Netflix* Raves: Aborigines and Trannies

*I actually got these from my local library (my favorite new video store), but they are 100% Netflix-able.

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002).  Three Aboriginal girls are forcibly taken from their families by the government in the 1930s.  The film chronicles their epic journey back home.  Kenneth Branagh is randomly in this as well, which is funny to me because it’s a pretty small part and he’s such a big deal (and such a great Shakespearean actor). 

I’ve said before that I like learning about history through movies (the sensationalism makes it interesting, you know) and this is not only a typical story of the “lost generation” of Aborigines (well, except for the long journey home part), but was written by a woman about her own mother’s experience.  The the making-of documentary is also worth watching.  It shows the director in the process of casting and training three girls to play the leads.  Though it’s their first time acting, they do a very convincing job in the movie.  It’s fascinating to see what their personalities are like off set.  Also interesting to note that the director was looking for Aboriginal girls that white people could “see as their own children.”  I’m not quite sure what to make of that.

Bad Education (2004).  I’ll admit I picked this one up soley because it stars one of the few actors that really does it for me in the hotness department: Gael García Bernal.  Even when he’s rocking a mullet and unflattering 70s/80s garb:

gael mulletAnd even when he’s cross dressing:

gael trannyThe hotness cannot be contained.  I think this might be my favorite of Pedro Almodóvar’s movies, as it’s not needlessly complicated, and no women are objectified.  For some reason the fact that it’s only men that are victimized makes me less inclined to believe thatAlmodóvar is a straight-up misogynist.  I’ve come around on his movies, and want to go back and watch All About My Mother and Talk to Her again.

At any rate, if you can stomach the theme of child molestation by a priest (thankfully it’s all suggested, not acted out), this is a very enjoyable film with lots of excellent eye candy and clever story-within-a-story twists.


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