Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' February 10-12

Feb 10, 2017

The film 'Piper,' which started as a R&D project by Pixar, ended up being one of five 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films.
Credit Pixar

If you're wanting to get a jump on Valentine's Day  with a special someone this weekend, look no further. These recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics could be a great date. They also have a few special recommendations  you can check out just in time for the Oscars.

Steve Walker

2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action, Not rated

  • The best of the five are a rhapsodic Swiss film starring Jane Birken, pop icon of London's Swinging Sixties, a timely French entry about an Algerian man’s pre-citizenship interview, and a mini-musical set in a parking garage that shows in fifteen minutes more creativity and inventiveness than in all of La-La Land.

Julieta, R

  • Pedro Almodóvar’s beautiful new film casts Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte in the title role, captured twenty-five years apart, of a free-thinking woman whose daughter severs their relationship out of spiritual conviction.

Elle, R

  • Isabelle Huppert cements her reputation as the most fearless actress working today by playing the CEO of a company specializing in violent video games who exhibits complicated reactions to the man who rapes her and the act itself.

Cynthia Haines

2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated, Not rated

  • If you're a fan of those shorts that used to play before a Pixar movie, the top five 2017 animated shorts are right down your alley. From hilarious to heart warming and even a tad somber, these movies are brief but effective at delivering a message.

2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action, Not rated

  • All five of the 2017 nominated live action shorts are from foreign countries and bring their own culture's flare. For example, the movie "Sing" displays insight into the life of a schoolgirl in Hungary, who must deal with an overly demanding choir instructor.

Julieta, R

  • Director Pedro Almodóvar's 20th feature film is about fate, guilt, and uncertainty. After her daughter abandons her to search for a "spiritual dimension" in life, Julieta moves on and settles down but, thirty years later, her life is derailed by a chance encounter.