Empty Days

Friday, April 09, 2004



I was hoping for something good on tv today and my secret wish was finally exercised - late at night. But better late than never. I watched a very good quebecois film by Lea Pool - "Emporte-moi" (Set Me Free). About the dreamy and tragic tribulations of an adolescent girl caught up in the thick of life with a suicidal quebecois mother, an intellectual jewish father and the rest of the world on top of all that. Part of the appeal of the film (a very subtle ironic piece) is the unspoken critique of the gap between the high rhetoric of humanistic culture (intelligensia, contempt for the everyday necessities, the bombast about the Holocaust) and the hard-core realities and tragedies of life that it both ignores and stiffles out (slowly whithering, suffocating working-class mother). All this set against the background of the early 60's, which the film both parodies and brings back through its own cinematography.

And of course the fresh breath of adolescence - youth, hope, life.





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