I’m posting these titles because I never heard of them before I found them on Netflix (both available on streaming).
“Sweet Land” — set in 1920 in Minnesota — a “mail order” bride arrives. Really a sweet, tender movie, nice tight dialogue, great acting, interesting story. A congregation, and the pastor of that congregation, have interesting roles that matter to the plot. The cinematography is gorgeous. Loved it. Want to watch it again with my daughters. Made me miss Minnesota’s countryside!
“Arranged” — two young teachers in Brooklyn — one an Orthodox Jew and one a Muslim — discover that they face a similar dilemma — how to deal with their families expectations that they find a spouse through an arranged movie. Great dialogue, great actresses, kind of a fun plot. The principal of the school has an interesting role. This would be a great discussion movie for a youth group. How do you stay true to the faith you grew up in (if you want to) and yet accommodate the reality of living in a different world than the one your parent lives in?
OK — now it’s your turn — any great movies I’ve never heard of?