One Day More - Il Giorno In Più (from Italian Film Festival 2012)
The main idea of the movie is about finding your True Love. There are no straight roads in this journey. Sometimes you do not know which road will lead you to it. There can be a number of negative events in your life (your car keys get lost and you need to use public transport). But you never know what Universe prepares for you. You simply do not know what can happen next as it can bring you love and happiness.
You should find your only one, your soul mate. Sometimes you need to get prepared to change your inner world for this, sacrifice something, and take risks. Sometimes true relationship requires actions and your will not to give up according to the circumstances.
Sometimes the message lost but needed to find its addressee can travel through the whole country to fulfill its purpose. Magic happens. We proved it. No matter what if there is love that leads your message it will be in the right hands and it will reach its destination.
When you start helping others it comes back to you in the most profound way. You should help genuinely not expecting anything in return and the hearts of the other people will open up and magic will happen one day once again.
Sometimes your friends gifts can be a horrible burden so gift wisely, give something that your friends need not something that you like yourself. Sometimes people that disturbed you and made your life not so pleasant can be a blessing in your life as they are there for some wise purpose and they act according to the higher plan: one day they tell you exactly what you need to hear - it can be a message of encouraging or an idea that will change your life for better.
One day more, one day less - what is the difference? There is a difference! Sometimes small intention is enough to move huge mountains away from your road. Sometimes one day is enough to make a difference.
Never lie. All lies come on the surface one day and they will turn against you.
Dream! The more daring your dream is the more you get from your reality. Dream and create. Dream that you are already with the perfect girl in your life, tell it your friends, and invent her and situations around your life with her. One day she will become a reality. You create your world and you manifest all the events in your world.
Never approach a person as a client, always act as if he/she is your close friend. He/she will turn into your client because of that on the other way around.
We thought that from the first glance the movie was too simple, to straight forward.... but never underestimate an artist: what seems simple later turns into a talent and deep complexity.
Sharqiya from Jewish International Film Festival, JIFF, Melbourne November 7-25 at Classic Cinemas Elsternwick
On survival. If you ever saw Bedouins living in Israel in the Israeli stone desert that is open to all cruel winds and all the heat and sun in the world you will understand what I mean when I say: survival adjustment of these people is impressive. They live inside the unsolid tents, sheds and shaky constructions of any kind. They have basics to live with: coffee, food, a mat to sleep on, five or six goats, a couple of rugs and an electricity unit run on petrol in in the middle of the desert. They have done this for generations and the survival mechanisms are already there in their blood. They get used to anything no matter how rough life treats them.
On technology. There is an obvious difference you can notice in the level of technology: comfortable buses and highly advanced robots; the robots that illuminate the terrorist bombs in one millisecond, in a blink of an eye – the operations so very usual for Israel and the country security day to day work. You can see primitive level of life though everywhere on the other side: tractors to get the water from the well pumps, hand operated petrol run electricity units, broken old TVs and no basic things that we consider comfortable in our daily life and that we take for granted – like showers and clean beds.
On politics. It is not understood by us well enough to comment but we still do not get how can the people be forced away from the land of their ancestors and let out with all their belongings – a couple of old sacks - on the street (no, not streets, under the sun and harsh winds of the unmerciful desert). We also believe that authorities understand that they are doing wrong as they are happy to pay compensation: not that it helps as the family is not giving up the land of their grand-parents. It is also ridiculous to observe a fully equipped army of military and police head by an official representative sent to the sheds of innocent and humble people and destroying their dwellings right in front of their the owners’ eyes.
In and Out. It is very complicated to observe a person who works “in the system” (as a security guard keeping the system safe) and he lives the way “out of the system”, not against it but OUT of the social life getting uninvolved. We will not be able to understand these people no matter how hard we try.
General. The end of the movie is not promising either and it leaves out some unanswered questions and there are lots of uncertainties in the movie similar to this: an empty and open road and where to go now? We hope that what happened in the movie does not happen in real life but this is not true on many levels. The inability to control some nations drives some authorities mad. This is right as they need money and taxes and many other things… But the main thing is they need to control you and the need your power and your energy to be slaved and sacrificed for the system because it is the way the Matrix is. There are no ways to find a freedom… no escape in this game… or may be not?
