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.
Thursday, September 29, 7:30 and 10:00p.m. BTS 104
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» Rotten Tomatoes (95% fresh)
Eye in the Sky combines and all-star cast with a powerful story ripped out of today’s headlines. British colonel Katherine Powell (Academy Award winner Helen Mirren) is the commander of an international mission to capture lethal terrorists in Kenya. But when Powell finds out the terrorists are planning a suicide bombing, the mission changes from “capture” to “kill.” American drone pilots are brought in, but when a nine-year-old girl is seen on site, American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad) has a crisis of conscience, leading to an international dispute. Also starring Alan Rickman (Harry Potter) and Academy Award nominee Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Eye in the Sky “holds us in a vise and keeps squeezing” (Rolling Stone).
Director: Gavin Hood
Performers: Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Aaron Paul, Barkhad Abdi
It’s a lean, Lumet-like thriller that puts the moral calculus of drone warfare in its crosshairs.
Jake Coyle, Associated Press
Hood keeps the action tense throughout this nail-biter… It offers no easy answers, only difficult questions about following orders and the cost of war.
Adam Graham, Detroit News
Eye in the Sky is disturbing, but it is also balanced and ambivalent about what is right.
Molly Eichel, Philadelphia Inquirer
Watching battle organized at arm's length is a strange and surreal experience, steeped in dread. When Eye in the Sky eventually touches down to put a viewer right into the centre of the action, emotionally speaking, it's a jarring transition.
Liz Braun, Toronto Sun
Eye in the Sky is a taught, thrilling tale of war time morality told with sophistication…
Blake Howard, Graffiti with Punctuation
2016’s first wholly unexpected piece of entertaining brain food.
Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
This tale… wholeheartedly embraces the moral complexities of one of the most divisive issues of modern military combat.
James Mottram, South China Morning Post
Mr. Rickman was never nominated for an Academy Award and it's probably a long shot for a posthumous supporting actor for this film—but his work here is a reminder of what a special talent he possessed.
Richard Roper, Chicago Sun-Times
It's clockwork entertainment, in the end—a precisely calibrated schematic in which every aspect of the ethical quandary balances every other aspect, and the only variable is your own moral compass.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe
Eye in the Sky is refreshing in its lack of a political message.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
This is the kind of intelligent, thought-provoking mainstream film that's in danger of becoming extinct. “Eye in the Sky” is miles above the average multiplex flick.
Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Thursday, October 20, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. BTS 104
» View IMDB Entry (7.3 stars)
» Rotten Tomatoes (88% fresh)
Sweet Bean is about a delicious red bean paste, the sweet heart of the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) sells from his little bakery to a small but loyal clientele. Absorbed in sad memories, Sentaro cooks with skill but little enthusiasm. When seventy-six-year-old Tokue (Kirin Kiki) responds to his ad for an assistant and cheerfully offers to work for a absurdly low wage, Sentaro is skeptical about the eccentric old woman’s ability to endure the long hours. But when she shows up early one morning and reveals to him the secret to creating the perfect sweet bean paste, Sentaro agrees to take her on. With Tokue s new recipe, Sentaro’s business begins to flourish, but Tokue hides a secret that could destroy both her and Sentaro.
Director: Naomi Kawase
Performers: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida
The movie, beautifully shot and acted, earns its ultimate sense of hope by confronting real heartbreak head-on, and with compassion.
Glenn Kenny, New York Times
A subtle treat, Sweet Bean is an unusual and interesting gentle pleasure.
Aine O&rquo;Connor, Sunday Independent (Ireland)
Kawasi builds on the simple metaphorical significance of the set-up to tease out a much deeper and more compassionate study of the way our natural inclination to shun the marginalized in society diminishes us as a whole.
Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
To those who occasionally like their movies to be tender-hearted, Sweet Bean is a miniature treat.
Saskia Baron, The Arts Desk
No pretension or faux-poeticism—just a well-made domestic drama.
David Jenkins, Little White Lies
Ostensibly, a lovingly made study of homemade cooking and old-fashioned values, this beautifully played drama also contains a mordant denunciation of the lack of compassion that shapes Japanese attitudes to social stigma.
David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
If it is possible to be at once clear-eyed and sentimental, Kawase achieves that in this heartbreakingly beautiful film.
Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
An (aka Sweet Bean) starts out as part of a Japanese minigenre of feel-good food movies and gradually turns into something quite different, and very moving.
Hannah Brown, Jerusalem Post
Sweet Bean is a respite from special-effect sodden blockbusters and cookie-cutter dramas and a delightful reminder about life's modest joys.
J.A. Kordosh, Under the Radar
A celebration not just of homemade cooking but of taking your time and doing it right—precisely what the celebrated director does herself.
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
Tuesday, November 1, 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. BTS 104
» View IMDB Entry (7.5 stars)
» Rotten Tomatoes (98% fresh)
Paris. 1941. A family of scientists are on the brink of a powerful discovery when a mysterious force suddenly abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Years later, April carries on her family’s research in secret with her cat, Darwin, but soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy conspiracy and on the run from government agents, bicycle powered airships, and cyborg rat-spies! A rollicking adventure set in an alternate steam-punk universe, April and the Extraordinary World presents a creative narrative with beautiful animation.
Directors: Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci
April is a creative and compelling film set in an alternate historic reality that imagines different results from the Industrial Revolution. It's essentially a steampunk fantasy with subtitles.
Josh Terry, Deseret News
April and the Extraordinary World will have your imagination doing somersaults and cartwheels.
Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
April and the Extraordinary World is a visual delight, an animated French steampunk adventure that is smart, exciting and wonderfully weird.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
A delightfully deranged steampunk adventure.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe
Fun, fast-paced French film d'animation that manages to keep its ideas from getting lost amid the steampunk aesthetics, frequent chases, and occasional explosions.
Matthew Lickona, San Diego Reader
Given how sumptuous the details are in every scene, the alternate universe here, even as far from reality as it is, is conceivably real.
Yip Wai Yee, The Straits Times (Singapore)
Smart, clever, ceaselessly dazzling steampunk, drawn entirely from French visual sources…
Ray Pride, Newcity
April and the Extraordinary World is really, really weird. It's also really, really great.
Bob Grimm, Tucson Weekly
You miss out on this and you miss out on something entirely, amazingly original and jaw-droppingly entertaining. C'est magnifique!
Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
While the film tells a rollicking, sometimes barbed story about oppressive governments, secret labs, selfishness, and the point where science meets ethics, it's the world-building that really delights.
Alison Willmore, Buzzfeed News