Ah, yes. My favorite movie. Well, that’s . . . uh . . that would be . . . yeah . . I dunno. For the most part, I don’t remember movies. Not the actors, the plot, and certainly not the soundtrack. Bubba remembers that stuff, and if I need to know for the purpose of joining a conversation, I send him a text and hope for a quick answer.
ME: What was the movie we saw last wknd with the guy in the suit?
BUBBA: Spider-man 2?
ME: Oooohh yeah . . . THX!
Not only will he text me the name of the movie, but I will often get the key character actors, directors, and sometimes the soundtrack composer. I like the way he makes me sound movie-saavy in social settings.
What I’m trying to say is that I may very well have a favorite movie, I just can’t remember what it is. I’d ask Bubba but he would tell me Star Wars, which is his favorite(s). Besides, he’s sleeping, and I appreciate my morning solitude.
I thought back to films that move me, because those are my favorites. Christmas Eve 2013 I watched a movie called The Visitor while I painted the rec room. In order to remember the title, I played a sort of charades with Google.
ME: Movie Drums Squatter
GOOGLE: The Visitor – Movie Review The situation in Tom McCarthy’s second film The Visitor is ripe with drama: Walter Vale (Richard … Tarek and Zainab are not squatters. … A scene in which Walter joins Tarek in an African drum circle in Central Park is almost thrilling; it’s a …
ME: Oooohh yeah . . .
It was a good choice, but decided there is a movie that has made a more recent impact on me than that. There was one film we watched before the Academy Awards that made me cry . . . . So I pulled up Google again.
ME: Movie Nun Adoption
GOOGLE: Philomena (film) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Philomena is a 2013 drama film directed by Stephen Frears, based on the book The … The nuns are once again polite but unhelpful, and claim that the adoption …
ME: Oooohh yeah . . . Gee, thanks, Google!
There was some controversy about the story line, because it does not paint a pretty picture of Catholicism. Yet, Philomena’s reaction was so tender toward her church, I thought it very respectful and highly honorable of faith in general.
It was, for the most part a true story. Wikipedia lists a couple reference quotes about the historicity, stating,
“The film took liberties with the real life events. Sister Hildegard McNulty, the principal antagonist in the film, is depicted as having met with journalist Sixsmith after he started working on the story. McNulty died in 1995, and Sixsmith started his investigation only in 2004. The final scene where a wheelchair-bound McNulty chastises Philomena for carnality is also dramatic license.
Sixsmith has said that Coogan’s portrayal of him shared his “intolerance of injustice in all walks of life,” and his admiration for a woman like Philomena who has the strength to rise above this, but he is less angry than his screen version and is an agnostic rather than an atheist.”
If this is the farthest the narrative strayed from the truth, the story is still powerful. Having loved two men who were both adopted as babies, this movie left a lasting impression on me. It is a monument to motherhood and the cultural freedoms we have acquired through the years.
Today is actually a perfect day to watch this film. But dry your eyes before you call your mum to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day!
Peace and love to all the mothers today . . .
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