|"The Unbearable Lightness of Being", 1988. |
Picture from nighthawknews
I hope you are up for a post that stretches the definition of art and gives an almost embarrassingly personal account of certain precious moments I experienced around twenty years ago, when I saw something that made me understand more about art (but also about love and communication...)
The first time I watched "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (in 1988) I realized that film is not only entertainment, but also art. I was not particularly moved by the love story it tells, but (... I am aware of how pompous this sounds....) Sven Nykvist's fantastic cinematography made me see the world in a new light!
|"The Unbearable Lightness of Being", 1988, Picture from stickyfingers|
I was probably too young and immature to be very fascinated by Sabina (Lena Olin's character). I wanted to be like Tereza (Juliette Binoche), - able to see beauty in harsh realities.
A little later that year I watched "The Good Mother", a mediocre film that I can hardly remember. But one scene made a lasting impression. When I saw the mother (Diane Keaton), who is in danger of losing custody of her little girl, talk to her by the kitchen counter one morning, I understood that it is possible to communicate with children in ways that crucially enhance their feeling of self worth.
It took eleven years from I watched that film until I became a mother myself, but that "Good Mother" character still represents an ideal that I strive for.
|"The Double Life of Veronique", 1991. Picture from David Bordwell's website on cinema|
"The Double Life of Veronique" gave me a similar kind of inspiration as I had got from "The Unbearable Lightness of Being": The cinematography, the music, and the way the main character (Irène Jacob) experiences the world around her.
|"Shadowlands", 1993. Picture from henryzecher.com|
Love is difficult (that must be the obvious reason why it is the theme of so many stories). But the film "Shadowlands" made me understand what my challenge is, and I am still working on it...
I would be very happy to hear if you have had similar experiences with MOMENTs in film :-)