Our Impressions 1. Remember when you get married you get the whole package, the whole bunch of "flowers", some with thorns, some with petals. In this package her / his relatives come for free. You are simply getting married to all of them. They can be French, Australian, and American, white, black; the package can even include your ex... They can be fat, naked, stinky, and excessive, some of them can even try to be seductive, they will try you out and they will push you to your limits. They can smoke pot in front of your neighbour, they can end up in jail and all that jazz... It is like an ultimate test to your Love. Is your Love strong enough to handle that? Let's see...
2. Never lie to your children. You never know what will come out of it one day. But if your in-law is behaving badly just comment openly: "Kids, HE IS AN IDIOT - just take it!"At least they will know that there is a green grass growing in France too.
3. The idea of selling your soul - does it bother you? If not - take a look what can happen if you do not believe that you have a soul and what can happen if you do.
4. The movie starts with a small in-house puppet show. It finishes with the puppet theatre but it includes different characters. We really loved the idea.
5. We also had an argument as Alex was pretty sure that the main character (Mingus, played by Chris Rock) was a little bit over-playing it in some episodes. I really liked his personality in the movie: funny, perfectly performed (especially his tête-à-têtes with Barak Obama). I believe that he was suitable for this role and has done it immaculately well.
6. Above all: the movie is very funny, light and it is good to watch to get you in a holiday mood
7. No more thoughts revealed - we want you to watch the movie and think for yourself...
If you plan to go to Europe in the next couple of months then do not watch this movie. But if you do not plan to leave the wizard of oz happy land - do not worry about it. You will be pleased that you are here and not there. At least this is what the movie tells you: dark colors, depressive atmosphere and revolting drug addicts, unhappy pieces of raw goat meat, sickening prophets, mentally challenged people, continuing religious wars, slavery to its most ugliest expression, disgusting pedophiles, aggressive earth-eaters, filthy perverts, ghosts of the past and Sodom and Gomorra. But surprisingly you take all of these but you do not feel it in the movie... Is the main character a new Shakespearian Hamlet searching for truth till the truth finds him? There are brighter sides of life to see really... But there is no light here, where you go, anywhere, anytime, anyhow... Oh, well, nice moment after all: clean pristine lake in the middle of Greece and naked people swimming and slashing... Is that all?
Some thoughts on the movie... Our deep respect - to the director who filmed such a complicated subject - sex with a disabled person. Speaking about disability is hard subject on its own but when you add such a sensitive aspect of life as sex it becomes double difficult. Have you ever thought about it yourself? I realised that I never did. For me these people were all the same - all I felt was compassion, love and care. But sex? How? How is it possible? It never came to my mind just because I had a formula in it that said: "they never have it so forget about it" and it never came back to my brain. You see only a person who needs your attention: to feed him, to hug him and just to be next to him. How about that?
There was an excellent actors' performance: brilliant indeed and good, exciting and unexpected camera work.
Did we interest you enough to go and see the movie?..
The First Fagin from JIFF
There are four major thoughts that we decided to share with you:
1. It is a very informative and interesting movie from a historical point of view about not that famous convicts. There are lots of facts that we discovered for ourselves related to Australian immigration history and English laws apart from a story of a famous criminal Ikey (Isaac) Solomon.
2. It is very upsetting to watch how the system based on fear and not on love fails when you look at it on the level of an individual: how it produces crooks, alcoholics and destroys families and lives. There is an interesting (but not word to word) quote from the movie – “are you saying that the people in the government who approve the state laws are above these same laws?” – “and would not you agree with that?”
3. The main character Ikey Solomon became a prototype of a famous Charles Dickens hero Oliver Twist: a Jew Fagin. There is also a famous book about the life story of Ikey Solomon. The book is called First Fagin: The True Story of Ikey Solomon by Judith Sackville O'Donnell. There are also a couple of previous screenings like The Potato Factory (2000). No one can tell though what happened in reality and what is true and what is not. For us it is to watch and to feel, to understand and to judge if we choose to, to see and to enjoy the experience.
4. Actors were exceptionally good also.
is very uplifting movie that we watched last night. It is full of great humour, impressive music and bold dancing, hot masseuses, daring spontaneity, fresh air, life changing actions, breathtaking passion and compassion, self growth and self realisation. Amazingly another true story beautifully presented in a format of such light you want to know and see more of it… The movies like that give you so much energy to go on no matter what life circumstances are. It’s not easy to meet your love face to face after 6 months of endless love handwritten letters, it’s not easy to clean after a disabled person, it’s not easy to accept that that you are bored from the top of your head and you still continue doing things that please the others; it’s not easy to paraplane – it is not easy to live for anyone if you do not take life easy... Learning to take it easy is not the skill that you gain through your life but it is the Art of Life Itself. Consider yourself not living and wasting time if you do not enjoy every moment of your life and if you are not happy of what you create. The miserable one complains and desires, stays within the limits and surrenders. The successful one smells the flowers and gathers the fruit. Think twice before you enter the game of living.