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.
The Mole Agent
Date/Location: September 29th, BTS 104, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m.
When 83-year-old Chilean Sergio is sent as an undercover spy to a retirement home to investigate suspected neglect, he learns a deeper lesson on human connection. Through the lens of the hidden camera in his decoy glasses, viewers watch as Sergio struggles to balance his assignment while becoming increasingly involved in the lives of several residents.
Director: Maite Alberdi
Performers: Sergio Chamy, Romulo Aitken, Marta Olivares
We didn't get a James Bond film in 2020, but who needs one when we have Maite Alberdi's charming hybrid drama-documentary. –Tara Brady, Irish Times
Terrific, thought-provoking entertainment. –James Croot, Stuff.co.nz
Maite Alberdi shows us a reality from a point of view that could not be more human. –José Roberto Landaverde, Cine Premiere
What starts as a detective mission quickly turns into a heartfelt treatise on the ways in which our elderly has been systematically forgotten by their children instead. –Jared Mobarak
Date/Location: October 11th, BTS 104, 6:30 p.m.TrailerIMDB 6.9 Stars
After a long and unsuccessful struggle to get pregnant, Satoko and her husband decide to adopt a child. Over the next six years, the middle-class couple and their young son Asato settle into a comfortable, albeit routine, life. The family's orderly existence is shattered by the arrival of Hikari, a young woman claiming to be Asato's biological mother, demanding his return. As tensions mount, Satoko grows more and more emboldened to defend her family. Weaving together multiple timelines and genres with a contemplative pacing and keen sense of place, hallmarks of Kawase's work, TRUE MOTHERS is "is a deeply touching celebration of women who assume duties of love, support and compassion".
Director: Naomi Kawase
Performers: Hiromi Nagasaku, Arata Iura, Aju Makita
An honest and open-hearted exploration of what it takes to be a mom and the decisions you have to make. –Christy Lemire, KPCC-NPR Los Angeles
The pacing is leisurely, but doesn't drag: this is a film which takes its time getting to know the characters and also makes a persuasive case that they are worth knowing. –Wendy Ide, Screen International
There are few films that explore motherhood in such a serious, solid, beautiful way, far from judgements. –Desirée De Fez, Fotogramas
Nagasaku and Makita both deliver moving, thoughtful performances, in a film that questions how you can earn, or lose, the responsibility you have been given. –Ella Kemp, iNews.co.uk
Date/Location: October 18th, ENS 245, 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.TrailerIMDB 6.9 Stars
Cambodia, April 1975. Chou is a young woman whose everyday world is suddenly upended by the arrival of the Khmer Rouge regime. During the chaos of the forced exile from their home, Chou and her husband are separated from their 4-year-old son, who has been sent to an unknown location. As she adapts to her new reality, working in the fields day and night under the careful watch of soldiers and surviving the increasingly grim work camps, Chou remains steadfast in her determination to reunite her family – even if it means risking everything. Funan is a searing and remarkable debut from filmmaker Denis Do, who uses his own family history as inspiration for a thrilling story of love, loss, and enduring hope.
Director: Denis Do
Performers: Bérénice Bejo, Louis Garrel, Colette Kieffer
Luminous and immersive, at times overwhelmingly so, this film is a realist's ode to the hope that remains after one has survived the unimaginable. –Nina Li Coomes, Chicago Reader
"Funan" is a stunning piece of animation in which the beauty of the visuals and the horror of the situation are inextricably intertwined. –Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
No film can capture the extent of what the Cambodian people went through at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, but Do has honored his mother's story in this telling. –Peter Debruge, Variety
Funan is a piercing, personal look at historical events and the overall effects of war, and the medium through which it's told is a surprisingly effective one. –Karen Han, Polygon