Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Beyond - Pernilla August

Loved the movie, although its the sort that leaves you wiping tears for most of its duration.

A phone call from her dying mother, forces a woman to confront her childhood once again. To remember anew the painful wounds, pull up scabs which she had papered over so well, with her picture-perfect life, lovely kids and husband. She tries hard to avoid the meeting and the memories, but at every stage, juxtaposed against the happy present, the flashbacks take us to the unhappy past, the trauma of a household with an alcoholic father, and a mother who gradually seems to be sliding down the same path. What does an almost adolescent little girl, learn in a home like that? Why didn't her mom do anything?

Why do women continue in abusive relationships, continue loving their tormentors? There was a time when I would have given simplistic answers about society and finances. Now I'm not so sure anymore.

Was reminded of a quote by Oscar Wilde - 'Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them'.

Must watch, but keep the handkerchief handy..


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