Sunday, June 29, 2008

Random, but Exceptional

I like watching movies. A lot. I especially like watching movies about women and their lives. I am not talking about "chick flicks"--although those are fun too--I am talking about movies that chronicle the strength and gumption of women. I am talking about movies that solely focus on the women; movies where men play secondary roles, and ultimately, it always comes back to the women.

Movies like this are few and far between, so a lot of my movie watching is fueled by the quest to find more "strong-willed-the-devil-may-care-I-own-myself-men-are-excellent-
but-I-can-do-it-myself" movies (Seriously, this is a genre.)
I found an exceptional movie that fits the above mentioned genre: Antonia's Line. This brilliant movie won the 1995 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film. It is about a woman, Antonia, who returns to her small hometown after WWII. She reestablishes roots there with her daughter, and her family grows through different ways. We witness the happiness and tragedies that every life has, but more importantly we witness the resilience of spirited women. Antonia, her daughter, and granddaughter have nurtured their "wild woman" inside, and they have no plans to extinguish any bit of it. I love that, I celebrate it, I wish I saw that more.

I won't say more about it because I don't want to cloud judgment, but Antonia's Line is definitely worth a watch.

Have a movie-watching day.

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