Film Team Recommendations: May 27, 2020

Unexpected Friendships, GCIFF Film Team

My Afternoons with Margueritte (Available on Amazon Prime)

This French film is a heartwarming tale about the story of life’s random encounters. In a small French town, Germain (played by Gérard Depardieu) a nearly illiterate man in his 50’s takes a walk to the park one day and happens to sit beside Margueritte(Gisèle Casadesus), a little old lady who is reading excerpts from her novel aloud. She’s articulate, highly intelligent and frail. Germain is lured by Margueritte’s passion for life and the magic of literature from which he has always felt excluded. Afternoons spent reading aloud on their favorite bench transform their lives and start them both on a new journey — to literacy and respect for Germain, and to the deepest friendship for Margueritte. Rated R.


Green Book (Available on Showtime- 30 day free trial)

Dr. Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist, who is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation. Starring Viggo Mortenson and Mahershala Ali. Rated PG-13.


My Life as a Dog (Available on Amazon Prime)

A twelve-year-old from a working-class family is sent to live with his uncle in a country village when his mother falls ill. There, with the help of the warm-hearted eccentrics who populate the town, the boy finds both refuge from his misfortunes and unexpected adventures. My Life as a Dog is based on the autobiographical novel by Reidar Jonsson -English Subtitles. Rated PG-13.


Lost in Translation (Available on Amazon Prime)

A lonely, aging movie star named Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and a conflicted newlywed, Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), meet in Tokyo. Bob is there to film a Japanese whiskey commercial; Charlotte is accompanying her celebrity-photographer husband. Strangers in a foreign land, the two find escape, distraction and understanding amidst the bright Tokyo lights after a chance meeting in the quiet lull of the hotel bar. They form a bond that is as unlikely as it is heartfelt and meaningful. Rated R.