Saturday, April 19, 2014

Leo's Room (El cuarto de Leo)

Uruguay 2009

Details IMDB

Seen 18 April 2014

Ratings from other sources
IMDB 6.7/10

Leo, a young man coming to terms with his own sexuality, runs into Caro, a primary school friend he fancied when they were kids, who's now trying to ward off her own personal demons

My ratings 7.0/10

My impressions:

A languid pace gives the story time to grow and sink into our consciousness while the subject of same sex attraction is handled gently and with much compassion.

The dilemma faced by the main character might ring true for some in a similar situation. More questions seem to appear as the story continues and answers are not any nearer. Decisions had to be made which leads to further complications.

Whatever the consequences, a choice has to be made in order for some hope of happiness to occur.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Pure (Till det som är vackert)

Sweden 2009

Details wikipedia

Seen 17 April 2014

Ratings from other sources
IMDB 6.410

My ratings 7.0/10

My impressions:

Courage is life's only measure – a constant refrain throughout the story. The main character might be from the wrong side of town but that refrain kept her going despite the odds.

An alcoholic mother is not the best of role models. Life had not been too kind to her. Music came into her life and the world seemed to offer hope at last. But not without some soul searching to realise her dreams. She had to make the effort and courage to change her situation.

Others did not know what she knew.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A little bit of freedom (Kleine Freiheit)

Germany 2003

Details German films

Seen 17 April 2014

Ratings from other sources
IMDB 6.410

The friendship between two teenage boys who are illegal immigrants in Germany

My ratings 7.0/10

My impressions:

Both are looking for a better future but the odds are always stacked against them. Illegals are almost always on the fringes of a community even with the support and help from their friends or family who have the necessary papers.

The Kurdish community with their past history are recreating the same scenario in their adopted country. Those who had betrayed the fighters are also in the same vicinity and there are others who point an accusing finger.

The young boy is caught in an unresolved situation made more difficult by his loyalty and affection for his friend.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Mother (La Mere)

Switzerland 2007

Details magnificent7

Seen 16 April 2014

Ratings from other sources
IMDB 7.3/10

Story of a Russian single mother with nine children.

My ratings 7.0/10

My impressions:

The single mother in this film is not rich. She works hard at a farm providing as best as she can for her family of nine children. Her own childhood was bereft of love and affection. Now with her own brood, she strives to give them that motherly support.

Life seems bleak for such a big family with just enough to live moderately. The children have their fights and fun just like others their age. They may not have the trappings of wealth but they seem a happy lot.

The mother has a soft spot for everyone and is even willing to take on more under her care. Alas, she is only able to do what is within her capabilities. She acknowledges that her years are limited. If and when the mother is no more, a question hangs on the fate of her children.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Conversation Piece (Gruppo di famiglia in un interno)

Italy 1974

Details IMDB

Seen 15 April 2014

Ratings from other sources
IMDB 7.6/10

A retired professor's quiet life is turned upside down when a family rents the apartments upstairs.

My ratings 7.0/10

My impressions:

Money seems to be the key
The power that can be used over others
Even though the one person
That attracts and fascinates
Is the opposite and from
A different background

Intelligent, with his own ideas
The money would just be a tool
The inner self is still the same
The rebel, reformer, against
Injustice and inequality

He has the power
Not wealth or riches
His physical presence, and mind
Is the key that attracts others
Like moths to the light

Changing oneself after the encounter

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Counsellor

USA 2013

Details IMDB

Seen 14 April 2014

Ratings from other sources
IMDB 5.5/10

A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking

My ratings 5.0/10

My impressions:

Once your are involved
The chances of getting out
Is very slim indeed

Caught in between
Through no fault of your own
Except for that big motivating factor

The consequences if the plan goes wrong
Has been told and retold
With warnings subtle and up front

The danger lurks not just for you
But involves others
Whom you love and care
Whom you dream of having a life with

Those in control have a different idea
Since what has happened
Is linked to you

Yes, the so called innocent you


USA 2011

Details IMDB

Seen 13 April 2014

Ratings from other sources
IMDB 7.0/10

When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams

My ratings 7.0/10

My impressions:

Are they birds of a feather?
Both grew up in different environments
One almost human
The other longing for the wild
To be free again

Their adventures, mishaps
The stuff of thrills and spills

Will they succeed and be the beginning
The starting point of future generations
That was the main aim
Of their meeting
To propagate and multiply
To ensure the species will survive
That the species will not end

Will they succeed?

The Story of the Weeping Camel

Mongolia, Germany 2006

Details IMDB

Seen 12 April 2014

Ratings from other sources
IMDB 7.5/10

When a Mongolian nomadic family's newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind

My ratings 8.0/10

My impressions:

A mother rejects her new born
A traumatic experience definitely for both
Mother and child

It was a difficult birth
That might account for the detached feelings
Towards your own flesh and blood
Despite the crying for recognition
From the baby

How long can the baby endure
He is helpless without the mother's care
In the harsh reality of the environment

Others try to persuade
But to no avail
Until the plaintive sounds of the music
And the voice of another mother

Soothes and cajoles

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Time (Shi gan)

South Korea 2006

Details IMDB

Seen 11 April 2014

Ratings from other sources
IMDB 7.3/10

To save her relationship, a woman puts herself through extensive plastic surgery

My ratings 7.5/10

My impressions:

Does a change in physical appearance help
What exactly should be changed

A relationship is fragile
Needs nurture and care
That is certain

Doubts lead to decisions
So appropriate at that point in time
But thinking again
It might not have been a brilliant idea

Where does one go from that point
Change again or try
And recapture the old self

Unfortunately, that is not feasible
What is in the past stays there

The present and future
Brings new experiences