I (Clare) was watching the Academy Award last night and I was struck by the number of winners who thanked their teachers. I recently had an unusual experience. My nephew ran into a former student teacher of mine from 20 years ago and they started talking and somehow made the connection. The former student teacher said that I had had a profound
impact on him. Huh! So teachers and teacher educators you never know the difference you are making. You may be thanked at the Academy Awards. We make a difference often in ways we do not see or know.
We (Clare and Clive) went to see the movie, The Past which has been called a “domestic drama with all the tension of a thriller.” It is the latest movie by Asghar Farhadi the Iranian director.The movie is fantastic because it is well directed, you can relate to the characters, it captures the complexity of life, shows how decisions we make are often based on incomplete information, and the story is captivating. The quality of the acting is good you cannot believe the actors are actually acting. Below is a summary of the story:
· Coming back France to complete the divorce procedure, Ahmad an Iranian man, arrives in Paris after four years to meet his ex-wife and her daughters from her previous marriage. He notices his ex is in a relationship with an Arab named Samir who also has a son and a wife in a coma. The relationship of the older daughter and her mother is deteriorating because the daughter thinks her mother is the cause of Samir’s wife comatose state. The affairs get more complicated when the older daughter discloses something heinous she has done. From IMDB http://www.imdb.com/media/rm456776960/tt2404461?ref_=tt_ov_i#
· For a full review of the movie go to the Globe and Mail link:http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/film-reviews/the-past-domestic-drama-with-all-the-tension-of-a-thriller/article16435003/
· Here is the linkfor a conversation with Asghar Farhadi who said, “All the films I’ve made … I have faith in.”
By the way, Farhadi directed The Separation which won an academy award for best foreign film a few years ago.
If you are looking for a non-Hollywood movie which captures day-to-day life and leaves you wondering what you would do when faced with certain dilemmas, I would highly recommend The Past.