Foreign Film Series
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.
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Thursday, February 8, 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. – BTS 104
Goodbye Christopher Robin gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?
Director: Simon Curtis
Performers: Domhnall Gleeson, Margo Robbie, Will Tilston
"Goodbye Christopher Robin digs into the origins and consequences of Milne's mythic Winnie-the-Pooh stories in ways that are charming and ultimately poignant."
– Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Goodbye Christopher Robin is an emotionally layered story about failures in parenting that gave rise to one of our most enduring joys."
– Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
"The movie's focus on the caustic effects of celebrity make this narrative set in the first half of the 20th century particularly relevant for the media-frenzied 21st."
– Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Goodbye Christopher Robin resonates today amid multiple wars and a celebrity culture that skews fame, life, and values. It confronts family schisms. And it reflects on the long and sometimes tortured path to healing the human psyche."
– Robin Wright, New Yorker
Japan / Anime
Thursday, March 1, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. – BTS 104
From director Makoto Shinkai, the innovative mind behind Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second, comes a beautiful masterpiece about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls.The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint.
When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, it dawns on them. They want something more from this connection—a chance to meet, an opportunity to truly know each other. Tugging at the string of fate, they try to find a way to each other. But distance isn’t the only thing keeping them apart. Is their bond strong enough to face the cruel irony of time? Or is their meeting nothing more than a wish upon the stars?
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Performers: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishirai
"With its balance of grounded emotion and wondrous escapism, Your Name should firmly establish Shinkai as an auteur to follow for many years to come."
– David Sims, The Atlantic
"It's only barely a romance, bypassing much of that familiar territory to explore something much more intimate and strange."
– Emily Yoshida, New York Magazine
"First-rate Japanese anime is a taste that anyone can acquire in the time it takes to watch a film like this, and it should confirm Shinkai's reputation to genre-lovers around the world, who know his poetry-inspired The Garden of Words."
– Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
Thursday, March 15, 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. – BTS 104
From filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy) comes the epic action thriller Dunkirk. The story unfolds on land, sea and air. RAF Spitfires engage the enemy in the skies above the Channel, trying to protect the defenseless men below. Meanwhile, hundreds of small boats manned by both military and civilians are mounting a desperate rescue effort, risking their lives in a race against time to save even a fraction of their army.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Performers: Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy
"Masterful visual storytelling on an epic scale."
– Bob Mondello, NPR
"It is hard to imagine a better tribute to this victory of survival than Nolan's spare, stunning, extraordinarily ambitious film."
– Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"Technically awe-inspiring, narratively inventive and thematically complex, Dunkirk reinvigorates its genre with a war movie that is both harrowing and smart."
– Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
"The tension starts from minute one and doesn't let up until the credits roll in "Dunkirk," Christopher Nolan's terse, nerve-jangling WWII drama."
–Sara Stewart, New York Post
"Seldom has a film so eloquently captured the craziness, brutality and arbitrariness of war. "Dunkirk" just might be Nolan's masterpiece."
– Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Dispatch
"You disappear inside of it and it changes you, as all great movies do."
– Moira McDonald, Seattle Times