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Fowler’s Flix 06.21.19: Traveling Abroad, Cinematically

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5,000 years ago, a lone hunter seeks to find the barbarians that killed his family in "Iceman."
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As I’ve stated many times here in the past, whenever the hectic life of being a forty-something American gets to be too much, I always take a trip abroad; but, being a forty-something American, I can’t afford to really travel anywhere. That’s when I unwrap the latest future classics of world cinema and spend the next couple days everywhere from France to…well, this week it’s mostly France. Avec le spectacle!

Not too long ago, scientists discovered a 5,000-plus year old corpse frozen in ice. Who that man was and what he was doing to get stuck is dramatically interpreted in the German-Italian-Austrian co-production Iceman (Film Movement). Shot in an early version of the Rhaetic language with no translation, this prehistoric thriller plays more like an ancient version of Death Wish, as a tribal hunter seeks the barbarians who killed his family. As typical as that sounds, it really is anything but.

Things get somewhat lighter in the recent French period comedy Return of the Hero (Icarus Films) starring Jean Dujardin and Melanie Laurent. In this lighthearted romp, Dujardin is a pompous military Captain who goes off to war, leaving his soon-to-be bride behind. The bride’s sister (Laurent), seeing her sister’s heartbreak, writes letters in his voice to her, but when he returns from the war, something is not quite right; with plenty of slight chuckles, Hero is a film that will make comedy fans—even the French deserters—stand at attention.

Much like Clint Eastwood’s early seventies film The Beguiled, the psycho-sexual French flick The Sower (Film Movement) is a poetically filmed piece of cinema, set in a time where Napoleon has ordered the arrest of all the men in a quiet farming village. The women of the town, each one driven by their own reasons and desires, decide that if a man returns, they will all have him, sharing his husbandly duties with each and every woman. Between passion and jealousy, the film is a beguiling experience, to be sure.

Two more foreign flicks—well, five actually—to bide your time spectacularly with include a French retelling of Don DeLillo’s novella The Body Artist (Film Movement) in the mesmerizing French film Never Ever; a filmmaker (Mathieu Amalric) falls for a young performance artist (Julia Roy) and the stilted past and haunted future she’ll have with him. Additionally, the thrilling TV movies featuring Sara Stein, an Israeli detective working in Berlin, is captured in the four-film set Sara Stein: From Berlin to Tel Aviv (Film Movement).

And, just like that, here I am, back in America. Hopefully, I’ll see you again soon, not-America.

In several weeks: Back in time to the Seventies…

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Louis Fowler

Güicho. Gadfly. Chicano. Choctaw. Cristero. Freelancer. Leftist. Activist. Vilified. PKD....

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