The Kid with a Bike (Le Gamin au Velo)-dir. by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne (Belgium)
This is the one I saw about a month ago. Explores topics like violence/the justification of violence, parenthood/mentorship, and committed love and friendship.The film takes you into the world of the main character, the very frenzied, stubborn, and lonely boy who refuses to part with his bike on his quest to find his father, or just some sort of family and love.
The camera puts you in the boy’s perspective, with lots of tracking shots that involve quick movements and turns, much like the speed and determinedness of the boy. The color red stays with the boy and, through this loud color, makes him stand out from the rest of the characters and the cityscape in which he roams…this style caught my eye the most, I really liked the cinematography.
It’s quite heartwarming, actually. If you’re not willing to see it in theaters, its definitely worth the wait for Netflix (if they actually decide to keep feature films on instant queue *annoyed face*).
This next one I have not yet seen, but I hope I can watch it online soon so I can satisfy my curiosity! I kept hearing about it in film mags and blogs, and it actually looks really interesting! …despite what my friends said. :p
Jiro Dreams of Sushi -dir. by David Gelb (Japan)
Documentary-ish, this film looks at 85-year-old Jiro Ono and his life as a great sushi chef in a Tokyo subway station. His 10-seat, hole-in-the-wall restaurant is where he…dreams of sushi, and creates masterpieces that have caused him to receive 3 Michelin stars, one of the first sushi-only business to have done so.
I haven’t seen it, but I encourage you to, if you can! If you love sushi and/or getting that insider-view on a fascinating man’s life, then go see this! And tell me what you thought. 🙂
Here’s the trailer: