Saturday, October 21, 2006

A Night Off




Friday evening was a night off from apartment searching. Raph & I ate home roasted rosemary-lemon chicken and watched movies we rented earlier in the day. Tom & Jerry for young boy and Dare mo shiranai (Nobody Knows) for me.

The latter, a Japanese docu-drama by director Hirokazu Kore-eda, re-tells the true tale that shocked Japan some years back of four siblings hiding out from the welfare system in a Tokyo apartment. There's much more to it but I don't want to give anything away. Kore-eda also directed After Life (Wandafuru Raifu) which, if you haven't seen, RUN! to the video store to rent. Its fresh & unique perspective will stay with you for years.

Perhaps, considering the intense stress of racing against the clock lately to find a new home, I should've chosen a different film. Because Nobody Knows resonated so strongly on levels of basic survival and protecting loved ones at any cost, that by the film's end I'd gone through half a box of tissues. It was a welcome release, however.

The movie won awards in Cannes and Chicago when it was released in 2004 and it's definitely worth a look-see, if for nothing else than to take in the characteristically Japanese self restraint and subtlety beautifully conveyed in the film.

Cross fingers. Hopefully signing a contract within days. (!)

8 comments:

Liza said...

Have duly crossed all fingers, and added toes for good measure. Will send positive vibes too, but this will cost you extra.

Keep us posted!

Stefanella said...

You don't, by chance, live in Israel with that "it'll cost xtra" bit?

Swollen said...

Will cross all fingers and toes as well. Probably too far away for good vibes though!

steveyyz

Liza said...

OMG! Have I really been here that long?!?! Oh no...

Okay, okay. I'll throw in the positive vibes for free. :-P

Stefanella said...

Steve: You always got my back. Thanks, homey.

Liza, LOL. Wait wait. I'll go one better: Will you make me a special price because I'm "your friend"? AHHHHHH !!!!!

Liza said...

Uncle! Uncle! I give up! Just don't tell anyone I gave you such a good deal. I'm not going to make any profit on this at all now...

Stefanella said...

LOL LOL. You win. wink wink. *sigh* that was fun..

Liza said...

Woohoo! I win! Happy dance, happy dance!

Ugh. How pathetic am I? (Rhetorical question - no need to answer or speculate...)

Note to self - Find hobbies. Get out of the house more.