'An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker' is beautifully filmed, but I found the film somewhat slow paced and the acting a little bland. The movie depicts the life of a Roma family. The mother cooks, cleans, and tends to their two hyperactive kids, while her husband picks up scrap metal from abandoned cars and junkyards. A hard life that gets worse when the wife falls ill and needs an expensive operation to survive. They can't afford the operation and a frantic search for money ensues. Dramatic, to say the least, but the non-professional actors re-enacting bits of their own life, seemed somewhat camera-shy and unable to conjure the emotions they must have felt going through the ordeal the first time.
The third and final movie we got to see was 'The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet', by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who also directed Amélie. Knowing this, I probably was biased before I even went to see this movie, but it did not disappoint. I laughed, I cried, I want to see it again. It's a story about a brilliant young boy, leaving his family to pick up a science award in Washington, DC. It's kind of Amélie meets Moonrise Kingdom. Full of beautiful colors, animations, jokes, and images. A feast for the eye.