To Rome With Love

After forcing myself to watch all those Oscar nominees, and stumbling across some other appraised bores, I was starting to lose faith in Western cinema.

Then I saw Woody Allen’s latest work titled To Rome With Love and once again I was a believer. After writing an ode to Barcelona and Paris, Woody gave us another postcard from Europe with this quirky, light comedy set in the Eternal City.

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To Rome With Love is the first film in many years in which Woody Allen stars himself. Even though it’s composed of several different stories, the movie flows smoothly. Each plotline is so interesting and fun, that for the time being you forget about all the others. Every time Roberto Benigni’s face popped on the screen I was surprised and delighted upon remembering that he too had a part in this movie.

The brilliant international cast makes the two hours fly by. Instead of the usual existential pondering, the movie exudes whimsical lightness. I left the theater feeling far more careless and relaxed than when I entered. I highly recommend watching To Rome With Love a close friend or someone else you love to share the positive vibes with.

Have a wonderful Friday, and a superb weekend.

 

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The Impossible

This Spanish movie starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor depicts one family’s horrific ordeal after their vacation is cut short by the deadly 2004 tsunami. Based entirely on a true story, the movie leaves no one indifferent. The graphic scenes, the sense of powerlessness against nature, as well as the superb acting make for very emotional two hours.

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I have read that some people complain because the tragedy is told from the perspective of Caucasian tourists. What I cannot understand is how anyone can focus on THAT amid everything else that happens on the screen!! I was too busy fighting back the tears to think about anything other than the agony of all the survivors, not just this family of five.

If we did talk about whitewashing, I would say that the movie obliterates race and religion; that depicting wonderfully helpful locals and hospital staff evokes a sense of a unified humanity that we should all be lucky to live in. I would not be one of the complainers wondering why the movie depicted a family who survived. Instead I would applaud The Impossible for celebrating life, while reminding us not to take our presence here for granted.

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It is rather interesting how distressful situations bring people together. When Serbia was bombed in 1999 I was already living in Canada, but my friends and relatives spoke so much about the sense of unity that prevailed back then. Serbian people never loved each more than during those 3 months, a sharp contrast to our contemporary society (living in peace) when hatred is shooting from everyone’s eyes. It seems that collective suffering always brings out the best in humans, which is really sad if you think about it. This, however, will not deter me from my own path. As a dreamer and an optimist, I will continue to do my part in spreading the love. For succeeding to transmit the message that we should love one another, as well as life itself, I am going to label The Impossible one of the better movies to come out of 2012.