Hello, I'm a native English speaker learning Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese. I need plenty of practice to speak them functionally, so feel free to join me in my journey. Now with the occasional book review.
Literally, “a turn of the screw”.
Idiomatically, una vuelta de tuerca means “a plot twist”.
the Triplets of Belleville is about an elderly woman searching for her son who was kidnapped in the middle of a Tour de France race. It’s largely free of dialogue, but the sound effects and such are wonderful. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature—it lost to Finding Nemo.
A Cat in Paris is about a young girl and her cat who discover mysteries in the course of one night. It was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Rango.
Persepolis is based on an autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi about her early life in Iran. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Ratatouille.
the Illusionist is about an aging magician and an imaginative young girl who form a father/daughter relationship. It was also nominated for a Best Animation Oscar, but lost to Toy Story 3.
The Rabbi’s Cat is a story about a cat who swallows a parrot and gains the ability to speak like a human. It is set in 1920’s Algeria.
Ernest & Celestine is the adorable story about a big bear and a little mouse who forge an unlikely friendship. It was also nominated for an Oscar in Best Animated Picture, but lost to Frozen.
Kirikou and the Sorceress is a story inspired by West African folklore that tells the story of Kirikou, a boy who was born with the ability to walk and talk, who saves his people from an evil witch. The film was popular enough to spawn sequels and a stage adaptation.
A Monster in Paris is a 3D animated musical film that is reaaaaalllly loosely based on the Phantom of the Opera. It’s set in 1910 and is about, surprisingly, a monster that lives in Paris, and his love for a young singer.
The King and the Mockingbird is an 80’s film about a cruel king titled Charles V + III = VIII + VIII = XVI, who is obsessed with a young shepherdess, and whose attempts to capture the young girl are thwarted by a mockingbird whose wife the King had previously killed.
Those are probably the most famous of the feature length animated films.
But the animated short films are just as glorious. Here’s a compilation of a bunch of short films and I can link you to others as well.
Sorry for the long answer but I just really love French animation.
Reblogging over here. French animation tends to do better with diversity than Disney does, hahaha.
I should add “Le Tableau” which is really beautiful, especially if you love art. This movie is highly poetic !
"A château, flowering gardens, a threatening forest, here is what, for mysterious reasons, a Painter has left incomplete. Three kinds of characters live in this painting: the Toupins, who are entirely painted, the Pafinis, who lack a few colors, and the Reufs, who are only sketches. Considering themselves superior, the Toupins take over power, chase the Pafinis from the château, and enslave the Reufs. Convinced that only the Painter can restore harmony by finishing the painting, Ramo, Lola, and Plume decided to go looking for him. Throughout the adventure, questions will follow one after the other: What has become of the Painter? Why did he abandon them? Why did he begin destroying some of his paintings? Will they one day know the Painter’s secret?"
I would highly recommend Ernest & Celestine as the animation is beautiful, the characters are really moving and the story conveys a great message about love, friendship and oppression.
Another thing : have you seen how these amazing movies lost to american big productions ?
Frida Kahlo (via frida-kahlo-love)
Wow La teta asustada/The Milk of Sorrow is really deep 10/10 would recommend.
It came out in 2009. It’s a Peruvian film directed by Claudia Llosa. It centers around an indigenous young woman named Fausta who suffers from deep-seated fears based on her mother’s past rape and abuse. After her mother’s death, she must overcome her fears in order get the money to properly bury her mother in her home village, not in Lima.
It’s visually striking with many recurring symbols. The main character barely speaks, yet her struggle and her thoughts are evident all the same. Strong acting, very strong camerawork, excellent storytelling through actions, not words. Also, unlike your run-of-the-mill Hollywood blockbuster, it prominently features interesting and dynamic female characters of various backgrounds. The story has its basis in Peruvian history, but even without prior knowledge you can understand its message (although I’m definitely going to brush up after seeing this movie.)
This is a thinking film, not a relaxing film.
There’s a mix of Quechua and Spanish, and it’s something of a difficult film, so if you aren’t 100% sure I’d recommend subtitles in Spanish or English depending on your level of study. I watched with English subtitles because it was a public screening and I couldn’t control that, so. Yeah.
Warning: descriptions of rape and abuse, although there is no graphic violence shown on screen.
I hope you guys check it out!
Hoy en las aventuras de español: I understand everything, but when I open my mouth I sound like a train wreck.
I will try again next time even though when I butcher another language I can hear its dying screams. It haunts me.
I just used an Adam Lambert song to do my Spanish homework. I was editing a composition where I tried to say “I know her better than I know myself.” I wrote “conozco a ella mejor que me conozco” and my teacher indicated I needed to add two words between “mejor” and “que,” but I didn’t know what they were. I tried to find the phrase on wordreference and it wasn’t there. So I googled “i know her better than i know myself in spanish” and all it came up with was the song “Better Than I Know Myself” translated into Spanish. Feeling silly as I did so, I opened the video and watched it until I found the desired phrase. “Mejor de lo que me conozco.”