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The Foreign Film Series provides the Cedarville community an opportunity to view interesting and challenging films from around the world. The series allows viewers to peer into often unfamiliar cultures through the eyes of the cultures themselves.

Act of Dishonour

Act of Dishonour

Tuesday, January 20, 2015—7:30 and 10:00 p.m. BTS 104

» View IMDB Entry (6.5 stars)

In a land beset by endless strife, nothing must get in the way of the preservation of honor - even if that means sacrificing a loved one. Mena, a young, beautiful bride-to-be, lives in a small, remote village in northern Afghanistan, a harsh landscape that still shimmers with breathtaking colors. Respecting the deeply traditional local customs, she and her fiancé, Rahmat, have little contact yet cherish a special bond. The arrival of a Canadian film crew briefly opens a window on a new world for Mena, a foray beyond the boundaries of convention that leads her inexorably down a dangerous road. Directed by Nelofer Pazira, the star of Mohsen Makhmalbaf's acclaimed Kandahar and co-director of the documentary Return to Kandahar, Act of Dishonour is a compelling drama in which East and West, love and honor, modernity and custom collide with tragic consequences. In this rich microcosm of a fractured society, many stories intertwine, including those of Mejgan, the Afghan-Canadian translator who befriends Mena, and thoughtful Ali, a member of an ethnic minority who wrestles with the prospect of eternal exile from his childhood home. Act of Dishonour shuns easy answers, challenging rigid moral paradigms and preconceptions on both sides of the cultural divide. This eloquent, nuanced portrait of life in Afghanistan is part lament against injustice, part testament to the spirit of a people who have survived decades of war.

Marina Goldahari, Abdul Ghafar Qoutbyar, Massod Serwary, Nelofer Pazira
Director Nelofer Pazira


[T]he combination of ignorance and grinding poverty and the constant, underlying threat of violence [makes] Act of Dishonour is deeply unsettling.
Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
The abhorrent tradition of honor killing in rural Muslim culture are explored with sensitivity.
Leslie Felperin, Variety
The 100 Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey

France, India/Comedy/Drama
Tuesday, February 17, 2015—7:30 and 9:45 p.m. BTS 104

» View IMDB Entry (7.4 stars)
» Rotten Tomatoes (82% fresh)

In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all-out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory's culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan's gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.

Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Minish Dayai, Charlotte Le Bon, Amit Shah
Director Lasse Hallstrom


Mirren's Madame Mallory unctuously oozes her dedication to perfection from every pore -- and it's truly delicious to watch her work her magic up on the screen.
Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times
At its core, The Hundred-Foot Journey is a movie about good food, and one man's passion for cooking.”
Sean Tepper, Globe and Mail
The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises

Tuesday, March 26, 2015—7:00 and 9:45 p.m. BTS 104

» View IMDB Entry (7.9 stars)
» Rotten Tomatoes (89% fresh)

In anime master Hiyayo Miyazaki's last film, The Wind Rises, Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan's plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo.

Short version: Anime master Hiyayo Miyazaki's farewell film. The Wind Rises magically chronicles the life of airplane designer Jiro Horikoshi who seeks to design and build an airplane of great beauty as Japan heads ever closer to war.

Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishikima, Miori Takimoto. Masahiko Nishimura, Mansai Nomura
Director Hayao Miyazaki


The film is one of the most rapturously beautiful that Miyazaki has made, and all the more unsettling because of it.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Sun-Times
The Wind Rises has the sweep and majesty of a Technicolor Hollywood classic.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
In terms of tone, visual beauty, and storytelling, The Wind Rises represents Miyazaki at the apex of his abilities.
James Berardinelli, Reelviews
Reveals itself to be not just a drama about love, romance, aircraft, or war, but a drama of the very essence of humanity: why do we try to live?
Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
If The Wind Rises is Miyazaki's final feature, it marks a suitably rich and strange exit for one of the giants of Japanese cinema.
Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
[M]ature, romantic, grand storytelling.
Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central