Maria Full of Grace - the stand-out performance by the lead actress really carried the film. one thing that comes to mind, a delicate balance to control as a filmmaker, is that it was unpretentious. It wasn't full of self-pity and sentimentality, which a story like this could quite easily tread all over. director Joshua Marston did well in presenting desperate choices in desperate situations in a very unosentatious way.
Atanarjuat - written, directed and acted all by Inuits, Atanarjuat brought a beautiful, little known about landscape and traditional story to the big screen for the rest of the world to take in. a particular charm about it was the lack of knowledge we really have about the Inuit culture, and Atanarjuat succeeded in vividly depicting it. However, the film was slow to start and unnecessarily long with a drawn out story.
Look At Me - quirky French drama, although I found it more of a comedy, with incisive wit and a decent script. The whole film though is all about nothing really and too much focus on character development to the extent that you just get fed up with them.
post your thoughts on whatever movies you've seen recently on TV or whatever. the thread's concept was not my idea, by the way.