The first was a French film called “A Very Long Engagement” about a girl (Audrey Tatou from Amelie) who goes looking for her fiance, presumed dead during the first world war. As a take on the suffering of the common man during war time, it was lukewarm and bearable. On all other counts, it fared pretty poorly. I’m getting a bit tired of this too-clever-by-half movie making.
The second was About Schmidt, which had a far deeper message but dragged from start to finish and said what it had to very inelegantly. This is the movie Alexander Payne made before ‘Sideways’, so atleast he’s going in the right direction.
Did I mention that 'Sideways’ was just wonderful?