Monday, June 24, 2013

Movie Monday - 6/24/2013

I only watched three videos in the past week, but they were all good.

Entre Nos is about a family from Columbia who came to the United States in search of a better life.  The film was co-written and co-directed by Paola Mendoza, and it is based on a true story.  Mendoza also stars in the film as Mariana who, along with her two children, joins her husband Antonio in New York City.  One day, Antonio announces that he has found work in Miami and will be relocating there, while Mariana and the kids were to stay in New York until he calls for them.  Soon, it becomes apparent that he has abandoned his family.  Mariana is left to scrape together a living.  The movie is in Spanish, with English subtitles.  I really liked it.

Spike Lee's documentary, 4 Little Girls, is about four children that were murdered in the 1968 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.  Family members of the victims were interviewed.  There was also footage of civil rights demonstrations and events of the time.  The Ku Klux Klan was implicated in the bombing. Robert Edward Chambliss was tried and convicted for his direct involvement.  It was a very moving film.  I really liked it.

In The Intouchables, Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy play a rich quadriplegic (Phillippe) and his conman-turned-helpful-person caregiver (Driss).  It is in French with English subtitles.  Driss has just been released from prison after serving time for robbery.  He needs a signature to prove that he came looking for work and was rejected in order to keep getting welfare.  Phillippe instead hires him to be his caregiver.  Over time, the two become good friends.  The film is based on a true story.  I really liked this one too.

Until next week...

MK out.

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