Today I’m continuing my Foreign Film Series. As I mentioned last week, my husband and I enjoy watching movies at home every weekend. We always check out the list of Foreign Films either on Netflix or HBOGo. So, I thought it would be a fun way to start off the weekend.
I do want to mention that while I love HBOGo we will be re-evaluating our cable options in the Fall. We may end up with an antenna for local channels and a Roku box (affiliate link) for streaming Netflix. But for now we enjoy getting HBOGo included with our discounted cable service. I actually wish HBO offered this app separately without having to have access to cable just like Netflix or Hulu Plus. I think the app is excellent and they have a nice library of original HBO content and movies that are not available on the HBO channels or on Demand. I would happily pay $8 a month for this app.
Moving on to this weeks Foreign Film, I chose another Academy Award Winner.
This film is from Italy, and won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1990. Italy ranks first among countries that have won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. They just won again this past Sunday for La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty). I cannot wait to check that one out.
Cinema Paradiso (affiliate link) is a sweet film about a boy who loves movies. He spends his days sneaking off to watch movies at the local cinema where he becomes friendly with the projectionist, an older man who in the beginning has very little patience for this young mischievous boy. Eventually the projectionist becomes very fond of his little friend and he shares many stories of life and movies with him.
When the boy becomes a teenager he falls madly in love with a young girl that comes into town but she soon has to leave and the boy is heart-broken. His old buddy advises him that he should go out, see the world and never look back. He wants the young boy to follow his dreams of becoming a film maker and not to get stuck in the small town like the old man did.
This film is funny, endearing and melancholic. A testament of true friendship and unselfishness. I loved it! It is currently available on Netflix and you can watch the trailer on Amazon.com.
Enjoy the film and enjoy your weekend.