Much as we love independent and foreign film here at Christianity Today Movies, there isn't always room on our bill of fare to serve up those off-the-beaten-path movie morsels that sometimes offer more food for the soul than the average commercial flick.

So we're launching "Movie Gourmet," a quarterly article featuring a buffet of smaller films that might premiere at a remote film festival or play in limited release before making their way to random art houses and revival theatres. You know the saying, "Coming soon to a theater near you"—with these flicks, there's no guarantee. But fret not—you'll certainly have access to them on video some day, if not already.

Some films featured in this article may be way off the beaten track—perhaps virtually unseen on big screens in North America, but well worth tracking down for its spiritual and artistic content. With that, here's our first sampling of delectable films with a distinctly spiritual flavor—gourmet fare not likely to be served at your local fast-film franchise, but certain to delight the most discerning cinematic palate.

Our Feature Presentation

Hawaii, Oslo (2004) was a huge hit in its native Norway before being submitted as that country's official entry for the 2005 Academy Awards. It's a kaleidoscopic film that follows a dozen characters whose fates converge on an Oslo street corner one hot summer night.

The intricately constructed narrative draws comparisons to other multi-plot films with morality (or even metaphysics) on their minds, Magnolia and Crash in particular. Doug Cummings notes that "it resembles a companion piece to Kieslowski's The Decalogue compressed into a two hour feature, less notable for its aesthetic innovations than for its ...

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