Thursday, 18 October 2018

Let's got to the movies, let's go see the stars..

I must admit, although my heart will always belong to the summer months, I do enjoy this time of year. When the seasons are changing and the nights are beginning to draw in. It makes me feel all happy to be getting the coats out of storage and layering up in scarves and hats. 

The other thing I love to do when the Autumn nights draw in is take myself off to my local cinema for a mocha and a movie. I'm really lucky that my friends buy me theatre membership each year, which also extends to my local indie picture-house, which gets me a lovely discount on tickets and treats from the cafe. Set in a lovely old building which used to be the town market hall, it's always warm and cosy and I love the option to take in a G+T or a coffee to settle down and watch a movie. Here are a couple of things I've seen recently:

The Escape

When I booked it, all I knew about The Escape was that it was about a lady who was sad and ran away to Paris. I mean, so far so relatable in my opinion. Tara, the central character, is surrounded by all of the things humans have been programmed to think are good in life: a good husband, two doting kids, a nice house and the chance to be a stay-at-home-mum. But she is feeling lost and seems to be drowning in confusion and discontent. It was almost painful to watch her struggle with this, and the sense of relief when she finally found the strength to make that escape. 
Sometimes I think that people worry too much about whether they can like or relate to a character in a movie. I found probably everyone in this film a fairly frustrating bundle of hypocrites, but that to me made the struggle of emotions all the more real. People's lives are never as perfect as one thinks and to see a very realistic representation of day-to-day unhappiness in a marriage which isn't headline-worthy or abusive was a fresh new take on this and something I was pleased to see portrayed. 

The Seagiull

Another wonderfully raw emotional movie. Based on Chekov's play of the same name, at least I knew what to expect from this. So much sadness. So much unrequited love. I think that everyone in this movie is in love with someone who doesn't love them. Apart from Sorin, who tells us has spent his life sad because he never managed to find love or become a writer. 

Centred on a kind of messy love triangle - or should that be love square?! - between "famous" writer Boris, his actress lady-friend Irina and the startstuck Nina (who also happens also to be the girlfriend of Irina's son, Constantin). 

Again, the movie is full of sadness but in an altogether more watchable and entertaining way. There is also humour here - the household's reactions to the hateful Irina's narcissism, for one thing. I felt a little more empathy watching this movie, although not a huge amount if I'm honest. All of the characters are using one another and I guess that should make me like them less, but what is that if not an accurate representation of life..? 

Hmm, turns out I'm fairly drawn to sad movies. But I'll maintain that curling up in the warm for an evening at the cinema (in my favourite seat - I have a regular seat!) is one of my favourite autumnal pasttimes. 

Seen anything good lately?

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