When people give me a film recommendation, I take this with a ‘grain of
salt.’ There are so many different interests, particular patterns to people’s
choices in what they choose to watch. This is true of television, movies,
theater, music and cultural events. There are some universal choices that
almost everyone enjoys once in awhile. International movies, where the
cinematography and images are breath-taking and fantastic, are ones that
I am thrilled to receive from someone I admire and pass on to others, too.
My friend, Beth, who writes about all kinds of international subjects,
along with her home town of Ann Arbor, Michigan and her little ones
that she teaches, included “Vivan Las Antiopodes” as one of her posts.
Here is her blog:
We have some kindred sisterhood, which I admit I have been close to
several other bloggers along the way, with similar tastes and interests.
Beth has a reason for her interest in Australia and grandchildren, yet
even I am sometimes surprised at such details as liking the same kind
of ice cream that we have connections beyond what I generally find in
my community and home town.
So, to get this movie, I had to mention my interest to the librarian,
who got online to seek whether it was located in our own library or
a part of our district library in Delaware County. Nope! It was from
Greene County, Ohio, the town of Xenia, where this film was sent for.
I watched it and took notes. I then re-watched it while eating dinner
the next night. It is awesome, beyond description in its simple theme
of how across the world, we are all similar. It is complex, in its terrains
and cultural differences. These four cities, chosen because they are
exactly diametrically opposed on the globe, are called, “antipodes.”
If you watch this, the picture gradually slants from the one place to
glide effortlessly, circuitously into the other one. It is hard to explain
but it shows the world on its axis, so to speak, literally turning from
the one location to the next. The dizzying effect is exhilarating!
Then it is philosophical, here in my own words, I try to explain the
effect this film had upon me:
“We are all mankind.
Look at us, trying to eke out existence where there are few resources.
This is for the desert and sparse land where hardly any green exists.
Where there are miles between homes, across divergent tundras of land.
Trying to make our way among a crowded city, winding between others,
taking care not to enter the personal spaces, but sometimes colliding.”
I felt the movie has themes that are universal, no need to try to interpret
or have the languages translated. Why worry about the subtexts? Just
watch this movie for all the reasons Beth mentioned, along with this
short summary of textures I tried to capture in words. There are so many
dimensions, you will see this if you check out Beth’s post on this, too.