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Clarisa Moraña  Identity Verified
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Apr 19, 2011

Dear all

I firmly believe in providing education in foreign languages to my children. That's why I've paid privated English courses to my kids in my country, Argentina (or selected a secondary school with good English level, but not a bilingual school), and sent my eldest daughter to France last year to learn French. In January 2012, Andrea, my second daugther (17) will take a five weeks English course in Oxford or Newbury, we have not decided yet.
Meanwhile, I would like Andrea to be familiarized with British culture, and certainly British films are really great for that purpose, and a must see! I'm thinking in films that showcase British culture and life.

My list begans at:

Full Mounty
Billy Elliot
...

Which are the films you would recommend me for her?

Thanks

Clarisa


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patyjs  Identity Verified
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Hi Clarisa, Apr 19, 2011

I'm a bit bogged down at the moment (lucky me!) so I can only offer a very quick suggestion: the Bridget Jones movies come to mind.

I might come up with more later...


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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The Commitments!!! Apr 19, 2011

An absolute must. Although it is set in Dublin... The accent is certainly not the Queen's, but I think she will enjoy the story. Music is also excellent.

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Chris Dawe  Identity Verified
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British 70s Film Apr 19, 2011

Hi Clarisa

Are you interested in introducing her to films from the 1960s and 1970s, or is that going a tad too far back? If you might be, then I can recommend a great many (bearing in ming her age!), to name a few:

Mister Jerico (1969) Comedy
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968) Drama/History
The Tamarind Seed (1974) Drama (Cold War)
Pulp (1972) Comedy
The Far Pavilions (1984) Drama/Romance/History

You can buy all these from amazon.co.uk. They are not at all expensive.
Just to give her a flavour of that period in British Film, whether they may capture her attention, is another matter.

Chris


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DVD regional settings Apr 19, 2011

PS These would be Region 2 DVDs (South America is Region 1, I think). But I think you can change the Regional settings on your player to Region 0, using your remote.

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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Ready for a bit of a battle? Apr 19, 2011

I was also thinking of John Boorman's Excalibur (1981). A bit crude perhaps in the battles, but if that is not a major problem (any terror movie kids can watch these days is infinitely bloodier and disturbing), it is a quite interesting rendering of King Arthur's legend, the Holy Grail, Lancelot...

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Scottish movies Apr 19, 2011

I can think of a few Scottish movies: Trainspotting, Shallow Grave and Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (not as morbid as it sounds, actually a comedy, and set in my native Glasgow!).

Perhaps your daughter would be more interested in watching some UK comedy series such as Little Britain, Nighty Night (very off-the-wall), The Catherine Tate Show, Come Fly with Me, so many to choose from. Learning our sarky sense of humour is very important!

Paul.


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Sonia Hill
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A few more Apr 19, 2011

I agree with patyjs that the Bridget Jones films would be a good choice. Also, how about Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures if she likes comedies.

A good recent film, set amongst the Bangladeshi community in London, is Brick Lane.

If she likes period dramas, then you can't get more English than Jane Austen, so I would really recommend Sense and Sensibility (the version with Emma Thompson) and also films based on books by E.M. Forster, such as Howard's End. The Remains of the Day is a very good film too.



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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Oh yes! Very enlightening!! Apr 19, 2011

Paul Adie wrote:
I can think of a few Scottish movies: Trainspotting...

Oh yes! Nothing speaks better of British culture than seeing people inject themselves drugs in the worst conditions! :-/


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Debbi Steele  Identity Verified
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King's Speech Apr 19, 2011

As another recent one I'd really recommend the King's Speech, although the accents are a bit old-fashioned!

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Sonia Hill
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Morris: a life with bells on Apr 19, 2011

I forgot to mention this film. It's a small independent British film set in my part of the country and it's very funny. Definitely worth watching if you can get hold of it:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Morris-Life-Bells-Derek-Jacobi/dp/B003JMBDDY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1303244789&sr=8-1


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Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
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Oldies but goodies Apr 19, 2011

I think she'd enjoy watching some oldies with Alec Guinness for a little English history:

Our Man in Havana
Kind Hearts and Coronets
The Lavender Hill Mob
The Man in the White Suit
The Ladykillers


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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
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All his work Apr 20, 2011

Well, all Ken Loach's work

"The Wind That Shakes the Barley"
"Carla's Song"
"Land and Freedom"
"Raining Stones"


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Rowan Atkinson :D Apr 20, 2011

Mr Bean
Johnny English
Keeping Mum

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowan_Atkinson


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The Boat that Rocked Apr 20, 2011

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boat_That_Rocked

to pick up informal, very lively language.


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