Every year, we put together a number of themed Christmas gift sets – all of which come beautifully wrapped in their branded (and scented) tissue paper and elegantly presented in a gift box with the option of a hand written gift note. One of these is our Pyjama & DVD Gift Set which contains all the ingredients for a perfect night in – a beautiful pyjama set, a matching pair of cable knit socks and a great DVD. Take your pick from the following eight movies and treat someone to a gift that really will go on giving.
Café De Flore A pair of intertwined love stories - one set in 1969 Paris between a mother and her Down's Syndrome son, the other between a superstar DJ in modern day Montreal and his new lover. Very powerful and very sad, derived in part from the fact you can see it coming but know there's nothing you or anyone else can do about it. (subtitles)
The Intouchables A massive hit in its native France and based on a true story, this is a comedy about the relationship between a eccentric millionaire and quadriplegic (confined to a wheelchair after a paragliding accident) and the ex-con he employs as his carer. Already signed for a U.S. remake you will find this film charming, uplifting and undemanding. (subtitles)
Argo It’s a little-known fact that Ben Affleck has a degree in Middle Eastern affairs from the University of Vermont. He directed this nail-biting thriller about how the CIA rescued five US diplomats during the Iranian criss, by passing them off as members of a Canadian film crew who were scouting locations for a nonexistent science-fiction film.
A Royal Affair Set in the 18th Century at the Danish court of King Christian VII of Denmark, based on a true story and winner of two Silver Bears at the Berlin Film Festival 2012, A Royal Affair is a stunningly powerful portrait of love, lust and betrayal. Starring one of our all-time-favourite actors, Mads Mikkelsen, this is the perfect excuse for a night in on the sofa. (subtitles)
Open Hearts About the fate of two couples whose lives are inextricably linked when Joachim (the fiance in one couple) is run over by Marie, the wife in the other couple. He is left paralysed by the accident and, bitter at his fate, drives his girlfriend into the arms of her doctor, Marie's husband Niels. Human emotion laid bare and in shades of grey. (subtitles)
Biutiful We’d watch Javier Bardem in just about anything, but pair him with the Mexican director of the wonderful Amores Perros and you know you're in for a treat. In Biutiful, he plays a criminal middleman in the Barcelona underworld trying to look after his kids and do some good in a dark and corrupt world. (subtitles)
The Sea Inside The real-life story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a 30 years campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die. A wonderful film that is funny, moving and beautiful at the same time. And, curiously for a film in which the central character’s greatest wish is to be allowed to die, it is also life-affirming. (subtitles)
Tell No One Pediatrician Alexa Beck misses his beloved wife Margot, who was brutally murdered eight years ago when he was the prime suspect. Years later he is the target of police suspicion when more bodies turn up in the same place. The mystery increases when Alex receives an email showing his wife older and alive. An intense, well-crafted thriller. (subtitles)
I Don’t Know How She Does It Based on the novel by journalist Allison Pearson (which itself originated as a series of weekly columns in The Telegraph), this is a comedy about Kate Reddy who juggles the demands of a high-profile job and mothering two small children. It seems you will either love or loathe this film but it is without doubt undemanding and entertaining!
Cemetary Junction A coming-of age story, set in the 1970s, of three young boys who dream of breaking free from mundane Reading and drift through life fighting, drinking and chasing girls. Freddie is scared of ending up like his working-class dad (played by co-director Ricky Jervais) so gets a white-collar job with Mr Kendrick (Ralph Fiennes). Feel good drama with nostalgic 70s montages.
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