Second viewing is where the overwhelmed becomes the enlightened. I knew this would be the case. I can’t help but adore this film!
Céline Sciamma swept me up with this quiet and unassuming fantasy, that manages to be a tender meditation on connection, memory and grief. The performances from the twins were infectious, especially when they shared the same space. A lovely film for those that seek something a little more poetic in their cinema.
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…