2015 | M | World, Drama
Reviewed by Bre
In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven’t spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what’s dearest to them – their sheep. Continue reading
Review by Virginia
The plot, directed by Ilmar Raag, is simple and engaging. Frida, played by Jeanne Moreau, is an aging Estonian grande dame living a privileged existence in Paris. The film is based around the life of the aging Frida and Anne (Laine Mägi) who moves from Tallinn to take up the challenging role of caring for Frida in Paris.
Frida projects bitterness towards her own lost youth and to all who try to help her, except a much younger ex-lover (Stephane). Frida’s contrary attitude increases when Anne, ‘Une Estonienne a Paris’, is employed by Stephane to care for her.
Anne is a great character and her life story is developed throughout the film.
You enjoy understated charm and the wonderful backdrops of Paris. A real plus is the opportunity to listen to the French language spoken slowly.
Of the honesty depicted by each character as the plot moved towards a predictable conclusion, but with unexpected twists.
Reviewed by Pam
Yes, although a bit harrowing.
Initially it seemed too black and white in relation to domineering/interfering parents and there was not one likeable character or one I could identify with. But as the story progressed, although the people weren’t likeable, they were no longer one dimensional and did show some empathy and compassion for others – just not to those in their immediate circle.
I was interested to know what happened to the son because it seemed things couldn’t possible get worse for him.
…does every person in Romania still smoke?
The Spanish Film Festival recently wrapped up all over the country and Kathie has two more reviews to share with you.
Check out her other reviews from the festival here: Family United (La gran familia española), Three Many Weddings (Tres bodas de más) and Living is Easy with Eyes Closed (Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados).
Reviewed by Kathie.
With overtones of ‘Educating Rita’ which also began as a play dealing with the limitations of traditional education and the nature of personal growth,the Chilean film, ‘The Illiterate’, provides another great role for Paulina Garcia who shone in ‘Gloria’ last year winning herself a big following around the world. This time Garcia plays Ximena, prickly, defensive, complex and extremely wary of anyone who attempts an assault on her illiteracy, of which she is deeply ashamed, though in denial. Buried deep within and covered with emotional callouses is the germ of a very potent motivator which Jackeline, the recently-graduated, passionate young teacher, stumbles on quite accidentally.
As with ‘Educating Rita’, ‘The Illiterate’ has at its core the theme of empowerment through education based on the equality and honesty of both parties to the teaching/learning contract. We are left in no doubt about the size of the learning impediment suffered by a person who arrives at adulthood without the skill of literacy. It is only Jackeline’s passion for her profession that enables her to survive the challenges thrown up by Ximena’s intractable resistance. Forced finally to abandon her preconceived ideas about teaching someone to read and write, Jackeline reaps the rewards of a more authentic engagement with the teaching/learning process.