New foreign language movies (June 2011)

June 30, 2011 at 12:16 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.

Arabic

Paradise Now

The story follows two close friends, Palestinians Said and Khaled, recruited by an extremist group for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. However, things go wrong and both friends must separate at the border. One of them maintains his purpose to carry on the attack to the end, while the other has growing doubts about it. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year in 2006.

(2005) (France/Arabic) Director: Hany Abu-Assad
M A Crime 95 mins Repeat *CC*

French

The Class

With his distinctive teaching style, François has developed an workable approach to his volatile and often inattentive group of students.

(2008) (France/English) Director: Laurent Cantet

A Christmas Tale

The Vuillard family’s shared history of physical and mental illness, estrangement, self-harm and loss doesn’t lend itself to the idea of a cheerful holiday season. But can a Christmas-time reunion, a scheme concocted by three of the youngest family members, finally bring peace to their clan?

(2008) (France/French) Director: Arnaud Desplechin
M A Comedy 160 mins

I Do

Luis is a successful, handsome 40-something who is carefree and single. But his happy existence is threatened when his strong-willed mother and five overbearing sisters decide it’s time for him to marry, setting him up on a seemingly never ending series of blind dates. After a month of this, Luis hatches a scheme: he will find the “perfect woman,” pay her to pose as his fiancee and charm his family, but then jilt him at the altar on their wedding day.

(2007) (France/French) Director: Eric Lartigau
M S,L Comedy 90 mins Repeat

Paris 36

Germain Pigoil, an ageing music hall manager, is charged with murder. His confession is a long flashback to New Year’s Eve, 1935, when he discovers his wife is unfaithful and Galapiat, the local mobster, closes the theatre.

(2008) (France/French) Director: Christophe Barratier
M V Drama 125 mins

Shall We Kiss?

When Gabriel asks Emilie for a kiss goodnight after a dinner together, she refuses, explaining that a single kiss can alter a life.

(2007) (France/English) Director: Emmanuel Mouret

The Wedding Day

A light and lively French comedy based on a well-known stage play about a wedding where most of the guests’ own marriages are rocky. A woman, heartbroken after her boyfriend leaves her, gets together with his best friend and ends up marrying him. They invite friends and family to their wedding, and the best man is none other than the ex-boyfriend.

(2005) France Director: Didier Caron
M L,S Comedy 90 mins Repeat

German

The Edukators

Jan and Peter are two old friends who share a dilapidated flat in Berlin. Unbeknownst to Jule, Peter’s girlfriend, they break into mansions in the city’s wealthy suburbs and rearrange the furniture, leaving behind warnings that the comfortable lives the owners take for granted are under threat.

(2004) (Germany/German) Director: Hans Weingartner
M D,L,S,V Drama 135 mins Repeat

A Friend of Mine

Karl and Hans are two mismatched friends whose only common interest seems to be their love of fast cars. Karl is a serious young insurance executive sent by his boss to drive cars at a car rental agency. Hans befriends and introduces Karl to his world of spontaneity.

(2006) (Germany/German) Director: Sebastian Schipper
M L Comedy 90 mins Repeat

Girls on Top 2

The girls are back. In the bright, breezy sequel to the hugely popular Girls on Top, they’re older, no wiser and looking to move out of home and find an apartment together. As usual, nothing is quite as it seems, and their new boyfriends may just be too good to be true. Riotous and sexy fun.

(2004) (Germany/English) Director: Peter Gersina

Special Escort

Just as funny and a touch more risque than The Full Monty. Debut director Maggie Peren addresses the alienation of the sexes as she tracks a motley crew of modern men who try their hand at setting up a male escort agency.

(2007) (Germany/German) Director: Maggie Peren
M L,S,N Comedy 100 mins Repeat

Spanish

Gordos

Gordos is a dramatic comedy which, through a host of characters trying to lose weight, explores problems that cause us to suffer from emotional overload.
(2009) (Spain/Spanish) Director: Daniel Sánchez Arevalo

MA N,S Comedy 125 mins Repeat

Tear this Heart Out

Set in the 1930s, sexy and vivacious Catalina grows from an innocent girl to being the wife of ruthless general Andres Ascencio who, after becoming governor of the province, sets his eyes on becoming Mexico’s president. Mexico’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2009.

(2008) (Mexico/Spanish) Director: Roberto Sneider
M N,L,S Drama 120 mins

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