Well it has been a long time since my last post. Sounds a bit like the beginning of a confession you hear in the movies!
Talking about movies, and stories, which is one of main professional foci, I went to see The Hundred Foot Journey‘ last weekend and it is one of the most uplifting, feel good movie I have seen for a while (and I have seen a few with my son working at a cinema and free tickets coming my way fairly often). It is a story centered around an Indian family who moves to France and opens a restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant. It is 100 feet from 1 restaurant to the other. They move because their restaurant in India was destroyed by fire in a political attack the mother of the family, the cook of the family, is killed. Sp they need to start again and land in France when their van breaks down. Beautiful scenery, characters that you really feel for and really good looking main actors all contribute to a film I would like to see again.
Another film I have recently seen is Word and Pictures and being a teacher, movies with teachers in are often fairly unrealistic, I think, or a bit sentimental. This one is about 2 people that are angry, lost, alone – one because of alcohol and the other because of a slowly worsening disease which renders it very difficult to do what she loves doing. They have a competition to see if words or pictures are the more powerful with their year 12 classes they are teaching. Left this one feeling a bit sad, but things sort of work out for them in the end, or at least you can see light at the end of the tunnel in their lives.
Lastly, I want to now see The Lunchbox, about a wife trying to get some attention from her husband and is doing it by sending him delicious meals via dabawallas. The twist is that these carefully prepared meals actually get delivered to this other man, an older man who is lonely and they strike up a friendship.
Life is too short to focus and worry about all the bad things happening in the world. I say let’s highlight good stories, relationships, events and fill ourselves up with positive energy, which we can pass on to others.