Posts Tagged ‘ French ’

Movie I dig 011: Les Petits Mouchoirs (Little White Lies) (2010)

After watching ‘Les Petits Mouchoirs‘ I’m ready to go-go on a summer holiday at the beach. Sea food, beach-life, friends, meeting new people, sun and fun!

It’s a bunch of friends who decide to go on their annual holiday at one of the friends’ beach-house in the south of France, despite one of their friends being in the hospital after he was hit by a truck while driving his scooter. While being on this holiday everyone of these friends seems to have their own personal issues. Telling more would spoil it.

All in all I had a really good time watching this movie. The characters are quite likeable and the directing is done nicely.

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Movie I dig 008: Des Hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men) (2010)

This movie is hands down, a top 3 movie for 2011 (so far) for me. The other two would be ‘Incendies‘ and ‘Biutiful’.

Des Hommes et des Dieux‘ is a story (based upon true events) about a group of Christian monks who are residing and working in and around their monastery in an Algerian town. They have been in this Muslim village for a long time and they are very much part of the town’s identity. They have been helping and supporting the locals ever since they arrived there. This is pretty much the setting when the movie commences. To this background a slowly growing but poisonous factor is added. The factor of radicalisation amongst Muslim-men in Algeria and the  growth and spreading fear of terror brought upon non-Muslims and less fundamental Muslims. After a serious incident involving a group of other foreigners amongst the monks’ acquaintances. The monks are beginning to question themselves and each other whether they should stay or leave. They fear their safety is not guaranteed.

I was quite taken aback by the believe and confidence in the goodness of people, by the monks, even when facts and events were pointing in the opposite direction. The acting by especially Lambert WilsonMichael Lonsdale and Olivier Rabourdin is brilliant! It really seems like they have been monks most of their lives.

Xavier Beauvois did an astonishing job on re-creating the circumstances of the time and the very real atmosphere of a monastery in a non-Christian country.  Perhaps, the sum of the scenery and the camera work is the best thing about this movie.

Definitely go and watch it.

Movie I dig 005: La tête en friche (My Afternoons with Margueritte) (2010)

The things I dig about this movie are easy to sum up. Firstly there is the adorable  but slightly naive Germain (Gerard Depardieu) which is a very lovable character right from the start. He’s into gardening, has got a pretty hot girlfriend (Sophie Guillemin), is famous within his French little town, has a very disturbing, crazy mother and whenever made fun of (which happens often) seems to forget it quickly and will be in a good spirits again. Then there is de really nice and incredibly patient elderly woman Margueritte (Gisèle Casadesus) whom Germain starts to meet regularly in the park. Thirdly there is the love for books and reading that I can relate to!

All this is set in a lovely French village. Another thing I dig.

Overall ‘La tête en friche‘ is a very pleasant ride and even the things in the movie that about upon life’s not-so-bright things are pleasantly worked out by the director (Jean Becker). So if you are in for a feel-good movie and you dig the French, than ‘La tête en friche’ might be something worth checking out.

Here’s the trailer: