Old people are strange: they do not care about what they say, what they are and what they do anymore as their final destination is just around the corner. Women flirt and discuss their sexuality and men while they might have troubles shampooing their bold scalps still chase young girls and ask younger blocks to get them prescriptions for Viagra pills. They prepare their souls to depart from this world and there is no hesitation in doing that, they argue about their past sins, they like to see young and naked bodies, they like wine and salami despite any heart or stomach problems. Their dreams are simple – they want to see more of their children and grandchildren happy faces and they will do anything to achieve these joyful moments. And when aging people are gone – no hard feelings please… Just some sparks of light and bubbly champagne. Pierre Richard, Geraldine Chaplin and Jane Fonda’s acting art is outstanding: ever entertaining Pierre is philosophying his life through, Geraldine’s sad eyes and her dad’s famous sentimental glance inside your soul is beyond any description and Jane‘s inner power is seen through her every move and her every word. Back to the movie though… What is fancy looking on the outside might not be as lovely on the inside – there is suffering and ridiculous situations happening inside the old peoples’ homes, we all know that. But what if all friends lived together? Hm?
Sometimes words pronounced at a wrong time in a wrong place to a wrong people can lead people to suicide. But it is all about forgiving yourself, isn't it? When you confess you ask for forgiveness. Confession can ease your soul and bring peace to you and to the people around you. This part was about students. The movie also shows some awkward situations that may arise between parents and teachers, teachers and students and colleagues at work. This movie will also show you some aspects of political immigration and how sometimes people are treated and judged unequally and unfair. But the end is always - a surprise... We loved the movie neglecting it was a bit frustrating to watch in some parts.
Israeli Film Festival, Melbourne. Invisible (Lo Roim Alaich)
The AICE Israeli Film Festival is spreading its wings in 2012, taking the best of Israeli cinema across Australia to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Produced by Palace Cinemas and the Australia Israel Cultural Exchange the ninth AICE Israeli Film Festival will screen more films over more days than even before, with an expanded program of some of the best Israeli films from the last twelve months.
The program can be found via Palace Cinemas website. Our friends at Miranda Brown Publicity are indly giving us a double pass to see the movie called Invisible (Lo Roim Alaich) staring Evgenia Dodina, Ronit Elkabetz, Gil Frank directed by Michal Aviad this Friday night. There will be a QA session after the movie. Information about the movie can be found via Palace Cinemas website. Movie trailer:
As a return of favour we are happy to write and publish a short movie review for all our Club guests and members to view.
It's about injustice, strength, emotions, painful memories of the past, the "ifs" of what would the person be if something did not happen, dealing with the reality, accepting yourself and finally - release of thoughts and freedom. Oh how wonderful it would be if everyone was kind to each other on this Earth! Powerful but gentle movie, great director and very unusual but fitting the movie mood camera work and brilliant actors' performance! We are very grateful to MBPublicity, FILMINK, Palace Cinemas and organisers of Israeli Film Festival in Australia for a wonderful treat...
A triumph of fantasy, absurd and uncommon sense, this movie should be on your kids-b-able-to-reach-any-time-DVDs-shelves together with Harry Potter, Adams Family and Amelie. It's a fantasy world turned into reality and reality placed upside down. Brilliant art piece full of eccentric Universe perceptions, 12-year-old's true and innocent love that scares to survive among yellow scouts' ties, hierarchy, stupid badges and other meaningless attributes on one side and on the other side - with secret letters exchange, strong but still shy emotional connection and a sudden escape will make you - to remember your rebelling teen-hood and your kids - to fall in love with the romantic movie story. To add to the sensation of the past the movie is shot on warm, grainy slightly faded film to look like we are still in 60s. The adults' relationship are embarrassing but lightly taken as there no serious violence or any obvious scandals.
