Here are a few that I've seen in the last few weeks. Our local library has movies that can be checked out, including a good selection of foreign movies. I also like to browse the FREE movies on my cable network.
"Room" This is a new release and the lead actress (well deserved) won the Academy Award for Best Actress. I was a little apprehensive about seeing this movie because of the premise of the story, but it turned out to be different than what I expected. "Ma" is a young mother who was abducted as a teen. She and her five-year old son live in a shed. The abductor is a shadowy figure (thankfully the filmmaker did not make this a graphic movie). "Ma", whose real name is Joy, has created an imaginary world for her little boy, as he has never been in the outside world. But now he is getting older and she realizes that he is getting smarter and more aware, so she plots an escape from this hell. This could have been a very dark movie, but it is ultimately about love and the resilience of the human spirit.
"Wit" This movie, with Emma Thompson, came out about 15 years ago. It is a stark and real portrayal of a cancer patient. Professor Vivian Bearing speaks to the camera as the intellectual that she is. There is a poignant scene of one of her professors coming to see her in her final days and reading a children's book, "The Runaway Bunny." A caring nurse is played by singer and actress Audra McDonald. "Wit" is based on a Pulitzer-prized play written by a former teacher, the only play that she has written.
"The Boat is Full" Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film in 1981, this is a movie that takes place during World War II. A group of refugees escape to Switzerland and are discovered in a barn by an innkeeper. The innkeeper's wife wants to help them, but her husband wants to turn them into the police as was the law at the time. I don't know if this was a true story or not, but it was more than likely based on true events. At the end of the movie we see the refugees walking across a bridge, not knowing what the future holds. It is only in the postscript that we find out.
"Goodbye Solo" I found this gem of a movie as one of the free Sundance movie offerings on my cable network. This movie is about two different men. Solo is an African cab driver in North Carolina and William is a gruff, elderly white man. William wants to end his life on a certain date and wants Solo to be his driver. He wants to go to Blowing Rock. Solo is charming, optimistic, hopeful and endearing. Solo wants a better life for himself. He used to be a flight attendant and has hopes of leaving his cab driving days for a better future. When he meets William he is intrigued by the private man and seeks to help him, even though the older man doesn't want his help. This is a wonderful movie.
If you have a favorite movie recommendation please feel free to comment. Thanks!