Dear Maui Cinemaphiles,
Before memories dim, I want to express my great joy in our last film experience, “Amour”. My response to the film was (as is always the case) quite personaI ….I confess to having avoided the film in NY, not wanting to “be depressed”. And, on my last evening in Maui(after an extended visit), I was definitely not in the mood for a “downer”, feeling already sad to be ending my sojourn in “paradise” and saying goodbye to so many good friends. However, the exquisite emotional authenticity of the film…the artistry of it… elevated a rather cloudy mood…much to my surprise. And, the depth and passion of the discussion which followed only enhanced the experience. As many of us have noted, moments from the film returned for days afterwards. Things like the imaginative foreshadowing of the nightmare, his dream of being strangled in the elevator, allowing him to prepare emotionally for his act of love. Each scene so carefully and sensitively developed. My “take away” from the evening was that however much we’ve heard it, art really enables one to get out of oneself…to transcend one’s finite existence. And, I don’t think a “comedy” would have uplifted me as much as this wonderful film…and your thoughtful responses. So, thank you , all, for allowing me to share in the wonderful Cinematiki with you! Until next time, warm aloha,
Carolyn Coudert (NYC)
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