The first was a movie with a troubling and depressive title, God Grew Tired of Us. It is yet another movie spawned by the ongoing genocide in southern Sudan. But this one focuses not on Sudan itself, but on the experiences of three young Sudanese men, driven as boys from their homeland, who after years in an Kenyan refugee camp, the only world they really knew, were received into the United States. To hear their perceptions of US culture and to watch their introduction to this strange way of life is poignant and fascinating. What is humbling is the sense of family ties and of generosity these men demonstrate. We think the world owes us so much; they work with great diligence to give what they can to those they hardly know. Quite a story.
Secondly we watched Whisper of the Heart, a G-rated animated Japanese romance. Is that enough to attract you? It was written by the Japanese animated master Hayao Miyazaki (writer and director of Oscar winner Spirited Away). Barb thought it was a little slow, though I didn’t. I found the story to be arresting, the characters intriguing and believable (teenagers in Japan and the US must not be that much different), and the hand-drawn animation absolutely stunning. It is worth watching.
Finally, we watched the recent release Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day with Frances McDormand (a favorite of mine) and Amy Adams (a favorite of everyone). There is a lot of innuendo in this film, but nothing really offensive. It is a quick moving, well written story which kept us engaged dramatically and with laughter for its entire 90 minutes. It was a satisfying bit of fun.
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