"I've Loved You So Long" (2008) Description from Netflix: After more than a decade apart, estranged sisters Juliette (Kristin Scott Thomas) and Lea (Elsa Zylberstein) try to rebuild their fractured relationship. But the task is hardly easy, considering Juliette's past. She's been in jail for 15 years -- for killing someone. As she settles into small-town life with Lea's family, the locals can't help but talk. Philippe Claudel's feature film debut garnered him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
This should have been nominated for Best Picture. It was one of the top 5 movies of last year for sure. It unfolded perfectly and all of the characters were very well developed and acted. It didn't have any wacky french symbolism or strange dream sequences. For a French film, it was very British. I highly recommend. Watch in French with subtitles.
"Shackleton" (2002) Description from Netflix: Ernest Shackleton (Kenneth Branagh) was one of 20th century's greatest explorers. Bound for Antarctica in 1915, Shackleton's ship, the Endurance, became trapped in the Weddell Sea ice pack. The ship sank, stranding Shackleton and his crew in hostile environments. Based on diaries and first-person accounts of expedition members, this film recounts their ordeal.
A&E miniseries I have had on my list for a while mostly because of Branagh. It was very well done all the way around. Not sure how accurate it was on the history since I don't know all that much about Shackleton himself. It was very entertaining and well done. I recommend.
"Let The Right One In" (2008) Description from Netflix: Twelve-year-old Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), the constant target of bullies, spends his time plotting revenge and collecting news items about the grisly murders plaguing his town. Things change for Oskar when he meets new girl Eli (Lina Leandersson), a misfit vampire who steals his heart. As a serial killer continues to prey on teen boys in the small village outside Stockholm, Sweden, Eli helps Oskar find the courage to stand up to his tormenters.
This one was on a few people's lists for their top films of last year. I don't know why. I admit we watched it dubbed, but only because we couldn't figure out to swap it out to subtitles. This was the first movie I watch on my new couch and the first time I watched a movie with a friend in my apartment. I didn't think it was all that ground breaking. It was just a vampire movie done with junior high kids instead of teenagers. It was just okay.
"La Vie En Rose" (2007) Description from Netflix: In this biopic, director Olivier Dahan creates a loving portrait of legendary Parisian singer Edith Piaf (played by Marion Cotillard in an Oscar-winning performance), whose passion for music saw her through a life filled with tragedy. The film follows the chanteuse from her forlorn childhood in a brothel to her big break at Louis Leplée's (Gérard Depardieu) nightclub and her premature death at age 47. Sylvie Testud and Pascal Greggory co-star.
Marion Cotillard completely deserved her Oscar. Amazing performance. The movie itself was just okay. Very sad story about a very tragic singer whose voice and song is what you think of when you think of Paris. It moved slow in parts and the other actors were not nearly as good as she was.