This could be just my opionion, but it seems that most Americans like their movies and books to include lots of action and adventure as opposed to European and South American books and movies (those translated into English or have English subtitles, anyway) which center around self-reflection and observing others' behavior. Italian Shoes, translated from Swedish, is beautifully written about one man's self-imposed isolation and his forced return into relating with people. Facing his fears is painful (almost dramatic) but, necessary for filling an obvious void.

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