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March 24, 2013

Post This One Onto Your Bucket-List…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I remembered that I once made a post about my love of foreign films and wanted to fill you in about  some of the films I have in my collection.

When I did a search on my blog I was a little shocked that it’s been two years since my last film post: https://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/new-312/.

I’m not going to spoil this movie with a plot summary or details of the best bits because anyone who’s intending to watch this needs to be delighted by these discoveries themselves.

Instead I will just tell you that watching the  film “Il Postino”  is something to put onto your bucket list and see if ever you have the opportunity.

Les fugitifs” of the previous post will always remain an all time favourite but “Il Postino”  is in my top 5, and I think that like the French, some Italian directors have turned distillation of an entire scene into an essential beautiful moment captured by a emotion, a face, a voice or humour into an art form.

Also like the French, I feel they more often credit the audience with the intelligence to use their imaginations and fill in the gaps for things like bedroom scenes.

A discarded stocking on the floor is enough to tell us all we need to know…  we don’t need a graphic guide with the A-Z of events to enlighten us to what’s going on.

Most of all I like the humour, it’s found in the most unlikely of places: little gems sprinkled throughout the movie that  round out and complete the characters, they laugh equally at weaknesses as well as pleasures and you identify with the characters all the more strongly for it.

My recommendation: Find this in your local library, or video shop or where ever you can and discover the joy of this excellent movie.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 18, 2011

The Tragedy and Comedy that is “les fugitifs”…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Once upon a time I worked as a shift worker in New Zealand.

One of my shift co-workers was a fan of art house and foreign films, there was a cinema in the centre of the city that showed these films, short runs, all sorts.

Not just a colleague but also a friend he knew that I sometimes went to see movies there and since I was the only person he knew who was really into these films, (and visa versa) sometimes we would go together.

One evening as our shift rotation started, he came into work, rushed up to me asking me to please go with him to the movies as soon as possible on our next shift evening off… he said he had gone alone to a film the evening before on a whim and I just had to go see this movie before the run ended.

He really wanted to see it again too, so could we go together?

I was intrigued… I said yes, and the evening after our evening shifts ended we went to the movie.

It was in French, subtitles in English provided. The  1986 movie was ” Les Fugitifs”.  The Director is Francis Veber and it stars Gérard Depardieu,  Pierre Richard and Jean Carmet. It was priceless.

We laughed out loud with tears of laughter and at the soppyness  in equal measure and went a further three times together to the same movie.  We would have gone more times but it’s  run in the theater ended before our next rotation of evening shifts did.

I tracked down the Video and played it often, I lent it out to friends and eventually it was at someone else’s place more than at mine. One day I wanted to watch it again and found that I couldn’t remember who I’d lent it to last. I asked around to no avail.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Years passed. I kept looking for another copy of the film without success, then later I didn’t look at all because my financial resources were so low that I barely had any budget for food.  Priorities. But I never forgot.

Eventually my finances improved and I started to track down several movies that had met the same fate as my original of  “les fugitifs “. This one took me the longest to track down.

I couldn’t get hold of another copy locally with English subtitles but since I now speak French this is not an issue.  I suspect that the English subtitle versions are only available in English speaking counties, since I know they exist.

When I finally got it my heart leapt. (Friends may feel free to watch it with me,  but on my sofa, as this copy ain’t going nowhere LOL)

I won’t spoil the story but will say one thing, there is another version (English language) of this film that featured Nick Nolte … I’ve seen it and was disappointed beyond words. The two versions are light years apart.

I don’t know exactly when and how I fell in seriously love with foreign language films, but this was the movie that inspired me to actually collect them over the years.

Every now and again I’d like to tell you about one of  the films in my collection and of this one, I can highly recommend that you seek it out in your local video hire shop if it’s at all possible.

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