What to add to your Netflix queue this month
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As family time, the holidays offer that perfect opportunity to show off your new plasma screen or home theater. To ensure the quality of the movie matches the quality of your system, you should stock up on some outstanding holiday- themed DVDs in advance. Here are three more unexpected titles you may not already have on your roster.
1. Pieces Of April (2003) - Family rebel April (Katie Holmes) is intent on making a full Thanksgiving meal for her visiting family in the cramped Manhattan studio she calls home. On the big day, various obstacles crop up, but April remains determined to pull off the culinary feat, in this charming sleeper about family ties that bind. Patricia Clarkson shines as April’s cancer-stricken Mom.
2. Babette’s Feast (1987, Danish, with English subtitles) - A French woman named Babette (Stephane Audran) moves to Denmark to care for two pious, elderly sisters. When she wins a lottery, Babette selflessly decides to prepare a magnificent feast for her employers and their congregation. It turns out the magic of this meal goes well beyond the food. Don’t miss the old general’s toast that caps this film—a profound stunner!
3. Mostly Martha (2001, German, with English subtitles) - Exacting chef Martha thrives in her well-ordered kitchen, but flounders outside it. When her young niece comes to live with her, Martha feels ill equipped to reach out emotionally. But a free-spirited Italian sous-chef named Mario arrives just in time to thaw some of Martha’s inhibitions, both in and out of the kitchen. A mouthwatering romantic comedy, with heart and humanity—qualities appropriate for any holiday.
// John Farr