To add more to that, we were kindly invited to the opening ceremony of the upcoming JIF Festival. Apparently the Festival s have been run in Australia for the last 23 years and if they are considered less sexy than Italian or French this is definitely not true. The opening night was a real delight at Classic Cinemas Elsternwick. “After Tears” restaurant (a “sister” or “daughter “venue of Borsch Vodka and Tears on Chapel Street wisely run by the same owner from my observation) that neighbouring the theatre opened its doors and spoiled the media guests and VIPs with delicious pirozhki, dips, zakuski, red caviar, astonishing drinks and much much more. It was very appropriate as the restaurant serves Jewish food dishes (including kosher food) and it is marvelous.
Main characters, observations and mistakes.
Heathcliff. "I kept going only because of you..." but when you started something anew never look back and never come back to your past - you can destroy love and lives of others.
Young Heathcliff. Amazing zen observer: hiding the emotions or not having them at all is the way of truth Young Catherine Earnshaw. Lightheaded but kind and passionate girl.
Catherine Earnshaw. When you made your mind and made certain life choices never look back, never doubt your original decision because it is the right one for you, never regret as you start living half life. You are sure you are in love - then love and live it in the fullest.
Isabella Linton. Be responsible for your actions. Never fall in love with the person whom you will not have even a slight chance to be with. Why people chose to be unhappy? Only because they want to and only because they like it as they like suffering.Never comment on someone else's relationship. Even one unthinkable word can destroy you and the others.
Hindley Earnshaw. If you have anger it will get you one day, it will fire back at you. There is no escape from yourself. You can go to the church and pray for your sins but your faith is in your hands always. What you create (does not matter what other people's choices around you are) will become your destiny.
Mr. Earnshaw. Your own cruelty will be seeded and grown through your children, they will collect the crops.
General comment: the movie is made through the eyes of the main character, Heathcliff: dark, grey and uncertain when he is young and colorful and clear when we see his evolvement. Movie colors, natural country life, rolling meadows of Britain outskirts and camera work, pristine Nature are shown in the most remarkable and breathtaking way...
Six Million and One (JIFF, November 2012)
This documentary will be very interesting to watch to those of you whose relatives, parents survived Nazi's concentration camps or those of you who are interested in history of WWII and sensitive survival stories of those who managed to escape the concentration camps. WWII touched all of us in different way: some of us lost their families to it. To see it through the eyes of four people: three Jewish bothers and one sister whose father went through nasty experiences and left a diary that was found after his funeral, you should see the movie. Very complex characters and very touching story indeed. It's had to rate it though, so we left it open to your opinion.
Welcome Dr Theodor Hertzl, or how he was called a century ago - King of the Jews! The movie is about the history of a man whose idea got materialised into creation of the State that we all know today as State of Israel. It was another unknown page of history opened for us: now we know what one-man-power can do although his life and his family wellbeing were all on the plate.
We thought that we will share just a couple of thoughts that struck us.
It was never a secret that anti-Semitism in Russia was a very common aspect of life: I was abused as a child at the kindergarten by our supervisors (the children were way too small to understand) and later on - at school by my school-mates. At Uni we all learnt how to hide our nationalities and even officially the University allowed only 2% of Jews at Maths and Applied Maths Departments everyone knew who was who, the surnames were changed, the official documents were fraud but we all knew each other, but even halfblooded had to hide their origins.
This was Russia in 90-s, the best Uni in the country and the Department that prepared best scientists in the world who later would work in best Universities around the world, wrote best books and got Nobel prizes; all our books and textbooks were written by Jews but Jews were not allowed to study there. It was Russia... but France? Who would think about it? It was a civilized nation and it still is. Why the Jews were the problem? Is it religious matter? Is it connected to Jesus Christ?.. The movie opens the window for you to look into, outside your everyday thoughts...
The other thought that was surprising: Theodor received help from lots of poor and middle class Jewish families, societies and organisations. The rich stayed aside till it was too late and already too dangerous not to help theri brothers and sisters.
I also believe that this documentary would be interesting and good learning experience not only for the people with Jewish background but to everyone who is interested in history and in politics.
That is all we can say publically but there are some other thoughts that I tend to keep for my family only to share and discuss...
Oh Woody, Woody, Woody, what are you doing to us? Why do you make us love you so much? We laugh, we get surprised, we giggle and we get it: Italiano.
Three or more remarks:
I can not re-call I laughed more since watching Fillini's Armarcord . I even asked my daughter's boyfriend to buy Woody Allen's type of glasses the day after. Let's remember the movie though:
Roberto Benibni's brilliantly played character an ordinary clerk who has a white bread toast with butter and marmelade and shaves every morning becomes a famous star and start living a hell of a celebrity life with no aparent reason and is followed by hundreds of journalists with humangous cameras trying to catch his every word, every blink and every move of his. Completely devasted as he doesn ot know the reason he becomes even more upset when the reporters move from him to another idiot..
