It's Thursday, so it's another episode of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks! This was a fun theme with week, especially since I'm all about foreign film. I tried to go a different angle than the norm, especially considering the country in question, but I'll explain in a second.
Today's theme is:
German films are great, but unfortunately the bulk of German films that make it over to these shores or at least get the spotlight shown on them all have a very thick historical angle attached to them. I can't tell you how many German language films I've seen that have something to do with The Holocaust. It's just a given. So, I decided that I wanted to find three films that are German made and yet don't feature that historical stain. I also tried to feature three films that you may not of heard of.
Released back in 2001, this social commentary wrapped up in a warped 'experiment' tells the story of a journalist who goes undercover to document an experiment where men are either placed in a place of extreme power of extreme powerlessness and are forced to coexist with the strictest of environments. What happens next is startling, to say the least. The film was remade in 2010 with Adrian Brody and Forrest Whitaker, but no one saw that movie either.
Relationships can be tough, especially new ones, and when you are just getting to know someone there are times when our own personal demons can start to ware at what we perceive to be right in front of us. Maren Ade's brilliant look at the beginning and end of a relationship within such a tight time frame is so enriching and remarkably poignant.
|When We Leave|
There are certain films that illuminate us sheltered folk to the unfair and unjust treatment that humans, mostly women, suffer in other countries. This is one of those films. It highlights a young mother's struggle to separate from an abusive man only to have her family become consumed with their own honor instead of their daughter's well-being and happiness. The climax is crushing, and Sibel Kekilli's performance is one for the ages.