Watched with my 12yo son Xander. A film I have wanted to share with him because it’s always been a sweet, silly and humorous film to me (I’m glad he laughed as much as me at the tyre pop sequence!) Beat Takeshi is a true artist and his films have such an simple, hand-made charm that is irresistible and this is probably my 2nd fav after his masterpiece Hana-bi. Joe Hisaishi’s score is also touching, and one I listen to regularly.
The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone is now a fitting finale to the saga, and even Sofia didn’t seem so bad this time around. Some of the most memorable sequences live in this film including a closing stretch as good as anything in the series. The 4K UHD versions of all three films are the ultimate presentation.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
“I like the multiplicity of books, because each book is different in the mind of each reader. It's the same with this film - if 300 people are in a cinema watching it, they will all see a different film, so in a way there are thousands of different versions of "Caché (Hidden)". The point being that, despite what TV shows us, and what the news stories tell us, there is never just one truth, there is only personal truth.”…
Grandfather's Friend:''What I mean to say is, suppose the kid did nothing wrong. What would you do? What then?''
Grandfather:''I'd find an excuse and give him a beating every other week. So he wouldn't forget.''
Often it's the smallest and simplest observations on life that are the most emotionally resonant and impactful, as is the case with Abbas Kiarostami's 1987 film Where Is the Friend's Home?, where we see immense compassion and loyalty from a child who navigates a world…