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Rabbit-proof Fence (Australia, 2002) “Visually beautiful and well-acted, Rabbit-Proof Fence tells a compelling true-life story”. I loved the kids in this gfilm, the Australian outback and the symbolism of that darned fence. 86% liked it. Nominated for the Golden Globe
The Strength of Water is Kiwi film which was very well regarded but didn't get a lot of attention. The Herald Sun in Australia noted: "The Acting, cinematography and a beautiful array of stunning open-air locations are all worth the price of admission." It is set in the Hokianga and tells the story of a small town pulled apart - but no spoiler alerts. The Dominion reviewer wrote "The Strength of Water is a terrific wee film, it may never get the exposure or international kudos of Whale Rider - with which it is going to be endlessly and pointlessly compared - but I liked it a great deal. Do go and see it". Exactly our sort of film.
Entre Nous was nominated for the best foreign language film for the Academy Awards in 1983. It didn't win, but a reviewer wrote: "In 1983, we debated: Is the film feminist? Are the women lesbians? All relevant questions. But the movie is so well-acted by Miou-Miou and Isabelle Huppert, so moving, and so personal, it's a highlight of 80s French cinema."
This film won the best foreign language film at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Award for best film. It is set in the late '80s when the Soviet block is starting to disintegrate. It is a poignant story of people trying to get to (West) Germany and the emotional effects on families and individuals. The film received critical acclaim (92% of people liked it on the Rotten Tomato audience score) but was one of those movies that didn't get a lot of attention beyond Europe. Hence we are showing it.