20 Nov 2010 – Two movies

Spring Fever* set in present day Nanjing, portrays contemporary China as a seething hotbed of erotic curiosity and discontent. Luo Haitao has been hired by Wang Ping’s wife to spy on the passionate relationship between her husband and another man, but slowly loses control of the situation. With his girlfriend, Li Jing, he is drawn in to the affair, overcome by dangerous malady that leads the heart and head astray to a damnable journey of jealousy and obsessive love.

There are both English & French subtitles and sometimes on top of each other, rather annoying. In addition, many of the scenes are far too dim, thus more confusion.  Not my type of movie!

Son of Babylon**** Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards and the winner for the Peace Film Award this year featured a movie from Iraq. A willful young boy follows his just as obstinate grandmother in a journey across Iraq, determined to discover the fate of her missing son, Ahmed’s father, who never returned from war. The sad consequences of wars where someone will lose a grandfather, father, father-in-law, husband, son, son-in-law, grandson, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, boyfriend, friend, lover, acquaintance etc… does this list justify wars???

Some of the other reasons besides winning the awards to watch this movie are thoughts of my Iraqi brother-in-law Khalid AMEEN who has been living in SIN since the 1970s. How does he feel with his family living in Iraq?

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace – John Lennon

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