Watching one film a day keeps the doctor away. Well yes, it’s true! I have even attended therapy sessions but they aren’t as impactful as the power of films are. It isn’t just the visual excellence associated with them but moreover they do arrive with emotional depth and jarring reality, which is probably enough for us to learn a few things. Quarantine has been an unjustified mess for the past three months and so has it been capable of leeching out our energy and passion from the things we love doing. Keeping ourselves stagnant could belittle us from exploring significant activities and puts us on a boundary. A boundary which doesn’t allow us to cross and the reason of spreading mundanity elsewhere. So why do people talk about shrewd things like curiosity and one’s urge to move ahead in the stage of adolescence?
To be honest, growing up is tough and many of us have experienced daunting challenges on our way. Have we been bullied? Yes. Have we been unmotivated? Yes. Have we faced neglection from our parents and friends? Yes. Have we failed? Yes. Even though facing all the harsh negativity, we don’t stumble and let life push us around. Pushing has its pros and cons. One has to be pushed for their personal betterment. Life comes to us with unexpected questions and expects us to answer them in subtle ways. It takes all our effort, bullies us irrevocably but ultimately wants us to learn certain things which could benefit our onward journey. I have always felt a childish heart is way better than a precocious mind. There are things we learn with passing age, so why do we have to sacrifice laughter and entertainment at this age when we are most supposed to.
Happiness is contagious. The more lively and happy you are, the more company you surround yourself with. People expect happiness around them and for that they could do anything in order to keep themselves in peace and contentment. It is unworldly of me commenting on youngster life today, but aren’t we all leading the similar thing in our present lives? Homo sapiens learn human instincts from society, from people like us. So what is it which makes us human? I tried to figure out such debatable questions while I was watching “Mommy” two weeks back. Upbringing is natural, it is human to experience and I believe we all have faced different upbringings in our lives. A week after that, it was “Fish Tank” which fuelled my mind with questions on teenage maturity and state of mind. Please find below my thoughts on the following films and how does it affect the contemporary “coming of age” genre.
Mommy (Xavier Dolan, 2014)
Relatability takes a bigger step forward. I miss my childhood. In fact, it was the period when most of us were content, unburdened and had a free-spirited mind. Watching this film didn’t make me realize any of those things but it do affect us aesthetically by sketching a picture of lack in morality and demented behavior in youngsters. I believe imperfections are in everyone and we must look forward to embracing them with extra warmth. There are times we have been unwelcomed and been unaccepted from a social group or someone. “Mommy” opposes all these atrocities acts and epitomizes a radiant glow signifying how human it is to accept troubled and unparented children. A film which portrays semblence of motherly love, social inclusion and unlikely parenthood in a tough neighborhood, it was equally serenading for me to visualize something as such, which I didn’t believe would have existed once.
The film overpowers with three brilliant performances and keeps us intensely compelled with what it delivers on screen. I appreciated the cinematography and the way it was blended with a euphoric score, it kept me contemplating for long. How important are locations at times. They do illuminate us and have certain things to personify off a character’s mindset. Shot in Quebec, Canada, the film also uncovers the turbulent world of people exposed to living in rough societies and the consequence it carries. There are certain frames in the film which could jerk tears off your eyes, would inherently keep you distressed and emotionally hurt at times. Yes, a film on parenthood and motherly love which can also be disturbing to visualize. “Mommy” had me screeching internally with pain and disgust, however it did redeem me from fanatical thoughts and adverse fantasies of life.
Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2010)
A childish heart meets a precocious mind. “Fish Tank” is a long lost film which is emotionally captivating and it infuriates me why people don’t talk about it anymore. Calling our teenage self getting infatuated with someone much older, I am sure it’s quite a natural instinct to talk about. It’s not a kind of popcorn entertainer whom you could sit relaxed with, but instills inexplicable questions in our minds. I have come to a stage in life where it is imperative to realize that not everything can be explained with an explanation, but has to be ingrained in our thoughts and felt more deeply. Micheal Fassbender delivers a robust, passionate exposition of his character and keeps us delusional till the end. Shot in Tilbury, UK, again the film’s focus here is concentrated towards the rough sections of society with turbulent people forming the essence. Excellent characterization and cinematography, the film finds its voice through the strong presence of its characters and the location used.
Easy to relate with many a things, how practical it is to experience abandonment and loneliness while watching a film. It also tries to sketch a portrait of mundanity encircling us, and how it later affects our mind mostly keeping us unoccupied and wasted. Andrea Arnold’s way of looking at millenial life is devastatingly charming and moreover, it is the grim realities she wants us to realize. What makes us human? And what makes us mature? The film answers such questions with emotional profundity, the more with actions and less words being used. Embedded with two masterful performances, the film keeps us moving with its majestic setting and relatability plays its part here too. Extremely dissatisfying at times, it’s equally curious and disturbing to visualize a 40-something man having an intercourse with a 15-year old girl which is explicitly shown. It could be controversial for many but keep yourself activated for a nostalgic experience down the memory lane. It’s terrific!
Thanks for reading. Please do tell me what did you think of these two films if you have seen them.