confession is good for the soul. Tonight, I watched “Summer With Monika,” Ingmar Bergman’s 1953 story of two young people stuck … Continue reading

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Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) (aka, Valerie a týden divu)

Thirteen year-old Valerie is sleeping in a gazebo, when a spry, torch-bearing thief bounds in and steals her earrings right off her ears. The earrings come back to her–in very odd ways–throughout the film, and disappear just as mysteriously. There’s … Continue reading

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