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‘Chaos’

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I watched this movie on DVD last night. It’s “Run, Lola, Run” in Paris, France, only much better. It starts off with a violent, mysterious scene in the Paris streets, and then tells a story full of twisty, unexpected events, as it becomes clear that an unexpected, out-of-the-blue happening can change your life forever, and therefore that life itself is a series of accidents and reactions to same.

The movie jumps back and forth in time, not jarringly but logically, and builds to a wonderful, satisfying, perfect conclusion. How do people write movies this good, anyhow? In French, with optional English subtitles.

I’ve grown immensely fond lately of films shot in great cities of the world like Paris, movies that take you into the homes and apartments of people who live there, that give you a sense of what it might be like, say, to live in Paris, and feel and be French.

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  • Chris Wilson

    I really loved your description of foreign films and couldn’t agree more. A well-made foreign film – and there are many of them on a yearly basis – transport you to another world, another time, another culture. It’s fascinating, much like going on vacation to a place you’ve never been. British and German films (I know, “Run, Lola, Run” was German) are equally fascinating. When watching a good foreign film, there’s a warm sense of satisfaction from knowing humanity is universal, but there’s also a fascination with viewing new lands and new people……Even the differences in schools and restaurants are interesting…..

    Thanks for the “Chaos” recommendation. I shall rent it soon….