We gave it a C
Winning the Best Foreign Film Oscar is more likely a mark of heart-on-the-sleeve sensibility than of enduring quality. Last year’s winner, Journey of Hope — about a fleeing Kurdish family illegally crossing the Alps to the promised paradise of Switzerland — has a few affecting sequences (especially one involving a kindly Swiss truck driver), but it’s mostly a familiar, plodding drama of frustration: The family gets taken for all their hard-earned money, the mother breaks her leg, and so on. And the style of the director, Xavier Koller, is, to put it charitably, uncertain. Everything’s so sincere. ”Journey of Hope” is like ”The Sound of Music” in Turkish with no songs.