The other night Fellow Traveler and I watched Millions, an English film by the director of Trainspotting that was recommended by a RevGalBlogPal. The movie follows the adventure of an imaginative young boy -- the kind of kid who can build a castle from a stack of packing boxes, who's on dropping-in-on terms with the saints he reads about in his Six O'Clock Saints storybook -- who's just experienced the loss of his mother and a move to a new community, who finds himself the sudden possessor of a gym bag filled with English pound notes. The dilemma? The U.K. is switching over to Euros at the start of the new year, and he has very little time before the pound notes become worthless. Is the sudden presence of the bag a miracle? How should he spend the money? Is it wrong to spend it at all? Should he follow his heart or listen to his jaded and acquisitive older brother? It's a very engaging, charming movie that we'd both highly recommend. (And it did rate a wet hankie from me toward the end...with the disclaimer that many, many things can make me cry, including Hallmark Hall of Fame features and those new Pedigree commercials featuring the sad-eyed incarcerated canines and poignant voice-over, "I know that I am a good dog." )
Anyway...we are in the market for recommendations of good films that are uplifting, inspiring, funny, and/or somewhat off the beaten path. Any "small films" aficionados reading this...Netflix-queue suggestions welcome!