Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Some of the films I have recently watched ...

Gett: the trial of Viviane Amsalem and The salesman are among the most touching films I have watched recently and which I highly recommend to those who haven't yet had the chance to watch them.

The first is a rather tense drama on the rigid religious bureaucratic system regarding divorce in Israel. It takes place inside a courtroom testing one's powerlessness and exhausting patience. The main character's facial expressions and body language regarding what is being said seems to be what I, as viewer got moved by, making me undeniably sympathise with her as I tried to put myself in her shoes and understand what she firmly expected as a court decision. Her performance was outstanding and deserves to be noted.

Apart from the outstanding performances on the part of both the main and secondary characters  The salesman is an inter personal drama and a suspense-like film hinging on what goes on mainly in the characters' display of unspoken feelings and emotions. Asghar Farhadi's subtlety in handling the whole subject theme of relationships throughout the whole film is particularly intelligent. This is undoubtedly a film I will want to watch again.


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Two of the latest films I have watched ...

I have recently watched two films I felt were rather captivating for completely different reasons, despite the fact that they both focus on life choices. If on one hand Mountains may depart is an intimate drama spanning decades in which the economic growth and the materialism culture in China ultimately affects the bonds of family and tradition with unimaginable repercussions on the life of a mother and her son, The eagle huntress film documentary takes us through the brave and thrilling journey of a teenage girl from a Nomadic family living in Mongolia's Altai mountains, who chooses to master eagle hunting, an art and cultural practice which is traditionally confined to male and their competence.

I'd strongly recommend both and if I don't further expand the "beauty" of each of them it is because I don't want to influence the readers' expectations.


Santa Maria island, the Azores - "Exploring the island" ... - From the 28th of August through to the 1st of September 2017

My working schedule allowed me a few outings on the island, as we drove around it into well known sites I had visited before, though the everchanging climate made them look as if I had never seen them before.
We roamed around under rather somber looking mornings that unexpected turned into sunny afternoons and fairly mild evenings, taking advantage of the beautiful scenary and the welcoming atmosphere.