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Viola, Franca (2017)
I saw this film yesterday when it premiered at Raindance Film Festival in London. The backbone of the film is a real event that happened to a real woman who changed the course of history with her attitude towards the idea that any wrongdoing needs to be punished. It needs to be put into place, it needs to be recognised and dealt with as what it is, something wrong.
I really appreciated the fact that the film did not overdo it with the drama of the punishment nor with the refusal of the 'rehabilitating marriage' nor with how things unfolded in the aftermath. The main character's proud, soft smile followed immediately by the simple phrases at the end, are explanatory enough for what needs to be remembered about this film - that the emancipation of women had to happen, it happened and it will still happen.
After the screening, the director talked about the inspiration for her film, her homeland Italy and the book she read about the true story of Franca Viola. I would encourage anyone to read about Franca Viola. Her story is much more powerful than what is depicted in this film and definitely is of significant importance to our lives.
Viola, Franca: a great cinematographic experience.
Quand on a 17 ans (2016)
All clichés possible, except one
I'd like to start this review with a plea. If you have not seen the film yet, stop reading whatever reviews you're reading and go watch it. Then come back and read and/or comment.
Now, this film is pure magic. It has a sensibility that if it does not manage to move you, few things in life will. As a heterosexual, for me, the biggest possible cliché in a film that portrays being gay, is the idea that being gay is wrong. Same goes for real life. The cliché that heterosexuals are against being gay, that they are condemning the behaviour, that being gay is not acceptable in society. Prejudice. Cowardice. Hate. All of these are MISSING from this film, and I think this is one of the most relevant reasons for why this film is so special. Except maybe one single moment, when training, Damien is being instructed to start sounding like a man fighting, not a girl fighting (why sounding like a girl fighting would be such a bad way is a bit beyond me) everything else is love. It is acceptance, from parents, from community, from people at school. The only ones that are finding it a bit hard to accept are Damien and Thomas who are struggling to find out what their feelings mean, in a world where being 'different' is seen as being 'wrong'.
What a sensible way of allowing love to blossom, of telling us that love is real, and that love can and WILL happen no matter what.
Yes it's cliché that the seasons are changing as the feelings and thoughts of the boys are changing, yes it's cliché that love starts from fighting with each other, with being jealous, yes it's cliché that the adopted child will tend to be more vulnerable and tough in what concerns his feelings and behaviour. So what? All these clichés only build an absolute ideal romance.
How can people really consider Thomas a bully? Which bully could care for his adored mother the way he does, which bully could care for the animals the way he does, which bully immerses himself into nature the way Thomas does, which bully shows disappointment and hurt when telling his lover that he knows what he was looking for in the other man? How can the love he shows be so invisible to all of you, just because a punch or a push. Choose to see emotions, and reactions rather just than only certain actions.
I think it is also wonderful that their love was shown as full love, as in both of them become one, instead of choosing another film and real life cliché that a gay male relationship will have one top and one bottom. BS! Love is more than that.
I could be writing more and more about the film, however I think the main idea is that the film is made with love, for people who choose to believe in love.
Incredible scenery, soundtrack to it, the acting is stellar from all involved, I am changing my review from 9 stars to 10. 10+ if I could.
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
Don't fall in love with a mad woman
From the very first moment when Tom lays eyes on Isabel he senses he will be dealing with a crazy lady. What kind of lady spends time on her own, ignoring anyone in sight, apart from some hungry seagulls? What kind of lady forces a man into taking her out for a 'picnic' on the very day she meets him, and then, not long after, she forces him into actual marriage? A war distraught Tom falls for the beauty and (in)sanity of Isabel, deciding to take her with him and live in seclusion at the light house. All romantic and nice until she loses two pregnancies, and on the same very day of the passing of her second child, they find a baby in a boat and she forces him into keeping the baby. Kudos for the man for deciding to follow his reason and heart, when he meets the real mother of the child. The film made me feel really upset with the main female character for how she was portrayed, the villain, the insane unable-to-have- her-own-baby-let-me-steal- one mother who could easily say about the man who offered her everything " I will never forgive that man for as long as I live." Am I supposed to pity her in any way? I could not. It bothered me so much when she decided to pick up the little girl in the shop and not let her go, making things worse. I think all of it could have been avoided if he did not decide to marry the first one crazy single lady that crossed his path. Also, I think because she is really the villain in this story, she never gets to have closure. She never gets to see "her" daughter again. Though wonderfully acted by the actors, great editing, I will have to say I did not enjoy the film as much as it is probably meant to be enjoyed. As a conclusion, I will follow the German dead guy in a boat advice "You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day, all the time. You have to keep remembering the bad things. It's too much work" and forgive myself for having watched this film, and definitely not recommend it to anyone.
A poetic, tragic, somewhat hopeful portrayal of real life. Real life where unfortunately, some women are still 'unable' (not allowed) to make their own life choices. I saw the film having quite a few great expectations about it, taking into consideration the theme tackled, the important praise it has gathered so far from well known names and award institutions in the industry, and why not, the rating it got so far here on IMDb. These expectations were not met, I say because of two main aspects: 1. The uncertainty of some important events throughout the film. I understand the idea of 'less is more' and the idea of building the viewer's tension however, I do not want to imagine a scene where one of the sisters is (may be?) abused, if that is not the case. There were several occasions where I could not really tell what was going on in reality, and it bothered me. Same goes with some scenes where some of the girls would engage in different activities with some of the guys. It bothered me because I could not really have an idea of who is really the bad guy here, or what is actually happening, is it a sign of adolescent rebellion or is it something more to it. 2. The ending. It seems so unreal, so pathetic. The dream is fulfilled however it is really unrealistic. What are the chances of it being final? None. In conclusion I would say that the film is worth the while however, it is not one to stand out, at least not in my personal opinion.