Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Namesake & Avenue Montaigne

I saw two good movies this week. I've definitely grown more picky over the years, but it just doesn't seem like the movie selection has been that good for the last few years. Is it just me? I'm excited to be able to share a couple of good ones with you.

The Namesake revolves around the angst between the generations of a family who immigrates from India to the U.S. Not only is there the struggle between the generations of parents and children, but you add the complication of cultural differences between the parents who were raised in India and the two children who are born and raised in the U.S. The movie beautifully portrays the struggle for understanding and acceptance. This movie made me cry which I don't do that often for movies.

Avenue Montaigne wasn't nearly as good as The Namesake, but it deserves an honorable mention. It's basically "a day in the life" of a Parisian actor, musician, art collector, waitress, and others that connect together in the end. The plot was a little slow at times but it tied up nicely in a very sweet little ending.

Both are independent so some of you may have to wait for the DVDs. For those of you in the Bay Area, you can see The Namesake at the Embacadero Theaters and Avenue Montaigne at The Lumiere on California.

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