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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
An excellent film
This movie restored my faith in Hollywood. Almost immediately, you care about the characters and as the movie progresses, the characters become even more endearing. One of the best things about this film is that a highly emotional moment is followed immediately by a hysterical one, giving new life to the cliché, "I laughed, I cried". The contestants are truly frightening and the movie definitely shines a light on the bizarre world of child beauty pageants. There's an interesting irony that tests the idea of whether beauty is on the inside or on the outside as we see "Olive" lined up with 5 other finalists near the end of the film.
Voor een verloren soldaat (1992)
A great film
I will be the first to admit that the subject matter is a bit risqué for the typical American movie goer. However, keep in mind that this is told exclusively from the viewpoint of the child. It is also done in a realistic and yet romantic way. The child is obviously longing for comfort and security, having been removed from the security of his family during WWII. In addition to being placed into a foster home, a pubescent Jeroen finds himself realizing his budding sexuality is that of one who is attracted to the same sex, which also adds to the feelings of loneliness and isolation. This film deals with a difficult topic, but does it in a way that simply tells a story with enormous feeling and sophistication.
It reminds me of being a young man and wondering what it would be like to feel safe and comforted in the arms of someone older with whom I had complete trust and with whom I was enamored.
Not everyone will see it this way - only the pure of heart.