Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mid-Week Matinee Splat

Oh man, I’ve got it all in my head. A leaping summersault over sunny personalities, trips to Italy that were as far from churches as you can get, love in the afternoon -- as many afternoons as you can count on all fingers and toes, birth certificates, and adoption.

Could I do it? Could I vault them all and stick the landing? No I could not. Now my ankle is throbbing.

Someday I’ll find the wire that keeps me afloat long enough to finish the piece. Until then, I can’t even post a legitimate mid-week matinee, as this movie has fallen off the edge of our flat earth. Toto Le Heros is from Belgium, 1991, or thereabouts. And all that’s left for now is this

A touch creepy? The director was a clown. Really. And only made two films.

It’s about a child who may or may not have been switched at birth. A child who grew up watching someone else live his perfect life.

More to the point, the movie is about memory, what we choose to remember -- how, when we play too long and obsessively with all the moving parts, we'll construct some kind of past, but it won't be ours.

25 comments:

  1. I've seen it. John showed it to me. I thought we had a copy until I went to look for it this morning. I'm not sure where he got it but he sometimes sings the song.

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  2. Memory is a wonderful and inexpensive alternative to therapy. I can't recommend it enough.

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  3. "It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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  4. Brenda, If anyone would know, it's Fitzgerald.

    All memories, or just the convenient ones, Kelly?

    Oh please, Petrea. If you can find it let me borrow. I find it incredible that such a genius only made two films. Then again, Harper Lee only wrote one book.

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  5. “Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today's events.”

    Einstein

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  6. I forgot what i was going to say!. Richard

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  7. An interesting comment; did you really colored the historical events ... in right color.

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  8. Some memories would be better forgotten.

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  9. "Try to hold on to the bad ones and forget the good ones. Stay thoroughly depressed and joyless, "

    ~ Stan Boneykneed, Alcoholic Clown Tips

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  10. I looked at your link, plus a couple more. My alarm went off for highfalutin European pseudo-intellectualism. I need more evidence, of course, but I doubt I'll seek it out, unless you start cheering for the flick. The tune is weirdly catchy . . .

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  11. Amish, you made me laugh.

    Marjie, you know, I was including that. Maybe the problem with my piece is that I couldn't leave anything out.

    Oh Banjo, for once your instincts are wrong. I love this movie, and am cheering, cheering.

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  12. Is it a musical? kind of a heavy concept considering the movie clip. C'est la vie and thumbs up for the Nash

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  14. Fitzgerald wrote that? I imagine you would coin the concept obasiste (wv).

    adieu, and scideno,

    bandit

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  15. Not a musical. Toto (he's an old man now) is constantly reinventing and recasting his personal history. In this scene, his father is lip-syncing to Trenet.

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  16. What a quirky film. Despite your cheering, I'm more interested in the piece you teased us with in the first couple of paragraphs.

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  17. Very smart writing there. Have you been reading Proust?

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  18. Like the car washing scene, could it be done today, maybe in Ca.

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  19. Here's one for the End of the week. Initially I thot this was PB. But since I really know nuttin about the entertainment biz, I was mistaken.
    However, I think u wood enjoy playing this part: KB as the Big Zapper

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  20. CP, that looks as a dangerous woman.

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  21. What a great clip! I can't believe I haven't seen this movie before. Must put it on my list. I like these offbeat types of movies. Wouldn't it be fun to have a day spent in a world like that? Well, a whole day might be a bit much. Fun song though.

    Hope your ankle heels soon so we can experience your leaping summersault. Sounds like it'll be quite a show.

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  22. I looked Jaco Van Dormael up on Netflix, his three other films are listed for saving, maybe we should start a campaign?

    Your ankle is hurting? I did that last fall. I felt so foolish, until then I had never sprained anything in my life. I guess if you live long enough you'll experience everything...

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  23. I strain metaphorically way too often.

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