After the Golden Globes, I decided to pass up on award shows. I don’t know. This year it was such a disappointing show that I was done. So, to keep busy in between seeing current films and working on my third novel, I watch films. Indie films mostly on Netflix. There are three films I recommend all wonderful, yet sadly overlooked.
Copenhagen: A lovely film about an American/Canadian, William (Gethin Anthony) who goes to Denmark to find his paternal grandfather to let him know his son had died. To his disappointment he makes some tragic discoveries. While pondering over his dilemma, he meets a waitress, Effy (Frederike Dahl Hansen) who is willing to help him translate and get the answers he deserves. The film, although low budget, is one of the most wonderful films I’ve seen in a while.
The Last Weekend is a story about a wealthy Celia Green (Patricia Clarkson) who lives in Lake Tahoe, California – in a very a prestige neighborhood along the lake. She is happily married, although lonely, and at a point in life where she is considering selling the estate. She invites her grown kids to spend the Memorial Day Weekend at the very home so she could tell them. The entire weekend, we get a glimpse of her struggles with her dysfunctional family, ultimately helping her into deciding to move on, and let the place go. A sad tale about real life stories, wonderfully detailed.
Refuge: Rotten Tomatoes gave this film a one star- but I loved it. The thing about simple stories is that, we get a glimpse of how sadly the other half live. Any (Krysten Ritter) the oldest of three is stuck raising her siblings after her parents up and left on vacation ten years ago, and never returned. Her brother had a stroke at a young age, and her sister a typical teenager. One day, she meets Sam (Brian Geraghty) at a bar, and takes him home. The next morning he realizes how much he liked her, and stays, as the story unfolds, we realize he has nowhere else to be and that’s how this story begins.