Discovering a "second Karuso", an ordinary Italian man who runs a boring funeral business and who can only sing in the shower - he sings in the shower too and on stage when he becomes famous. It looks hilariously funny when he is doing his best killing on stage in Leocavalla's Pagliacci. Rediculous of the whole situation to the max even Fellini could not stop laughing here...
...Penelope Cruz a breathtaking beauty of a woman with the oldest profession knocking at the door of a bit slow Italian who is moving to Rome from a coutry side...
"I loved in Rome when I was exact your age..." and then my heart got broken...
So many stories bonded together in one romantic city of the world: Rome and told by an ordinary Italian policeman.
There is way too much to say as my eyes were in tears for the whole movie... I will say just one thing follwoing the words of one of the children's of Holocost survivor: "... some stories have happy ending. This story simply does not have an ending..." It's very hard for us to rate this movie too as our familes suffered from Nazi's regimes in back in 50-s...
It is a dance, a celebration song of life, rejoice, god, peace, happiness and freedom, there is so much adrenalin in it.
The movie is very informative and very very funny at the same time as it should be when Jews start joking :). You spot Barbara Streisand, Woody Allan and more – the movie cut is fantastic as almost each and every celebrity is covered in it. They all tried Hava Nagilah on them: it is fit fir ones and not so fit for the others, even the rock stars and comedians went with it, but it makes it even more beautiful. The song went through out all cultures on the face of the earth: Thai, Indian, Russian, Mexican, American – the list goes on spinning the globe around. Try to sing and dance it yourself – something will wake you up, your inner feelings and your subconscious mind will remember something important you might have lost on the way.
Alex and I - we have decided to learn the words the song is written in Hebrew. They open us up as the melody develops: lots of “a” sounds give it that celebration spirit, that openness that stirs something inside of you, that which is written in your dna code. It is the most covered song in the history of music, religion and tradition. www.havanagilamovie.com/ The movie is screening at the JIFF Elsternwick Classical Cinemas. Please check the dates with the Cinema or on JIFF website.
A couple of thoughts on the movie (the screening and a glass of champagne was a kind courtesy of Palace Cinemas Como and NedCo PR company): 1. The actors' performance is excellent, beyond any expectations: forget our handsome-ever-here Woody Allen – he is always unbelievably charming and deep but Alice Alice Taglioni and Victor Patrick Bruel are superb. 2. It’s very pleasant to see a common pharmacist changing the lives of other people. Apparently not only pharmaceutical drugs can transform your life to the better realms, art and culture can easily do even more. 3. The movie background music is wonderful: the selection is full of taste and inspiration… 4. Our worries about our kids sometimes do not have any grounds: our kids are mainly ourselves – imagine you there at their age and trust them as you trusted yourself. 5. There is one last thought: “some people are like Gods, they will never love you, but they will let you love them” – never get involved with such people. 6. Woody Allen’s quotes through the movie are splendid: Talent is luck. The important thing in life is courage. How true this is! 7. Woody Allen again: You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred. 8. Dear Sophie Lellouche, please accept our kind thank you and our deep respect for the quality entertainment you French-kissed to us!
It was a little bit hard to rate this movie. Seemingly light and careless journey (through the white and weightless clouds) of a father and his 13-year old daughter, Libby is sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing, but it turns into absolutely unpredictable events. The movie tells you: take everything lightly as life comes to you, but when you start watching closely: think what the white and seemingly innocent lies can bring into your life. The journey might have rockets and bombs in this bottomless blue and childishly looking sky. If you choose to sleep around than expect your kids to do the same. They might think it is the right thing to do or they might not understand you and rebel but they will always do the same things as you did, they will go through the same mistakes as you went or they might help you to open your eyes. Till your eyes are shut widely no one else who stands close to you will open their eyes too. Your evolvement and your revelation is the evolvement and revelation of many people around you.
Do you enjoy that endless sky when you do not have a shelter to spend the night in? Unless you do, make your choices wisely and think two-steps-ahead-bright-future-creating for yourself and people next to you. They watch you as their own mirrors.
Apart from that the actress who plays Libby is a young adorable girl; I personally liked the sound and music of Hebrew as it reminds me my time 15 years ago in Israel; background music selection is awesome too... Overall we liked the movie - it was a good really choice at the JIFF, Elsternwick Classical Cinemas.