Monday, March 11, 2013

My film recommendation for the year

One of the definite signs of old age parenthood is that rather than looking forwards to the release date of a new film, you are actually counting the months until that film is finally released on DVD. And then you can sit on your sofa with a glass of wine in your hand and enjoy the film without having to worry about the length of the adverts like you do (or I do) in the cinema -as you don't want to be home too late for your babysitter!

I am praying for one of my sisters to marry a Geordie and move over here so I can have a babysitter around the corner*. Whilst waiting that to happen going to cinema is more like an annual event in the Lindsey household.

Last year we saw Skyfall, the year before The King's Speech and this year we have already used up our quota and seen Les Miserables. We saw a brilliant film called The Concert too not too long ago but not sure which year. The tagline in the advertisement was 'if you only see one film this year make sure it is this' - so we did and loved it. There might have been one or two more that we saw. I have a recollection of one of my sisters coming over (from Finland) to visit us and we went to cinema while she was here but can't remember which sister or which film so that doesn't count!

We have a lovely cinema in Newcastle with leather sofas and a bar so you can sit on the sofa there with a glass in your hand and worry about the length of the adverts, as you do when you have to be back on time for your babysitter...The building has well restored 1920s decor and reminds you about why you should go to cinema (if you had unlimited supply of babysitters).

Anyway, they have a lovely tearooms there too so when in town we quite often pop in there for a cuppa (and ice cream for young sir) and usually leaf through the brochure of films that are showing/coming soon. More than a year ago they were showing a film called Untouchable, a French film about disability based on a true story. And I really really really wanted to see it but didn't manage to do so.

Finally, it was out on DVD few weeks ago so we ordered it and watched it last weekend. It was brilliant. Definitely worth the wait. I have not laughed so much for years if ever when watching a film. It challenged the way we perceive disability but because it was true story it somehow made it feel right rather than provoking thoughts for the sake of it or poking fun. So if you only watch one film this year, my recommendation would be Untouchable (followed by the Concert).

*for the record, we do have couple of lovely babysitters who live around the corner and are very thankful for them but you can't really ask them to babysit as often as you could ask your sister!

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