Thursday, September 14, 2023

Thursday Movie Picks #461: Non-English Language Movies

Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share your movie picks each Thursday. The rules are simple: based on the theme of the week pick three to five movies and tell us why you picked them. For further details and the schedule visit the series main page here.


This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Non-English Language Movies


I’m picking my most recent watches.

The Mad Women’s Ball (2021)
A young woman sees dead people and has kept it a secret from everyone but her brother. However, her secret is eventually found out she is sent to a mental hospital by her father and the movie follows her experience there. I like it; it’s a good drama though of course as expected rather bleak. On the surface, the patients at this hospital are well cared for; they are fed and clean. While some do have some mental conditions the hospital also seems to be a dumping ground for inconvenient women. Women who have done something to displease their family or society, refuse to stay quiet, etc. One can say a stay at a mental hospital is possibly worse than a prison sentence as there is no fixed term. The patients’ length of stay is dependent of the doctors, the longer the stay the more money for the hospital, or how long their families want them out of the way. Then there’s the arrogance of the doctors, their diagnosis are unchallenged and they prescribed various treatments from drugs to other dubious ones like hydrotherapy, electroshock therapy, etc. to the patients where it is seems if a patient was initially committed with a minor condition, she would in the end be worse off in terms of both her physical and mental faculties after being subjected to the numerous ridiculous treatments. Anyway if you like One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest or Stonehearst Asylum I recommend this movie.
God’s Crooked Lines (2022)
A woman checks into a psychiatric hospital as a patient to secretly investigate a patient’s death that is suspected to be murder. I had not been interested in this movie initially due to the title as I had the assumption that it was some faith spiritual type of story. Anyway it’s not. It’s a murder mystery set in a mental hospital and it’s quite a fun one to puzzle out too. If you like Shutter Island and Stonehearst Asylum, I think you’ll like this. This is also written and directed by Oriol Paulo, so if you’ve seen and like his other works like Mirage and The Invisible Guest this is definitely something you’d want to check out.

The Chalk Line (2022)
A couple fosters a non verbal girl they found wandering the roads at night who is afraid of stepping out of the chalk line boundary she draws around herself, while the authorities work to find out who she is in order to return her to her family. This is kinda like one of those creepy children movie where you question if the girl is disturbed or traumatised. Overall a decent mystery with an eerie atmosphere. 

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  1. I like your theme within a theme here and would be interesting in seeing all 3 especially the first one. I had a roommate who was a punker. Her family were very wealthy and big in the Shaw Theatre but he was abusive to her once punching her in the gut. Later her intestine had burst and she almost died. They tried to get her committed to a mental ward because she wore black and had her hair straight up In A Mohawk. She had issues but she was so kind and so sweet. I think of her often.

  2. I'm 0 for 3 on your picks this week. I'll have to look more into them.


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