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"Amelie" gets a vote from me as does "Serendipity". I also go with "Secret of my Success"

I'll add a vote for "Chocolat"

Can't forget "Big" either. In a similar vein, I have now watched "13 Going on 30" twice (American DVD) showed it to a friend last night and they liked it also.

"Short Circuit" anyone?

"She's all that" still, I'm a Rachael Leigh Cook fan so I am biased. And another of her more obscure titles "Carpool" (got it on a US DVD).

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I recently saw a film by the name of "The Straight Story". Now, being directed by David Lynch, well, I was expecting something else. What I got though was a beautiful experience, a recounting of a true story and one which left me feeling satisfied.

It's a difficult film to explain as little happens, but essentialy it tells the story of an elderly man called Alvin. He lives in a small town with his daughter (Who seems to have mental problems). Anyway, he receoves a telegram telling him his brother is very ill. Alvin Had fallen out with his brother 20 years ago and now feels he doesn't want to die without making amends, so he sets off on a long journey to see his brother. The problem? Alvin can't drive as he's too old, and he's very poor and can't afford the travel expenses. What does he do? He rides a lawnmower in order to do the 350 mile trip, and that's where the meat of the story is.

It's a very satisfying film, and one which left me "content". It's not a happy tale, but for some reason I was just really captivated by it.

Anyway, I advise you guys to check it out.

Have any of you had any similar experiences with certain films which on paper look dreadful but are actualy gems?

Pottering around on the internet, I found this article that reveals a darker undercurrent to the Straight Story. It's an interesting read.

EDIT: It contains Twin Peaks spoilers though, so be warned if you haven't watched that yet.

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I think Zatoichi (2003) sort of qualifies under the stipulations of the OP. On the surface, it's a graphically violent JP samurai film, with dismembered limbs and fountains of blood aplenty. Within though, it's actually a wonderfully whimsical series of character studies, with generous heart, an appreciation for everyday minutiae and an affirming soundtrack.

Definitely a film that makes me smile, for reasons far less bloody than I'd initially hoped it might.

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Pottering around on the internet, I found this article that reveals a darker undercurrent to the Straight Story. It's an interesting read.

EDIT: It contains Twin Peaks spoilers though, so be warned if you haven't watched that yet.

An interesting read. I always thought it was clear the story was about atonement but I never really picked up on those details in the article.

To answer the OP:

A Matter of Life and Death

Amelie

My Neighbour Totoro

The Iron Giant

Dirty Dancing

SPEEEEEEEEEED RACEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER

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SPEEEEEEEEEED RACEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER

I'm going to speak to Astilius and get a word filter added so whenever anyone type Speed Racer it comes out as SPEEEEEEEEEED RACEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER. That sums the film up so perfectly.

Nice Films -

Amelie

Almost Famous

Singles

Say Anything

Trading Places

Secret of My Success

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