Part I, Part II, Part III, & Part IV can be read by click on the links. Here's my most recent Foreign Film's viewed for this series and have been selected from Edward Copeland's best of non-English film nomination list.
In the Mood for Love (2000) directed by Kar Wai Wong
In this film, two couples move rent rooms from next door apartments. Mr. Chow and Mrs. Chan (Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung) each are left alone and become very lonely and form a unique bond as they deal with their belief that there spouses are having an affair.
The tone of the film reminded me of Lost in Translation, even in the sense that these two people want to do the right thing and remain faithful, even if there own spouses have abandoned them. The choices they make are very powerful and moving. This is an excellent film.
The Vanishing (1988) directed by George Sluizer
Definitly a thriller, but it's tone and resolve is different than most American thrillers. In this movie a man's girlfriend disappears at a gast station. Unlike, many films, this movie spends more time showing the kidnapper and his preperation more than the man searching for his missing girlfriend.
I felt like Sluizer did a good job creating the suspence, althought this was definitly the worst musical score of any movie I've seen in a long time.
Cinema Paradiso (1989) directed by Giuseppe Tornatore
Obviously a classic among film lovers. This movie tells the story of Salvatore as he grows up in a small Sicillian town, and his rebellious love for movies and a deep father-like relationship formed with Alfredo, the projectionist, at the Cinema Paradiso. The film follows the story of the power of the relationship between these two people and the Cinema in a powerful and moving way. I'm definitly glad I finally got a round to seeing this movie.
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