It is thought that a third of the world’s population is now living in lockdown during this coronavirus pandemic, searching for something to do besides follow the news. Here is a selection of shows and films to watch in quarantine that has uplifted our spirits at WEST-The Property Consultancy. ENJOY!!
The Intouchables – French film with subtitles but brilliantly done, funny and moving – had to rent from Amazon, Google or Youtube £2.49 I think but a firm favourite. Omar Sy, Francois Cluzet and Audrey Fleurot (don’t be tempted to settle for the ghastly soul less American re-make ‘The Upside’.
Animal Kingdom – Amazon Prime, Google or Youtube £2.49 – Teenage boy loses his mother to a drug overdose, goes to live with his grandmother and uncles that are involved in some unsavoury and illegal activities. Ben Mendelsohn, Jacki Weaver & Sullivan Stapleton
The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 Amazon, Google, Youtube £2.99 rental. A fast paced comic caper dealing with complicated 20th Century European culture with great style, fabulous editing and wonderful cast. Five Star. Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan and Tony Revolori
Little Women – Amazon/Google/Youtube - £3.49 rental. The Greta Gerwig directed multi oscar winning 2019 feast for the eyes and ears. If you have a teenage daughter then they will be glued to the screen, given the involvement of cool young actor of the moment Timothée Chalamet.
The Hundred-Foot Journey – Amazon Prime £3.49 - A wonderful ‘Sunday afternoon’ film. An Indian family venture to the South of France and set up a rural Indian Restaurant in a group of dilapidated barns opposite a multi Michelin starred restaurant, (100ft across the road), amidst beautiful Provencal scenery. Quite a story unfolds. Helen Mirren is brilliant as the stiff matriarchal head of the swanky restaurant.
Unorthodox - Netflix min series – A girl brought up in a New York Hasidic community runs away to Berlin to find a new freedom. Interesting and moving. Shira Haas, Amit Rahav and Aaron Altaras
Schitt’s Creek – Canadian TV sitcom with dubious title. Netflix – wealthy family lose everything and end up in a town by the name of Schitt’s Creek, their only asset – gets better after first episode. Light entertainment. Eugene Levy, Annie Murphy and Daniel Levy.
Good Girls – American TV drama/sitcom – Netflix – Three housewives rob a supermarket and get deeply involved with serious villains . Maintains the attention for at least half a dozen episodes.
Hidden – A TV serial – BBC iPlayer. dark but intriguing Welsh tale of a kidnap and murder – Sian Reese-Williams, Gwyneth Keyworth and Rhodri Meilir.
Disparue – The Disappearance – BBC iPlayer - a most engaging French serial with subtitles, v well done, gripping – missing person story – Pierre-Francois Martin-Laval, Camille Razat and Alix Poisson
Rebuilding Notre Dame – fascinating documentary on BBC iPlayer about the complicated and intricate task of reconstructing the cathedral after the devastating fire.
60 Days In – Netflix – the documentary series of volunteers being put in US County Jail as ‘undercover’ prisoners to gather info for the Sherrif – edge of seat gripping and ghastly
Gangs of London – Sky Atlantic/Now TV/Digital Spy – very violent and graphic but a gripping account of one Gangs power struggle on the streets of London Joe Cole, Michelle Fairley & Sope Dirisu
When They See Us – Netflix mini series - based on the true story of the Central Park 5, five youngsters th ought to have assaulted a jogger in 1989 in Central Park. The series portrays their individual stories - it’s really harrowing but worth a watch. Michael K Williams, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman and Blair Underwood.
After Life - Netflix – A Ricky Gervais series – a poignant tale of a man coping with the tragic death of his beloved wife, moving and funny but includes some over the top ghastly scenes and some unnecessary language but the gain is probably worth the pain.
Recommended for the football addict..
Sunderland 'Til I Die is a sports documentary series, and documents the events around English football club Sunderland A.F.C. during their 2017–18 season which saw them relegated from the EFL Championship the series would: "...take its audience through the highs and lows of SAFC’s first season in the Championship following its painful relegation the previous year.