New foreign language movies (September 2010)

September 29, 2010 at 5:02 pm Leave a comment

Over the past month, documentaries and movies in various languages have been recorded from SBS & ABC channels.

These programmes are available in the Self Study room (Rm 222, Brennan MacCallum building) should you wish to view them.



Black sheep of the family Jannik comforts the wife and children of his more successful older brother Michael after he goes missing in Afghanistan. When Michael comes home, traumatised by being held prisoner in the mountains, nothing is the same. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

(2004)  (Denmark/Danish, Arabic, English)  Director: Susanne Bier
MA  V,A  Drama  120 mins  Repeat  *CC*


Bejart: The Show Must Go On

In 2007, the brilliant French choreographer Maurice Bejart died in Lausanne, where his dance troupe has been based since 1987. His successor, Gil Roman, currently fights not only for funding but also for artistic recognition. In addition to short clips of Bejart’s choreography, the documentary includes rehearsals led by Roman and comments from some of the young dancers.

Gil Roman, Maurice Bejart, Béjart Ballet Lausanne

(2009)  (Spain/French, Spanish, English)  Director: Arantxa Aguirre  PG  Documentary  85 mins

The Child

Winner of the Golden Palm at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, The Child is a confronting and powerful morality tale about a young man who is reluctant to abandon his wheeler-dealer lifestyle and accept his new responsibilities. Bruno and Sonia are a young couple living off the proceeds of petty thefts. When Sonia has a baby, Bruno thinks it might be a good idea to sell it.

Luc Dardenne, Jérémie Rénier, Deborah Francois, Jérémie Segard

(2005)  (Belgium/French)  Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne M  A,L,V  Drama  100 mins  Repeat

The Girl on the Train

This film was inspired by an infamous case in 2004 when a young woman told police she had been the victim of a vicious anti-Semitic attack by six African men on a train outside Paris then later recanted and admitted she had made the whole thing up.

Émilie Dequenne, Catherine Deneuve, Michel Blanc

(2009)  (France/French)  Director: André Téchiné
M  S,A,L,V  Drama  110 mins

Read My Lips

Opposites attract when an ex-con hooks up with a naive deaf girl, only to find she can outsmart and outwit even the most hardened of crims. Winner of three Cesars and nominated for six more.

Emmanuelle Devos, Vincent Cassel, Olivier Gourmet

(2001)  (France/French)  Director: Jacques Audiard
MA  V,L,A  Drama  125 mins  Repeat


Nowhere in Africa

Walter and Jettel Redlich and their five-year-old daughter, Regina, are a Jewish family who have fled Nazi Germany and their previously comfortable existence for a remote farm in Kenya. Their new life in Africa proves a difficult change for all except Regina, who finds a friend in Owuor the cook, settles in immediately and feels an affinity with the place. Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2002, this film is based on a true story.

Merab Ninidze, Juliane Köhler, Matthias Habich

(2001)  (Germany/German, Swahili)  Director: Caroline Link
M  S  Drama  145 mins  Repeat  *CC*


An engaging portrait of a middle-class car dealer’s disintegrating personal life. Life in Eastern Germany is not as secure as it used to be, and Willenbrock’s world is unexpectedly turned upside down.

Axel Prahl, Inka Friedrich, Anne Ratte-Polle, Dagmar Manzel

(2004)  (Germany/German)  Director: Andreas Dresen
MA  S,A,V  Drama  115 mins  Repeat



Winner of Berlin’s Golden Bear, this is a gritty, uncompromising contemporary love story. To escape the stringent, ultra-traditional rules of her family, Sibel, an unhappy girl from a German-Turkish background, decides to marry an equally depressed older man for the sake of convenience.

Birol Ünel, Sibel Kekilli

(2003)  (Germany/German, Turkish)  Director: Fatih Akin
MA  V,L,A,D  Drama  125 mins  Repeat


Her Whole Life Ahead of Her

A philosophy-graduate-turned-telemarketer’s life is turned upside down when she meets an impassioned labour union worker and divulges her company’s unfair practices to him. A coming of age tale confronting the harsh reality of the employment world in contemporary Italy.

Isabella Ragonese, Valerio Mastandrea, Sabrina Ferilli, Elio Germano, Massimo Ghini, Micaela Ramazzotti, Valentina Carnelutti

(2008)  (Italy/Italian)  Director: Paolo Virzi M  S,L,D,V,N  Comedy  125 mins  Repeat

The Keys to the House

A surprisingly uplifting and heartwarming drama about a young father who reunites with his handicapped son after 15 years of estrangement.

Kim Rossi Stuart, Charlotte Rampling, Andrea Rossi, Alla Faerovich, Pierfrancesco Favino

(2004)  (Italy/France/Germany/Italian, German)  Director: Gianni Amelio PG  Drama  120 mins  Repeat


Death Note

A law student disillusioned by the justice system gets hold of a mystical notebook that gives him the power to kill simply by writing down the victim’s name. He starts to bring criminals to justice himself by killing them using the notebook. A dark fantasy based on a successful manga series that was a huge box office success in Japan.

Tatsuya Fujiwara, Kenichi Matsuyama, Asaka Seto

(2006)  (Japan/Japanese)  Director: Shusuke Kaneko M  Thriller  140 mins


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