Seven Superior Foreign Films You May Have Missed
“The secret of film is that it’s an illusion.”
I selected seven foreign films that all received excellent reviews. But they weren’t blockbusters and you may have missed one or more of them. And if you have seen any them, they will still thrill you with a second or even a third viewing.
To certify that I am an equal opportunity selector, each film listed is from a different country.
Not One Less
In rural China, the village’s only school teacher must take a month’s leave to care for his ill mother. Nobody in the village is available to…
Jean de Flourette
Jean de Florette is the first of a two-part series adapted from a novel by Marcel Pagnol. The follow up film is Manon of the Springs…
All Is Well
Janne is an unemployed thirty-something publishing professional who encounters an old friend, Robert. He offers her a job…
In 1930s India, eight-year-old Chuyia becomes a widow before she knows what it is to be a child, let alone a wife. In those days, India regarded…
Umberto is an elderly retired civil servant unable to live on his annual pension. He returns one day to his one-room apartment only to be told by the landlady that he’s being evicted…
Kanji Watanabe is a middle-aged civil servant who worked in a dead-end boring job for over 30 years. His wife died and Watanabe now…
The Library Thief
Not to be confused with The Book Thief, a 20th Century Fox film, or with The Library Book” by Susan Orlean. The Library Thief is based on a true story. John Johansson, brilliant but hapless…
Coming Soon, Can’t Wait
Jul 03: Disney+. Original video recording of the Broadway production Hamilton
Aug 21: HBOMax. Chemical Hearts. Emotional coming-of-age story
News & Commentary
“Next year HBO Max will introduce an ad-supported version of the platform.”
–Joe Flint & Lillian Rizzo, The Wall Street Journal
Commentary: Facing enormous costs in acquiring quality content and the growing cut throat competition, subscriber and transactional digital platforms like Netflix, AppleTV+, and Amazon, will be tempted to accept minimal advertising. Netflix currently has around 180 million subscribers. If they sold just two 30-second spots BEFORE the film started, they could probably take in $100 for the minute. If you calculate the average Netflix subscriber probably watches 5 films a year, that adds up to billions of dollars of additional revenue for Netflix, even after splitting a portion with the filmmaker/distributor. I predict this will happen!
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