Lion: A Long Way Home

It was  a  couple of years ago when I started revisiting Indian movies after recalling this movie we watched back in first year high school for our English class: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in IndiaI started checking out Aamir Khan’s (main character named Bhuvan in the Lagaan movie) movies and found a few worth remembering — Idiots, an entertaining story about friendship and Taare Zameen Paran inspiring story about an eight year old boy who was always seen as nothing but trouble until an extraordinary art teacher came to work his unusual ways in trying find out what lies beyond the young kid’s behavior only to find out that the boy was having trouble at home and that he was dyslexic.

Some time last year, Cholo found this movie titled The Lunchbox.

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.

For some reason, I seem to have a fetish for Indian culture. So after watching this film, I just couldn’t help but share it 🙂

 

 

 

Lion

A story about an Indian man who knew where he originally came from but claims to have been lost for 25 years now. The films tells how he ended up growing up with an Australian family and his journey home.

I don’t want to spoil you with further details but here are a few things about this beautiful film which I hope you’ll include in your list of movies to catch up on 🙂

 

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The film touches on so many subjects: poverty, family, roots, and the more importantly the rising almost-incurable problem of children missing in India.

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Young Saroo with his older brother Guddu coming home from a day’s work for 2 plastics of milk. How the very simple life of a typical, challenged family in India was very well narrated in the first part of the film. 

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The Brierley couple comforting their second adopted son, Mantosh, who was seemingly mentally disturbed.

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Rooney Mara and the subtlety of her role as Saroo’s partner. Her role does not portray a single and actual icon in the life of Saroo but rather an embodiment of all his lovers in one character. 

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Kamla, Saroo’s mother, played by Priyanka Bose. Priyanka visited Kamla in preparation for her role. She said, “My questions were basic and just by meeting her, I could tell how hard her life has been. I got down on my knees and hugged her and thanked her for her courage”. When meeting Munshi she was told that she was declared crazy by many villagers in the small town for years, as she never gave up hope that her son would return one day.

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Sue Brierley holding his son Saroo. Nicole Kidman was personally chosen by the real life Sue to portray her in the film. This is said to be her first on-screen role as a mother of an adopted child. In real life she’s the mother of two adopted children.

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This cute boy, Sunny Pawar, will sure win your heart. Chosen over 4,000 kids who auditioned for the role, the kid who never had experience with acting for a hollywood film was just the perfect fit. He doesn’t speak English and was said to have not been able to attend the US premiere because he was denied a visa.

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You will need a box of tissue for this last scene: The Reunion. I read it was the first scene shot which makes Dev an outstanding actor. Kudos to him for the 8-month preparation for the role which included changing it body built and facial features. He also visited the orphanage where Saroo stayed and brought a diary to jot down notes. 

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Young Saroo, on-screen Saroo and real life Saroo who wrote A Long Way Home where the film was based on. 

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In India, over 80,000 children go missing each year and there are over 11 million children living on the streets. For the release of this film, the foundation #LionHeart was launched in collaboration between the production companies of this film, See-Saw Films and The Weinstein Company (TWC) and The Charity Network. It will provide financial support to the over 11 million children who live on the streets of India.

 

 

All his life, Saroo mispronounced his name. His real name was Sheru which means LION.

#MyKindofChickFlicks – Ruby Sparks

War, Holocaust and French movies all fall under my fetish list but I have to admit I don’t always go for the historical, mind-blowing, hard-to-decipher kind of movies. Oftentimes, I go for those movies that top the chart and take home the bread. There are days though when I just want to stay in bed, drink tea, wine, eat Cheetos or Pringles and want a normal movie to go with it.. as a rule, one that involves a girl and a boy, a little drama and all in all a cute story in between.

According to Google, here’s what chick flicks mean:

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Chick flicks aim to indulge in the goals, struggles and dreams of women or girls. More often than not, it follows a pattern: boy and girl fall in love → stroll in the park, leisurely walk at the beach, roadtrips and all the other good times are being flashed → another girl shows up or there’s a tragic revelation or their personalities get in the way → they break up → play sad music or whatever’s in the OST → boy or girl realizes they don’t want it to be over → he or she does a grand come back to win over the girl/boy → their happily ever after starts → happy music is playing while showing the credits → THE END.

