The village of Eichwald is tidy, prosperous, and very, very orderly. Nonetheless, in the summer of 1913, someone is pulling a series of bizarre and increasingly dangerous pranks, spreading confusion and fear. Admirers of Michael Haneke's previous films will be unsurprised by the lack of simple explanations. Winner of the Palme d'Or and nominated for an Academy Award, The White Ribbon has an 82 percent rating at Metacritic.
Growing up in postwar France, Maxime has always suspected that his family history is somehow incomplete. A casual conversation with a neighbor one day turns his life upside down; he learns that his last name was changed, that his father was previously married and that he had a brother he never knew. A film by Claude Miller, A Secret was nominated for a number of awards and has a 72 percent rating at Metacritic.
For me, some of the best, most comforting times during cold or rainy evenings have been a series of movie nights watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy!
I prefer to watch the films in order, viewing each part, one at a time…gradually, savoring each scene. In order to get the gestalt of the adventure, I begin with The Fellowship of the Ring and keep going until I have finished watching The Return of the King! All of these epic movies are available at your San José Public Library.
These films are also available in spanish language.
Also, you can read each of the books, also available at your San José Public Library and compare the story line with the film. In this way, you can see the difference between J.R.R. Tolkien’s, Lord of the Rings and the version that Peter Jackson et al. has brought to the big screen.
A young woman moves into an abandoned orphanage, hoping to renovate and reopen the institution. When her son vanishes, she must uncover the secrets of the house to save her family and herself. Part horror film, part psychological drama and political allegory, The Orphanage appeared on a number of top 10 lists, won numerous awards and has a 74 percent rating at Metacritic.
Mr. Fox steals chickens, turkeys, and ducks from three mean and weathly farmers to feed his family. The farmers are not amused. What ensues is an all out war between the farmers and Mr. Fox. Along the way, Mr. Fox meets several other animals that help (and hinder) his fight against the farmers.
A young woman is sent to a small town to teach school for a year. A chance encounter with the father of one of her students exposes repressed emotions neither can afford to indulge in. A contemporary French reworking of a classic British film, Mademoiselle Chambon stars Sandrine Kiberlain and has an 83 percent rating at Metacritic.