I spent all day yesterday watching foreign films at my school! This is what happens when you don’t do so hot on an exam and need extra points. I received five points per movie and these were the movies I sat through. (In viewing order of course)
The Spirit of the Beehive
Set in a calm and uneventful remote village in the 1940s; two Young girls see a Frankenstein movie. One of the girls is traumatized by the film and begins to wander the countryside determined to find the creature and drifts into her own fantasy world.
Opened: January 1, 1973
Director: Víctor Erice
Country : Spain
1 hr 35 min
All I can say is Spirit of the beehive, what spirit? Mostly a monster hunting movie not much about the bees. The bees were there, but may have been overshadowed by Frankenstein. This gothic style film is interesting in its own way but, a bit lacking. However, I understand this since it is told from a little girl’s point of view. This film is probably not one I would watch again.
Set at a French boarding school which is run by priests. This school seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of the top student in his class. Rivals at first, then the roommates form a bond and share a secret.
Opened: October 7, 1987
Director: Louis Malle
1 hr 44min
This film was surprisingly interesting. Definitely pulls at the heart strings and may even pry out some tears in the process. This film is full of boys, since it is a all boy’s catholic boarding school. However, this film portrays young boys as what they may be like away from home and what they might be feeling and going through. This film is worth seeing!
About five friends, in Berlin of 1941, who are eager to become heroes in an adventure that will change Europe and themselves as well. Highly decorated officer Wilhelm is off to the eastern front with his younger brother Friedhelm, who is more interested in literature than the war. Charlotte, who is in love with Wilhelm, is a nurse who looks forward to serving in the Wehrmacht on the eastern front. While Greta is a talented singer who wants to become another Marlene Dietrich and her Jewish boyfriend Viktor still cannot convince his parents to leave Germany. Valor and courage are major themes but also betrayal – of values, beliefs, humanity. Friedhelm turns into a soulless killing machine, while Wilhelm deserts his troops and is court-martialed and Charlotte’s Nazi ideology crumbles when she betrays a Jewish nurse. Greta receives what she wants by selling herself to an SS colonel. They all wanted to be heroes. However, none of them could imagine what the war would do to them and to the world.
Release date: March 1 2013 (Germany)
Director: Philipp Kadelbach
4 hr 39 min
Not Rated -Does have adult and intense scenes.
I loved this film! It was originally done as a mini series, but was squeezed together into a little over four hours. This film is the soap opera of the World War II world. This history retelling is both intriguing and captivating; I was left wondering what was going to happen next. Even though it’s four hours long this film is a must see.
A ten year old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. She sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale and wants the bicycle so she can beat Abdullah, a boy she shouldn’t be playing with, in a race. But Wadjda’s mother won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. Wadjda decides to raise the money. At first, Wadjda’s mother is too preoccupied with convincing her husband not to take a second wife to realize what’s going on. Wadjda’s plans are ruined when she is caught running various schemes at school. Just when she loses hope of raising enough money, she hears of a cash prize for a Koran recitation competition at her school and enters!
Release date: September 13, 2013 (Limited)
Director: Haiffa al Mansour
Country: Saudi Arabia
1 hr 37 min
This film is the first of its kind since it is produced by a woman, first time ever for this location! This film is very cute and funny in all the right spots. It also portrays a very close mother daughter relationship. I enjoyed this movie very much and would watch this one again! All that needs to be said is go see it!
That is all I saw during the Foreign film day. I was exhausted by the time the last movie ended and was ready for some food and some serious sleep. This day began at 11am and ended at 9:50 pm. However, I learned one thing at the end of the day. I dislike subtitles!
I think I’ll try studying harder next time!