Loved, loved, loved (!) the movie “Fire at Sea!” Notes:

I love movies (like Moonlight) where the director believes in the intelligence of his/her audience while telling a powerful story and delivering a powerful message.  For me, “Fire at Sea” was that way.  It was a movie that was comfortable delivery subtle comments and with letting a scene slowly unfold, where it is comfortable showing the doctor give an ultrasound for five minutes or just showing four workers stare out at sea.  It is a wonderful, powerful movie and the most beautiful film that way since “The Great Beauty.”  Some observations (with some spoilers):

  • The beginning of the movie we see the boy making a weapon and hunting birds, but at the end of the movie he is merely singing to the bird – shows our ability to change our ways.
  • The doctor makes a comment that it is the responsibility of all of us to help the immigrants (who are dying).
  • The doctor, during the ultrasound, can’t make out the sex of the second child since they are too intertwined.  “But don’t worry, we’ll get it.”  He patiently, patiently seeks the sex.  I see that scene as stating we are all intertwined and too intertwined, and it will take patience and diligence and care and perserverence to resolve our/this problem.  I also see the scene later in the movie where the woman takes a full five minutes to carefully make her bed as again emphasizing that things take time and persistence and patience.
  • The boy is having struggles rowing – his friend throws his a lifeline so he is not crushed by the boats, then rows him to safety.  That is, we all need a helping hand and we need to offer a helping hand.
  • The boy has a lazy eye, so he works to correct his vision from 20/100 to 20/30 by wearing the eye patch. Later, when he is sea sick he is told to to go the sea when there are high waves to get his sea stomach.  That is, we have a problem (the refugee crisis) but we can fix it with work.
  • The woman wishes for a little health that day, like we all want to be healthy and happy (including the refugees).  It’s not too much to ask.

I’d love to watch this movie again – these are just a few observations off the top of my head a day later and I am sure there are more.

It is a tragic tale but one that also offers help and a nudge for us to help.  I wish we in the US were helping more (at a time when Donald Trump wants to do less!) – I am going to write my congress person about that.  Those poor souls – and the scene of the people dead at the bottom of the boat was awful but moving, like watching the Holocaust images in some ways (and to the people who died in such misery, the result is the same).

The movie makes me want to move to Sicily 🙂

Finally, it has been a great year for documentaries.  OJ: Made in America, 13th and I Am Not Your Negro were all wonderful and deserving; my vote for Oscar this year though is this one (“Fire at Sea”).

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Loved, loved, loved (!) the movie “Fire at Sea!” Notes:

Watched Notorious with Wife M

Wife M and I were in a Hitchcock mood so watched one we had not seen before: Notorious.  Ingrid Bergman is the bitter daughter of a German traitor recruited by Cary Grant to fly into Brazil and catch additional Nazis who were living in Brazil.  Notes:

I love both of these performers.  Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman are great as always.  

I loved how Grant was upside down when she opened her eyes that first morning: her world has turned upside down.  

Even in a 1946 black and white, the shots of Rio are splendid.

I love Grant’s response to her accusing him of his being afraid he’ll fall in love with her: “That wouldn’t be hard.”  He learns she must contact her father’s friend Sebastian, land him, serve as a spy and report back.  Grant forgets the wine on the table: his love is wrapped away.  Later, the chicken, which had been on fire before (like their budding love), is cold now.  

Classic Hitchcock with the suspense.  It is nervewracking the risk she is putting herself under with the wine cellar.   She is also playing him as a fool, although he is clearly a keen observer.  Then later, when she has the headaches we suspect why, and are left to fret…  And we *know* if she gets to the bedroom she will likely die!  Then Sebastian’s risk of being betrayed adds a wonderful twist!

What I love most about Hitchcock, was his endless and exhaustive attention to symbolic detail.  One of my favorite books about movies is The Art of Hitchcock, whch uncovers a lot of these.

Watched Notorious with Wife M