The Winnipeg Public Library recently started offering access to a new streaming service for films and documentaries, so I decided to check out this new resource. In addition to documentaries, Kanopy offers a wide selection of international as well as Hollywood movies.
Here are some of my favourite titles so far:
The King’s Choice is a Norwegian film based on the incredible-but-true events surrounding the period of April 9-11, 1940. When Nazi forces invaded Norway, King Haakon VII was faced with an ultimatum: accede to the demand to surrender his country without resistance, or support the continued resistance of his government and escape the country into exile. For two days, the king and his family were pursued by the invading German army through the Norwegian countryside. They shared the fear and uncertainty of their countrymen as their towns and cities experienced a new kind of war and then four years of occupation.
In Manchester By The Sea a depressed man, Lee Chandler, must face his painful past when he reluctantly returns to his Massachusetts hometown after the sudden death of his brother. Upon arrival, he finds that he has been made sole guardian to his teenage nephew. This is a realistic look at the personal cost of guilt with very flawed characters who are struggling with addictions and crushing grief, and yet they must find a way to carry on with the daily tasks and responsibilities of life.