Monday, February 17, 2014
"When the dream dreams you, rather than the other way around."
Let's see...how can I motivate you, get you to watch one of the most remarkable movies I've ever seen. A movie that opened in 2007, and slipped away, virtually unnoticed and unmentioned.
It's based on a tale by Lord Dunsany, who lived from 1878-1957, and published more than 80 books, plays, and stories. He's described as a Fantastist, and as I pretty much loathe fantasy, that description wouldn't have worked for me, and it may not work for you, either.
And to summarize the plot would do the wonder of it all a disservice.
The movie stars Peter O'Toole, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, and Jeremy Northam, and explores the actual and emotional power and submission of masters, parents, servants, children and animals. Loss, humor, friendship, death, and future possibilities. The forces of freedom versus belonging, the equal beauty we find and wrenching price we pay whether we choose instinct over civilization, or civilization over instinct. And how, when an emotion is left, unaccepted, it will dominate a life.
The dialog is Britishfully witty -- you know, the way the best Brit artists blow both cool and warm. Be warned, the last third of the movie will break your heart.
The trailer doesn't reveal much, but here it is. (The movie streams on Netflix, maybe you can get it on Amazon.)
"It's only the closed mind that is certain."