Foreign Film Friday


I watched three movies this week to share with all of you.

The first, Grimm, is a Dutch film the back cover led me to believe that it was a story about two adults trying to survive when they land in a fairy tale world- kind of an adult Hansel and Gretel. I have no idea what it was, and yes I could see bits of fairy tales in the ‘story’ but it was really weird- and you’ve already seen movies I like so this is saying something.

The plot didn’t make sense. I didn’t like the characters and didn’t care if they lived or died. And it was creepy and not in a fun ‘OH MY GOD what’s behind that door’ way, but in a ‘hey do you think the brother and sister are having sex?’ way. YUCK ;P

My second movie is The Devils Backbone, a Spanish ghost story. It takes place in an orphanage around WWII- we aren’t given a specific date. Carlos comes to the orphanage and quickly finds out about ‘the one who sighs’ the ghost of a young boy who was murdered.

This is a really good ghost story. There were some creepy parts, I jumped at a few places, and was fully involved in the story. Good acting, good plots, nicely filmed, and the kids acting in it were great. I don’t know if I would put it at horror- but if you like murder mystery/ ghost stories then you should watch The Devils Backbone.

I didn’t finish my third pick, and not because it was bad- Jekyll is turning out to be a great show- but it is a 6 hour BBC mini-series and I had to go to bed- but I didn’t want to.

Jekyll is a modern day Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, it is well done and the complicated plot is easy to follow. So far I wouldn’t call it a horror, but it does have a classic ‘monster’ in it. It is suspenseful, intruding, and we always wonder what Mr. Hyde, the darkest part of us, will do next.
It makes me question to what lengths we all go to cage and control our own Mr. Hydes.

As a side note- there are ‘American’ characters in the show- and I love seeing how the British portray Americans and our accents- super fun.

Once I finish it I’ll pop back in and give a full review. But so far I’d say- rent this mini-series.

14 responses »

  1. Ooooh, I’m so glad to hear that you’re liking Jekell! I keep hearing great things about it, and it’s sitting in my Netflix queue, collecting dust… perhaps I’ll check it out over Halloween weekend! I’ve been looking for something fun and sort of scary to watch while I bake yummy things. 😀

  2. I saw “El Espinazo del Diablo” or the devil’s backbone a couple of years ago. It’s a great movie and I absolutely love Federico Luppi, Dr. Casares. Jekyll is also great but I don’t seem to manage to watch a whole episode between classes and my extremely busy “movie and shows to watch online” calender

  3. I saw Grimm and I have to agree with you. I hated the main characters, and felt the story was neither about the original fairy tales, or even likable.

    I’ll have to check out the Spanish movie. It sounds familiar.

    P.S. Best fake American accent ever – Hugh Laurie (House)

  4. Okay, Alica, I have placed Jekyll in my Netflix queue. This series sounds like it would be up my alley. I loved the book Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and my family has been lately enjoying the BBC’s version of Sherlock. Thanks for the heads up!

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