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I’m looking for friends who might be interested in getting together regularly to watch modern foreign films, mostly European. That’s what I watch and would like to form a small group of 3 or 4 people to meet about once a week to watch one or two of these gems. Yes, gems. The modern Swedish crime films and TV movies are outstanding. That’s what most of these photos in this ad are from. Example, “The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo” trilogy, the original Swedish films starring Noomi Rapace. She’s the one with the short brown hair here--the pic with the blood on her face and gun in hand is her shooting back after being hit 3 times by the bad guy. Then there’s “Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter.” She’s the feisty short haired blonde who becomes part of the crimes she’s investigating for her newspaper. The beautiful long haired brunet here with the evil look and gold eyes is a hired killer nicknamed “kitten” in one of those films. There’s a picture here of her shooting her accomplishes after having a bullet pulled from her arm. Tough kitten.

There’s a lot to explore, like the hilarious Swedish comedy “The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared;” the gem one critic called the best thing to come out of Sweden since ABBA: “As It Is In Heaven.” How about “Four Minutes” where a 20 year-old concert pianist is in prison for murder, and nearly kills a guard in a fit of anger. This one has one of the most powerful, and satisfying, endings I’ve ever seen in a film.

Then, there’s the Polish artist Krzysztof Kieslowski, possibly the finest film artist ever, and his “Decalogue,” 10 films for Polish TV based on The Ten Commandments, “The Three Colours Trilogy,” and “The Double Life of Veronique.” All films you’ll think about for days. And the cinematography! Note that in some pictures here the characters are back lit, bright light behind them. I love that technique because it breaks with convention.

These are just a few of my recent discoveries--still exploring--but would like someone to share these experiences with. I’m tired of trying to talk to my cats about them--they just yawn. I have a list of my favorite foreign films I would be happy to email to anyone showing many titles and more details about the kinds of films I’m talking about. By the way, the yellow picture is the menu image from the Argentinian crime mystery, "The Secret In Their Eyes." The last two images are from the Swedish film, "Let the Right One In," about a 12 year-old female vampire and her 12 year-old boy friend. When he asks her her age she replies, "I'm 12. I've been 12 a very long time." Great story and a real fresh look at vampires. Again, I think the best films of the last 20 years have come out of Sweden, but then there are the German films "Four Minutes, " and "The Silence," a disturbing crime drama about the murders of 2 young girls, in the same place, in the same manner, on the same date--23 years apart.

May 15th--Just discovered the charming French film, "Amelie" and included some pictures of her here.

And no, I’m not a snob. I loved “Shaun of the Dead,” and all 5 Tremors films!
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