Tuesday, May 6, 2014
two great films
"Oranges and Sunshine" with Emily Watson. It's "Philomena" from a different angle. If you teared up then, you'll gush at "Oranges." Watson is luminous. From the Flix with a definite recommendation.
I came across this enchanting film while looking up the filmography of Sophie Nélisse who played the young daughter in "The Book Thief." (Emily Watson plays her mother in that one.) "Monsieur Lazhar" is the story of an Algerian man who takes a job as a substitute teacher in a school in Montreal. His life is a wreck, his students' lives are wrecks; their previous teacher committed suicide in her classroom and her body was discovered by one of the students. It is a lovely, tender story of how each ~ the teacher and the students ~ is comforted and restored by the other. Sophie Nélisse is one of his students. Another Flix find with a enthusiastic nod. In French with subtitles.
I also "read" John Grisham's latest, Sycamore Row, using my new, spiffy iPod. What a great idea; put it in my pocket and go take a walk, reading all the way. The plot is typical Grisham; good guys, bad guys, very bad guys, serendipity, and it all ~ or almost all ~ comes out well in the end. In this one, the brilliant Jake Brigance from A Time to Kill, is back on the scene in fine lawyerly style.