Friday, November 2, 2012


Sometimes it's hard to put your finger on exactly why a movie is so good.  And that's the case here with this partially subtitled family drama, Switzerland's submission to the Academy Awards to be considered for Best Foreign Language Film.  Set at a Swiss ski resort, the film focuses on Simon, a 12 year old boy who lives modestly with his older sister, and steals equipment from the rich atop the mountains to pay the bills.  It's a simple premise, and a hard film at times, but it's the characters that make it special.  They're extremely engaging, and when it's over you want more and wish you could spend a little more time with them.  As a bonus, fans of the X-Files will also appreciate a small supporting role by Gillian Anderson.

Grade: A

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