It’s Complicated, Hear Me!

13 Jan 2010 – Jan Movies

It’s complicated, hear me, not without you mother 🙂

It’s Complicated*** Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin have a delightful chemistry on this script. This story is an antidote to all the stupid stuff that’s being shoveled out of Hollywood. Steve Martin plays a great foil to Baldwin’s character. Streep has a genuine dilemma of riches with these two. If she would have to choose, how could she? In different ways, equally appealing, these guys wear their hearts on their sleeves. A humorous movie that won’t bring you down nor insult your intelligence. It’s refreshing in what some of my favourite actors can do when all the ingredients are there.

Hear Me*** about Yang, who single-handedly takes care of her sister, Peng, a swimmer-in-training for the Deaflympics. Yang meets Tian Kuo, who delivers lunch boxes to the swimming pool where Peng trains for the upcoming Deaflympics. Although Yang and Tian Kuo communicate only through sign language, their love for each other transcends the gap through voiceless communication, creating a light-hearted romantic comedy about life and its possibilities.

Not Without You*** Black & white movie based on a true story in Taiwan about a father’s sincere love for his daughter but did not have legal rights over her.  The law in Taiwan doesn’t permit the biological father of a child to be legally registered as the parent if they were not married to the mother. Even though Mei’s mother disappeared long ago, Mei’s father, Wu-hsiung cannot be legally recognised as Mei’s guardian. The portrayal of the bureaucracy is very realistic. Quite a touching movie and one cannot help feeling sorry for Wu-hsiung who was portrayed as a good loving father.

Mother** Korean flick about a widow, Hye-ja and her obsessive love for her son who is mentally incapacitated on some level, which she seems to ignore. In the aftermath of a terrible murder, the son becomes the prime suspect. Hye-ja, distraught and convinced he is innocent, searches for the real killer, uncovering many secrets from the townspeople… with a twist to the ending.

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you – Kahlil Gibran