Favorite Foreign Language Movies - Part 2
Wild Strawberries (1957) - Swedish with subtitles ~ 4 stars ~
It has been said that Bergman's works are seldom discussed without mentioning the phrase "existential angst." In this film, Dr. Isak Borg is an elderly doctor and professor in this Ingmar Bergman classic! Dr. Borg sets out on a road trip from Stockholm to Lund University to receive an honorary degree. On his journey he is confronted with flashbacks of his past in the form of dreams, visions, and nightmares. These precipitate his introspection and self-evaluation of his own life as he comes to terms with his own mortality.
Not One Less (1999) Mandarin with subtitles - Another *4 stars* in my book!
A regular teacher of a small school in a rural village must take a leave of absence and the substitute teacher is almost as young as her students! Wei Minzhi is a 13 year old girl with 28 students in her charge. She is warned that she must not like her roster of students decrease and is given a box of chalk with only a piece for each lesson. In order to keep the students in class, she must lock the door and guard it! When one of the students flees for the city, Wei goes on a quest to find him and what entails is much more than mere sentimentality.
Ditto - (200) Korean with subtitles * I rated this 3 stars *
This film actually falls into a relatively new genre in South Korea called "love across time." Combining elements of science fiction/fantasy with melodrama, this movie is about a relationship between two college students who connect through a ham radio transmission one night. When they decide to meet eachother face to face, they discover that they are separated by 21 years!
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