Foreign films deserve to be heard in their native language. Aside from the fact that you won't get distracted by voices that don't match facial movement or a vocal tone that seems to be resonating from a different body (which it is), there is a rhythm and cadence to speech that, in any language, adds meaning.
Though you don't understand the words, you'll find yourself grasping intent, need, desire and any number of nuances from delivery. Then consider that these are trained actors you are watching, and give credit to their performances to adjust pronunciation, pitch and tonality to add meaning to their words. All elements that are doomed to be mismatched in a dubbed film. Trust me, you'll get used to reading the text and not miss anything in the story far more quickly than you may think.
Future posts on Moviedozer will feature new foreign films and documentaries. The category we'll spotlight today is Independent limited releases.
A constantly blurring and evolving label, "Independent" reflects films that may be made by a band of renegade film students, a scrappy shoe-string budget start-up, or a billionaire's vanity project in a portfolio of content ownership investments (we're talking about you Mark Cuban). The commonality to all of these sources of Independent films is that they can be hard to see. Seems crazy that entertainment media designed for consumption, and judged as successful or unsuccessful by the numbers of tickets it sells, can be so damn difficult to find in a theater. But unless you have access to LA's or NYC's streets on a regular basis (or a small handful of other international cities), seeking out and appreciating independent film on a real movie theater screen is at best a challenging scavenger hunt. Be forever thankful for the proliferation of home video and digital downloads.
Now and then on the pages of Moviedozer, I'll feature a few independents on the horizon that may or may not be worth finding. Whether at your favorite independent movie house or a more sophisticated multiplex, finding independent releases can also be a true treasure hunt. This will be the first of a series of posts called "Three on the Outside", highlighting three current films that aren't in the mainstream of Hollywood, but offer a hint of potential or stir a bit of curiosity. Here are three that have my attention...
Broadening your exposure to movies you might not usually see can add immensely to understanding and enjoying cinematic art. As in discovering a favorite wine, a willingness to sample the unfamiliar and the hard to find may open doors to movies you might have otherwise missed completely. A shame as there may very well be a few true treasures out there. Let us know if you find one.
All release dates are for the US. Poster art is curtesy of their respective studios with thanks to IMPawards.com.