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mitsuko delivers

“First things first, let’s take a nap” says heroine Mitsuko. This is some advice we can really get behind. Whenever situations get to manic in this   Mitsuko, who is a force to be reckoned with, shares this gem. Mitsko Delivers, a Japanese magic realism comedy (yes there is such a thing), debuted at the 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival . Broke and heavily pregnant by a foreigner (African American no less) and alone, Mitsuko returns to the slum she spent some of her childhood in, and meets her first love. While many might turn to wallowing in their own problems, Mitsuko takes it upon herself to solve everyone else’s instead, to great result. The last 10 minutes of this film might be a bit much for those who are not fans of farce, the previous 80 minutes are a delight, especially to hear Mitsuko deliver her signature line. [japan, 2011]

crossing delancey

Amy Irving stars as Izzy, an intellectual-worshipping bookstore clerk who’s Bubby attempts to play matchmaker for her. Despite her protests that matchmaking is not part of her hip Manhattan lifestyle, Izzy agrees to meet the match, who turns out to be the charming and gentle pickle-salesman from across Delancy street. The crux of this sweet little movie is whether Izzy will finally come to her senses and recognize the difference between pompous posers and true love… [us, 1998]

osama

This gritty, realistic, depressing, and thoroughly compelling depiction of the life of women under the Taliban is told through the eyes of a young girl whose mother disguises her as a boy. This disguise is not a ruse to get ahead or get her an education, it is a necessity to survive as the girl lives with her mother and grandmother: none of the three are allowed to work or even go out in public alone. Although the story is harsh, and there is certainly no Hollywood ending, it’s still inspiring for a number of reasons: this is the first feature film filmed in Afganistan after liberation from the Taliban; it’s the first film for writer-director Siddiq Barmak, and first film for former street-urchin Marina Golbarhari. [afganistan, 2003]

emma

Gwyneth Paltrow is note-perfect as the delightful, scheming heroine of this frothy Victorian era classic penned by Jane Austen. Emma’s life consists of cheerily orchestrating the amorous dalliances of her small circle of friends until her own heart is eventually captured by the most handsome cousin on the block. It’s a whole lot of airy chit chat and fluffy romantic intrigue, a comedy of manners about nothing much at all… charming wouldn’t you say? [us/uk, 1996]