As the boy lies in the puddle he is cleansing his soul and we see swirling around him the wash from those he has followed.In French, “la mer” is “the ocean” and “la mere” is “the mother.” The ocean is the source of all life. It is our mother. It represents our ability to be and in this film it intensifies the existence of the character, who is trapped. And because water is always active and moving, it contrasts with the imprisonment with the characters who are all constrained either by physical walls or by the thoughts of their own minds.We can only see the the portion of her body above the surface of the pool. We are cut off from her inner existence and know only that which she exposes superficially to the world.It is pretty and I think it looks cool.
Up until yesterday evening I was feeling kind of meh on the whole. However, after a productive day of studying I went to two good U.S. Dramatic films at Rose Wagner that perked me up.
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints: Pretty darn good. A love story between two outlaws destined to be kept apart. Beautiful and sad, with sacrifice and selflessness (or is it selfishness?), forgiveness and acceptance. The storyline was just vague enough that I never fully connected with the main characters and didn’t become invested in their relationship. I wanted a little more information to make me understand and care. Perhaps if I saw this again I might feel differently; this is certainly a film I would see again. I loved the evocative aesthetic; everything was faded and crumbling but almost homey and comfortable, from the worn dresses to the town buildings to the fields and hills of Texas. The director wanted his work to be timeless and he certainly achieved that. The music was great. The director and most of his crew were all a bit cocky and unapproachable in the Q&A.
In A World…: I think this is my favorite film thus far! Comedies are rare at Sundance, and this is an excellent one. As Lake Bell emphasized in the Q&A, this is not a movie about the voiceover industry, it only that happens to be set there. The family issues – egotistic/neglectful/even abusive father, marital strife, growing up – were realistic enough to be relatable and heartfelt, but overdone just enough to be comedic. Really a very well balanced film and not overly ambitious. Lots of fun, I laughed the whole way through.
Now back to the books and hopefully I can squeeze in another movie tonight!