Joelle Havelaar

Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (25 of 27)
Location: UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,860,006 - Total Helpful Votes: 25 of 27
Le Dossier: How to Survive the English! by Sarah Long
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I read this book a few years ago, and got on this page to buy it for a French friend.
I have to say I'm astonished at some of the negative comments I have read. Some readers just didn't get it at all and I understand why.
This book is second or third degree humour! It takes a specific audience to enjoy it, and the title is pretty clear on who the target is: French people living in the UK. I think English people can enjoy it too, but only if they speak good French, and please do not take it seriously.

A lot of the jokes come from play on words and expressions, and if you don't know the French and English meaning, then you can't see why it's funny.
I'll give you one… Read more
World Apart [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] <b>DVD</b> ~ Jodhi May
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I saw this movie only once, in 1988 and never forgot it. This is a deep and meaningful story (a true story if I remember correctly), with outstanding photography, that stand as a testimony of an era: Apartheid.
My English and History teachers thought it was a good movie for a school outing, to raise our awareness of geo-politics, and they couldn't have been more right. I'm French and at the time, I had been learning English for 5 years. My class saw it in the original english version, but that didn't matter; the difficulty of the accent, and therefore reading subtitles took nothing away from its beauty, and its impact.
In 1988, Nelson Mandela was still in prison, and Zola Budd… Read more
Shooting Dogs [DVD] [2006] <b>DVD</b> ~ John Hurt
Shooting Dogs [DVD] [2006] DVD ~ John Hurt
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The beauty of this movie is in its simplicity. initially I found it a bit slow, and disconnected, but it all comes together in the end. The characteres are life-like and not exagerated, unlike what you find in a lot of Hollywood movies. Their emotions, their dilemas, their decisions are very real. No-one is portrayed as evil, or overly good, they are just decent human beings, doing what they can. For example it would have been easy to portray the belgian officer in charge of the UN forces at the school, as a baddy. But instead, we can see what it must have been like for him too, and the constraints that he has to work with. The title of the movie comes clear as an expression of how… Read more

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