Norwegian, Japanese and Turkish
With a title like that is hard to make a connection, it seems as if it’s only three languages in isolation, and while that is true, it wasn’t why I settled on it as a title, instead, those are the languages of the last three films I have watched.
I am quite open to watch almost anything that is “good”. I am a bit picky, however, I trust imdb.com enough to pick the films I watch and rarely I pick a film that is below a seven. That’s as pretentious as my film selection process goes.
I have watched countless of films, way too many, so lately and more interestingly this year I haven’t watched many, so I decided to go a little wild and explore some obscure yet seemingly good films.
WARNING: SPOILERS, MAYBE.
I discovered three great films – each unique and beautiful in their own virtue.
The Norwegian film I watched goes by the name “A bothersome Man”, it’s the story of a man that’s dropped in a shallow and yet seemingly happy society. It’s a dystopia.
Dystopias have always – at least in literature, bored me to death. They are the epitome of a tragedy. Everything is great and yet the characters are not happy. They are as ironic and sad as it can be. It’s depressing, but a form of depression that I find shallow and enraging. Even though I can relate a bit to it. The whole idea messes up with me too much and so it’s hard to put into words why I feel rejection toward dystopias.
On the other hand, A Bothersome Man is so well done, so simple even though there’s no much dialogue (and I love dialogue!) that I must say I was happy to watch it. It was a perfectly balanced film and it succeeded to portrait some shades of truth about human nature and its never ending hunger for something that quite isn’t there. Buddhist, I believe, call it desire.
The Japanese film was a beautiful documentary, that goes by the name: Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It was rich in picture and music. Philip glass played big part of the soundtrack, and I could recognize most of the compositions which is always pleasant. Besides the great picture and music it’s a story of persistence, endurance and passion. A love story between a man and its craft. It makes you realize the depths of obsession one has to endure to achieve greatness, it’s human and unpretentious.
The length of Jiro’s obsession is inspiring. This is a man that has been working and trying to perfect his sushi technique for over 75 years, and it seems as if there’s nothing else he would rather do. I can only wish to experience a similar level of passion and obsession.
And the last one I saw was the turkish film, which I believe to be the best of the three. In english: “My father and my son”, in turkish: “Babam ve Oglum.”
Suffice it to say: It was crazy. It’s such a simple film, the picture is okay, the music is good and the story is sort of repeated. No twists, and not a wild plot. It’s a drama. It’s the film I wouldn’t watch. It’s predictable, it’s all that I don’t look for in a film, and yet… I liked it a lot. The acting is so tight that it’s impossible to not like it.
It’s enough to say that I even shed a tear towards the end. Totally out of character. I rarely get emotional in my personal life, and much less watching films – and I have watched a lot of them that are potentially sad and tear inducing, and yet, I only remember Babam ve Oglum to be the only film to provide me with such a rich and deep emotional response: a pure tear.
I was laying down on the couch, with my feet up and when the scene that made me cry a bit came up I had to sit straight and gain some composure. The last time I remember feeling like this was when el chavo from El Chavo del Ocho was kicked out of la vecindad. I was about seven years old.
I plan to continue to write these short and to the point mini-reviews. I don’t expect them to be read by many – if any, and rarely do I re-watch a film, however before watching these films I re-watched two films, again totally out of character and probably what made me look harder for films to watch.
However, the idea of reading these reviews if I happen to re-watch seems endearing to me, and maybe someone gets a good recommendation out of it.
P.S: I watched all the films with subtitles, which if you ask me is not recommended but I do believe it’s way better than voice over. I think it’s not recommended because I find that I lose too many visual details by reading the subtitles, but c’est la vie.