Saturday, March 31, 2007


So last night, I went to "the movies." Actually, it was to a film with discussion, sponsored by The Baltimore-Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. The movie was a Russian film called The Return, about two teenage boys who venture off with a cold, oppressive father who has returned after a mysterious 12-year absence (--prison camp, maybe?). The movie was horribly depressing and to add to the somber, miserable feel it left, the discussant mentioned that one of the teenage actors died in a boating accident shortly before the release of the film-- my misery couldn't even be contained with "it's just a movie." I woke up still haunted.

Is it time to go back to work yet?


sophizo said...

I too went to a movie and talk last night in Ellicott City. At least my movie (Mozart and the Whale) was light-hearted, funny, and had a happy ending. Maybe you should have gone to that instead. haha! I'll definitely be sure to stay away from "The Return"!

Anonymous said...

I saw this film a couple of years ago. Yes, it's depressing, but shows family dynamics in a very interesting, although disturbing, way. Anyways - shouldn't cinema move us to the core, leave us in a state of moral and emotional restlessness?

I remember watching Chan-wook Park's 'Vengeance' trilogy, with each part giving me and my husband sleepless nights, during which we surfed the net trying to decipher the symbolism, and had heated discussions about all different aspects of vengeance...

This is what I call The Cinema. The film, that punches you right between your eyes, is, in my opinion, the one most worth seeing.