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Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
A really important film, a must see!
This film shows another side to that which we normally see of Australia. Subconsciously no doubt, it also goes some way to give background to the feelings of some Australians about the British influences on the nation. It's easy to pass judgement whilst watching this film, but do remember that the attitudes of the time are personified in Brannagh's character, who is British.
The film itself is very easy to watch. Aussie friends of mine unwittingly put me off seeing it, saying how sad it made them, and whilst there are many sad moments, it is not violent like Mississippi Burning or Schindler's List, it's much easier to watch somehow, although just as poignant and meaningful.
It's also a heartwarming, fascinating and amazing tale of the endurance, mental and physical of three children, and of course generations of Aboriginal families. Worth a view one evening, certainly.
La nuit américaine (1973)
Interesting, entertaining and enjoyable
I still think it's my favourite of Truffaut's, even though my French teacher rolled his eyes, thinking I could have picked a more obscure choice! The reason why I love it so much, is that it has so much to it. Not only is it a clever tale of a film inside a film, but Truffaut also gives you a view into his own world, as well as those of his actors and crew. Truffaut provides some advice on being a film maker in a friendly manner, and you get the impression that this person is really interested in engaging with the audience in a down to earth manner. There is development and a little explanation of the characters which have appeared in his earlier films, particularly Antoine, of course, which I liked, although it's not completely on a plate of course. All in all, def worth a watch.