There is no such family that would not go through troubles. They could be troubles of any kind: financial, sexual, spiritual, social, kids-related, parents-related, small and big, ugly and very ugly and many many others - the list could go on and on. But the matter is not in troubles but in how you look at them and who you become after they are gone: have you become a better person, have you grown up, have your relationship evolve and made you look at your self at a different angle, have you become stronger,were you ready to work on yourself; have you learnt more about thyself and about the world around you, are you ready for a better life, are you better connected now, is the spirit visiable from your eyes - does your soul shine through now, are you ready to forget your own pride for another person or did the troubles limit you, did they make your life a burden for you, did they make you misarable and small? The movie is a real materpiece - deep, gently and intelligently made it makes you laugh, makes you think about different situations in life and it already made us better after we watched it... It is suitable not for couples only - singles will benefit from it alot too...
When politicians play games, and I mean big games, like wars there is one and only one to suffer - people, especially kids. They are the lowest figures in this clever playing chess game as they get squeezed, get isolated like small eels begging for life sentence, caught in the bucket with no way to escape, no air to breath, squashed between powers that control and rule them, the powers that make decisions for them: to stay on the hook, to live, to suffer or to die; the powers that do not build but destroy; the powers that create ugliness instead of love and beauty.
There are more thoughts that came up into my mind during watching this movie today: kids and teenagers are brainwashed by their parents, by the laws and morals of the society and by the system they live in. They all want to be different: but their difference is not based on the true values like creativity, passion and soul expressions through art. On the contrary: their parents never teach them who they are.. They believe that they are Germans, Russians, Americans, Polish, Jews, French, black, white, tall, fat, rich, poor, smart, stupid, born in special geographical region - it's all fake identities created by the society and authorities to separate people, us, to make them/us think that they/we are more important and better than the others.
You are not defined by this. Your true identity is rather defined by your actions/feelings/thoughts and how yo express yourself, your soul in this world.
Do you feel compassion towards those who did not have dinner today? What do you ache for? What do you dream about? Is your ego stronger than you true self - your/our spirit? Would you risk your life for me? What would you do to stay alive? What is the most important thing in your life? What are your fears? How do you feel my pain? How are you true to yourself? What is that defines 'humanity' in you? How do you survive the grief and loss of your closest person? And - what does not matter to you? What do you feel when you face YOURSELF?
This is a beautifully, amazingly done movie. Some small episodes about the porcelain dear that I wanted to write about here too, but I thought my review would be too long...
To add to the above mentioned: my heart flew away when I saw the grass, the forests, the fish - all nature pictures that are so dear to me... Some of the movie scenes are shot more like dreams - so real and so mysterious... no, it's very hard to explain... just feelings everywhere... (Where did this forest come from? Is there such pristine places on our Planet?} But that beautiful Nature stays like a naked fairy in contrast with the dirty war with its life insignificance and nonsense of existence.
Well, but the triumph of survival brings some other stories alive, and they are more painful... and the porcelain dear get destroyed like a broken heart.
100% worth watching movie - not once but may be twice or even three times to see and remember every small and significant detail, every strong message...
Just also wanted to add here that we are very grateful to Transmission Film company for giving our Club so many double passes to watch this movie. I hope all our guests and members will enjoy it too.
The words… It’s a story within a story within a story. You do not know what is fiction and what is reality there. Your fiction can become your reality and the reality can turn into a marvelous book of fiction. But words… They can destroy you, they can expand your word and make it richer, they can bewitch and betray you, they can change your whole life flow… or they can set you free.
The choices… They change our life patterns and the colors of that gobelin of your life. You change only one stich and the whole picture transforms into the colors that you might like or you do not like. But either way it is yours already and what is taken cannot be reversed. What would you choose if you were given an opportunity to become a world famous writer but using someone else’s work, signing your name under it? What would be your choice? What would you choose to tell your wife: truth, reality or lie and fiction? If were a liar’s wife would you chose to change your luxury life in exchange of the truth or would you rather sink with him and choose honesty and dignity? What would you do if your work was used by someone else and published without your permission? What are your life choices?
To be honest I was not 100% impressed by the level of acting: some of the movie episodes seemed a bit fake, a bit weak and a bit unfinished for me.