Monday, March 31, 2014

Drowsiness (Senność)

Poland 2008

Details cineuropa

Seen 31 March 2014

Ratings from other sources
IMDB 7.2/10

Three people with different different emotional inertias in their lives and their attempts to escape from the dead end situations.

My ratings 7.0/10

My impressions:

Inaction, postponement
Either consciously or unconsciously
Leads to bigger problems
Until a decision is made

It can be years before anyone realises
How deep seated the malady has set in

It takes a chance encounter
That leads the way
To a new life
Much much better

It might be their hope for some
But at least they have taken that step
Escaping from self-imprisonment

Breathing at last

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A matter of taste (Une affaire de goût)

France 2000

Details IMDB

Seen 29 March 2014

Ratings from other sources
IMDB 7.0/10

Nicolas, a handsome, young waiter, is befriended by Frédéric Delamont, a wealthy middle-aged businessman. Hired by Delamont to be his food taster and a friendship begins to emerge.

My ratings 7.0/10

My favourite quote
A lie is easily told, regret comes later

My impressions:

Is it so easy
To feel for another
To agree, follow or obey
Surrendering independence

Wealth can be the sweetener
But a bond does develop
However improbable

More of a cat and mouse game
Unconsciously testing the limits
Seeing who will succumb first
Conceding defeat, one cannot live without the other

How long can someone be in control
When time after time
The mind is challenged

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Floating Skyscrapers

Poland 2013

Details IMDB

Seen 28 March 2014

Ratings from other sources
IMDB 6.8/10

The story of a young man discovering his homosexuality, while his girlfriend tries to cling onto him

My ratings 7.0/10

My impressions:

Infatuation, lust or love
How does one differentiate

A brief encounter that becomes longer
Time spent together
Mutual understanding
Wasn't it there before

With someone known longer

Or has the love died
Or is this just a reprieve
Until the flames burst forth again
In all its glory

Reality and dreams
Crash into each other
Pale shadows remain

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Brother Number One

New Zealand 2011

Seen 26 March 2014

Ratings from other sources
IMDB 8.5/10

Through Olympian New Zealander Rob Hamill’s story of his brother’s death at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, Brother Number One explores how the regime and its followers killed nearly 2 million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979

My ratings 8.0/10

My impressions:

Killings, in the name of the One
The accused still in a world of their own
No discernible regrets
No remorse
Dry eyed

In contrast
Those who remain
Survivors despite that unimaginable period
Have to live
With memories still intact

Many may never know
Where their loved ones have been
The final resting place
A closure
To the nightmare


USA 2013

Details IMDB

Seen 22 March 2014

Ratings from other sources
IMDB 7.9/10

Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

My ratings 7.5/10

My impressions:

Special powers
Blessings or a burden
Fun to have, but of course
Endless possibilities, for good or bad
Which one shall it be

A mistake jolts everyone to reality
Unchecked, that gift becomes a liability

So the years of isolation begins

Until the time arrives
When hard facts must be faced
When a decision has to be made

That will be the test of whether
That gift is really a gift
Or a burden