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Sunday, November 1

Not to be missed

I have scanned the TV guides and there are some movies not to be missed. Or at least, worth checking: tonight, on TVR Cultural. Je vous trouve tres beau,at 23.20; at 21, on Universal Ch, New York New York; on TCM,at 23 Dangerous Liaisons- one of my favourite movies- tomorrow, at 21, on TV 1000, The Virgin Suicide and on Tuesday,at 22, on HBO, Big Love-the first two episodes.

Wednesday, October 21

Amal

Though M. keeps me really busy these days, I managed to watch a special movie. Amal, directed by Richie Mehta, is an amazing story about the richness of a poor life versus the poverty of a rich man. Set in Delhi, India, it depicts the hardships of a rickshaw driver who finds it in his heart to think more about the others than about himself. It can also be seen as a story about He and She though that is not the core element of the picture. It made me think of Slumdog Millionaire where love seems to be the vector of the main character's actions. Amal lacks the glamour and the spectacular of a Hollywood story but this brings more depth to its authenticity. However, both movies are about fate, which turns out to be either benevolent or cruel, actually, rather indifferent. Jamal Malik is a survivor who rises above his own doomed existence whereas Amal is a hero, a good-hearted and genuine character.The thing they have in common is the lack of any mercantile ambitions- one wants to be rich to be close to the woman he loves and make her dreams come true, the other needs no money to reach the heart of Pooja as his honesty and altruism are more than enough.
I was rather surprised to find out that the movie got no special awards- except for the Genie Award for directing- as compared to the Slumdog Millionaire. It is a sensitive, compassionate story that managed to enrich my soul and I gather I was, once again, inspired in choosing the movie.




Tuesday, October 13

Saw the movie, ate the chocolate, got a few thoughts to share

Another rainy day....I got to watch the movie yesterday and I congratulated myself on my instincts. Totally loved it. "I had a farm in Africa..."Gotta love this line, right? Especially in Meryl Streep's Danish accent. What I loved about the movie was the storytelling. I love stories. I was really impressed by the way the love story - Out of Africa -between Karen and Denys was described. She was part of the farm, the house, the books and he was always going somewhere, connecting to the people, a part of the African landscape. Somewhere in the middle, they met and fell in love. The continenet and the music -Mozart- were also awesome. And I liked her, the way she tried to keep her passions to herself and to be reasonable about her feelings. She failed as she wanted to tie Denys to herself but he was as untamed as the African beasts. Some experiences can only be captured for a couple of instances, in your heart, but they enrich your soul in unexpected ways.
I hope there are rainy days somewhere else in the world and you get to stay in, watch a good movie, eat some fine Swiss chocolate and why not, tell me all about it.