Love is the Motor of the World

Watched “His Secret Life,” an Italian film from 2001 starring Stefano Accorsi. A wife comes to terms with her husbands death, and to an understanding of life in a dramatic way. She enters a deep friendship with an extended “family” of social outcasts headed by her husbands secret lover of seven years.

Second of the weekend was “El Crimen Del Padre Amaro.” The intensity of this modern adaptation of an 1875 Portugese novel was grippingly portrayed by the amazing Gael Garcia Bernal, a priest who finds that truth and devotion are ideals often out of reach despite very real ardor of faith. He fails in the same vein as his superior priest, even to the extent that his forbidden love is for the daughter of the woman his senior embraced before him.

3 thoughts on “Love is the Motor of the World”

  1. You may want to check out Gregg Araki’s new film, Mysterious Skin. It’s his best film to date… a film about sexual abuse done from the mindset of a young male prostitute. Powerful acting, great sense of mood and atmosphere, reminiscent of films like My Own Private Idaho, with a lovely score by Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd. should have a listing for it, if you’re still using BT.

  2. sounds interesting. i’ve gotta watch whatever movies i’m gonna watch this month while such subversiveness is legal and am pretty limited to netflix scheduling though.

  3. I’m sure you could always bittorrent such movies overseas, too.

    I’ve noticed that Singaporians actually help out quite often with some of the various fansubs (fan subtitled anime). Fansubs, unlike major Hollywood films, tend to be quietly approved of by their creators, as the fansub community helps to spread the word and develop a market for new anime series over here. It’s not just anime which is fansubbed, though… I’m currently watching an old Japanese samurai series, too.

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