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A quietly funny gem

January 5th, 2009

We rented a movie I’d never heard of on Saturday — it was called “The Band’s Visit”, and it blew both John and my socks off.

The film is in Hebrew and Arabic (so yes, it’s got subtitles), as well as English. The actors are Israeli and Palestinian, but world issues aren’t at all discussed. The matters at hand are smaller in scale, dynamics between individuals, isolation, misunderstandings… It’s a quiet, unassuming and thoughtful pic that had me laughing out loud in one scene, then tearing up in the next.

Not for folks who need car chases, pumping soundtracks or SNL spin-offs to enjoy a flick.

Now that I think of it, some of the best movies I’ve seen are ones I know nothing about before watching them. Case in point: I went to the Bytowne Theatre in my high school years to see a Chinese movie called “Shanghai Triad”. I went solo, and slowly realized as the theatre filled that there weren’t many other Asians in the crowd. Hmmmm… so I casually strolled out to the lobby to check out the evening line-up, and realized I’d screwed up the times. The show I had come to was “Antonia’s Line”, a very quirky Dutch pic about four generations of women; it was amazing. (And I still haven’t seen Shanghai Triad.)

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  1. January 13th, 2009 at 20:33 | #1

    I just LOVE foreign films, I will definitely check out this one. And thank you again for your comment and the news about being on FB!! :) YAY.

    Have a wonderful night.

    xx

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