By definition, it’s what guys would think to be their best chance of getting a hold of what really goes on in a woman’s mind. Hate to break the news pals, but it’s NOT. A typical chick flick is good for remedy, comic relief and a little kilig to feed one’s fantasy but you’re looking at the wrong page. So I listed below a few that fall under my recommended movies for you. 🙂

 


I shared my list to my good friend James who we call Mingwa in our office. The name started when he won the best dressed when he came as Mingwa during our Halloween Party. Most strangers would call her ate but he’s a boy and he’s straight 🙂 His long, black, perfectly wavy and curled hair and his slim body commonly cause the misconception about him.
Whenever I get to have a conversation (and I always get to have good ones) with this guy, it can never end without us discussing about a certain movie. Before we know it, it just became our thing. So one day I brought my hard drive and gave him copies of all the movies I enjoyed, regardless if they were girly, feel good, serious movies or those that leave you awake all night. After a while, I realized I gave him mostly chick flicks but I didn’t bother giving him a warning because I knew he just wanted to watch movies. It turns out, he loved them!

 

I thought it would be nice to share a few “girly” movies I think would have a high probability of being enjoyed by everybody. One that’s worth the tissue, the popcorn and worth Googling the cast, synopsis or famous movie quotes. 🙂

Enjoy! 🙂

 

Ruby Sparks

Okay, I’m not sure how I can briefly tell the story without spoiling the core of it.

Calvin is a writer. He’s the quiet type: no friends, barely goes out of his house, has his brother and dog as his constants. Until the unusually extraordinary girl named Ruby Sparks came into the picture.

I’ll have to apologize I don’t want to tell more so as not to spill the beans but I’m telling you I find this movie very entertaining.

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What goes on in my head after watching the movie: 

Do people really love the people they are with or do they love just the idea of them?

 

A few things I love about this film:

Calvin’s mom’s house

It’s so gorgeous! Wood, medicinal plants, fresh air.. and not to forget the tree house 🙂

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Ruby’s fashion and character

Her fashion is just as exceptional as her character. She’s so real and simple and complex at the same time. Oozing personality. I would say she’s like Summer (from 500 Days of Summer) without the leaving the guy hanging part 🙂

 

Scott the dog

I though the writer did an awesome job having Scott in the picture. It shows how some people can be great around dogs but not around humans and it’s not such a bad thing. Plus he’s really adorable.

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Calvin’s house

White walls, neat & bright

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The shrink

I’ve always wanted to have one.

 

The Ending

“Can we start over?”

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Harry: Quirky, messy women whose problems only make them endearing are not real.

Calvin Weir-Fields: It was once said of Catcher in the Rye: That rare miracle of fiction has again come to pass.A human being has been created out of ink, paper and the imagination.

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Last Scene: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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You know when you find a movie more interesting and more beautiful now than how you described it the first time you saw it? You just know that these movies just make it to your list. It’s been ages since I last watched this movie but I always recommend this when people ask me for my list of chick flick movies 🙂 (hmm nice idea for my next post!)

 

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The Cast. Interesting pair. Never thought an English woman like Kate Winslet could portray a comical, more twisted version of Summer (from 500 Days of Summer). With her rainbow hair, lousy fashion, motor mouth and amazingly beautiful face, Clementine would be the perfect example of a Janus-faced girl who is nothing short of amazing. In the same way, Joel  is a character I never thought Jim would be able to pull off sweetly! Coming out from a Rhino (click this video link to ring a bell), Jim Carrey’s characterization of Joel who plays the inferior role in the movie, is something very unexpected and notable. It’s almost weird seeing him barely smile in the entirety of it. Joel describes himself as someone who leads a not so interesting life: on repeat, with a set of pullovers as his daily attire, flat dry hair, having a boring job.. he’s a plain and simple person, close to a wallflower. 

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The Plot. Two people. Poles apart. They fall in love. Life happens. They try to move on by asking for their memories of each other to be permanently erased. Turns out, the memories are there for a more paramount rationality than we can ever think, feel or dream of. In the end, fighting to NOT erase your memories of someone is no doubt even harder than it seems.

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The Beauty. It’s a good blend of realistic and unsound. It makes you feel like you are sober while under influence of alcohol at the same time.

The movie made the far-fetched reacheable: most heartbroken people wish they had no memory of the person they love and they go to the ends of the world to make it happen. In the movie, this privilege was offered but the result was for me just like how we all expected: heartbreaking and tragic.

Programming the human brain to behave in a manner it’s not accustomed to is damaging.

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Some of my favorite lines:

 

Joel: Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating.

Joel: I can’t see anything that I don’t like about you.

Clementine: But you will! But you will. You know, you will think of things. And I’ll get bored with you and feel trapped because that’s what happens with me.

Joel: Okay.

Clementine: [pauses] Okay.

 

 

 

Clementine: Too many guys think I’m a concept, or I complete them, or I’m gonna make them alive. But I’m just a fucked-up girl who’s lookin’ for my own peace of mind; don’t assign me yours.

Clementine: Joely? What if you stayed this time?

Joel: I walked out the door. There’s no memory left.

Clementine: Come back and make up a good-bye at least. Let’s pretend we had one.

Clementine: Bye Joel.

Joel: I love you.

Clementine: Meet me… in Montauk…