the films we love

WE ARE VERY LUCKY to live in Wellington where we have a terrific video store - Aro Street Video. It is a Wellington institution and holds, in our view, the best collection of independent and arthouse films in New Zealand. Most of our favourite films can be found at there. Membership is free. (link to Aro Street Video). And they courier DVDs all around New Zealand!

 

The films listed are ones that have been important to both of us at various times in our lives, and despite the range of countries they come from, regardless of whether they are old or new, they are all concerned with telling compelling stories and creating compelling characters. We have high-lighted the favourites of our favourites!

Adding some stunning new films to our list.

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Do watch the Belgian Dardenne Brothers latest film  - Two Days
One Night
- a terrific and deceptively simple film with the wonderful
Marion Cotillard in the lead. Captures the current mind-set of the
modern western working-class - divided and desperate.
Really
worth taking the time to watch.

 

5 Broken Cameras - doco in the 2012 Wellington Film Festival.
This is the first film that has given us real insight into the daily
lives of Palestinians living under continual Israeli incursions on
their land. The filmmaker bought a home movie camera to
document the life the his youngest son, then a baby - the same
day that Israeli surveyers take his land for new Jewish
settlements. He films it all: the battles, the deaths, his son over
a period of five years.The title? It refers to the cameras that were
destroyed by the Isreali Army over these years.

The Guardian review

 

We have just rewatched Yugoslav director Emir Kusturica's 1985 film When Father was away on Business. Over twenty years since we first saw it, and we were completely blown away by it. Moving, funny, with deeply flawed but extremely likeable characters, terrific music, exquisite composition and scene construction - we were in the hands of a master story-teller as we watched this film.

 

The Band's Visit is our family favourite. We have all watched it many times and still find it utterly
enchanting. More Jarmusch than Jim Jarmusch in its aesthetic, and filled with quiet compassion
and humanity, this is a marvellous, low-key film that is touching, deeply humane and provides an
unusual insight into Israeli/Arab relations that does not fit the usual paradigm. Exquisite
performances and direction. One of the very best. 

 

 

 

 

 

 (Faces/Places) 

Australia / NZ

 

The Men's Group

Cactus

Lantana

Proof

Molokai

Bilbao

Kenny
The Piano
Angel at my Table
Kingpin
Bad Blood

 

 

 

 

UK

 

Secrets & Lies

All or Nothing
Meantime
High Hopes
Another Year
Happy-Go-Lucky

Naked

Life is Sweet
Bread & Roses (Loach)
The Navigators
I, Daniel Blake

Ladybird Ladybird

Riffraff

Raining Stones
Land and Freedom

The Singing Detective
Boys of the Black Stuff

There's only one Jimmy Grimble

The Mother
Priest

In the Name of the Father

Last Resort

The Crying Game

Vera Drake
Locke


 

 

 

 

 

 

USA / Canada

 

Night on Earth

Down by Law

Mystery Train
Stranger than Paradise
Smoke
Slingblade
What's eating Gilbert Grape

Dead Man Walking

The Wedding

Shortcuts
Nashville
Lone Star

Rebel without a Cause
On the Waterfront
Missing
Short Term 12

Paris Texas

The Godfather

Company of Strangers

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

Spirit of the Hive
All about my Mother
Beau Travail
Two Days, One Night
The Educators
Summer Hours
Nosferatu (Kinski)
La Strada
Nights of Cabiria
Rome Open City
The Bicycle Thief

Padre Padrone
Night of the Shooting Stars
Chaos
Three Colours Trilogy 
Rules of the Game
Blame it on Fidel
Marius and Jeanette

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Ponette

The Taste of Others

Look at Me

The Naked Child
Welcome
The Axe
Eden is West

Tickets

400 Blows
Hohenfeuer
Sister

Zorba the Greek
Gadjo Dilo
Latcho Drom

Messidor
Jonas will be 20 in the Year 2000

Kolya

The Stolen Children

La Scorta

White Material

Eva
Madamoiselle Chambon



 

 


 

 

 

Balkan / Eastern

Europe / Russia

 

Go and See
Burnt by the Sun

The stalker

Ivan's Childhood

Andrei Rublev

Before the Rain
Silent Wedding
No Man's Land

Prisoner on the Mountain
Battleship Potemkin
Leviathan

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Latin America

 

The Official Story

Central Station

Behind the Sun 

Motorcycle Diaries

Missing

Los Olvidados

Salt of the Earth

Amazing Grace

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Asia / Middle East

 

The Apu Trilogy
Monsoon Wedding

Salaam Bombay
Earth

Fire

Tokyo Story

Still Walking

Yellow Earth
Red Sorghum

The Band's Visit

The Battle of Algiers
The Herd
The Citadel
The Separation
About Elly

Documentary

 

Operation 8

Sisters-in-Law

Rats in the Rank

Shakespeare Behind Bars

Capturing the Friedmans

The Thin Blue Line

First Contact

Joe Leahy's Neighbours

The Battle of Chile

Harlan County USA

The Gleaners and I

The Biels of Grey Garden

The Choir

The Topp Twins:Untouchable Girls

The Garbage Warrior

The Power of Song
Patu!

5 Broken Cameras
Requiem for the American Dream
Fire at Sea



 

Scandinavia

 

The Celebration
The Idiots
Together
As is is in Heaven
My Life as a Dog
Fanny and Alexander
Borgen (TV)

Noi the Albino

Zero Kelvin

Brothers
Minor Mishaps

Breaking the Waves

Pele the Conquerer

Martin's Story
 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Television series

 

Borgen
Deadwood
Seven Up
The Singing Detective
Treme

 



 

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