Lives Well Lived seeks to bring us the experience of a group of forty men and women aged 76-103 who have come to their knowledge of what makes a good life by having lived long enough to look back.
The Heart of Nuba is the story of American doctor, Dr. Tom Catena, who works in Mother of Mary Hospital in Sudan, among the Nuba Mountains. It is the only hospital for hundreds of miles, and he is the only doctor. The tagline for the film is: “One doctor. One Hospital. One million patients.”
This is one of the great examples of having a film that entertains well and at the same time goads our minds into active thought. It is very much like a cross-cultural extended parable.
the opening shot of Bye Bye Germany, we watch a three-legged dog happily trotting through a street that turns out to be in a post-war displaced persons camp in Frankfort. While that dog has next to nothing to do with the plot of this light-hearted (yet not quite comic) tale, it makes for an interesting way to understand the characters we meet.
Tales of mystery and suspense are often a search for truth. But what if you aren’t sure that truth is even knowable? Is memory a way into the truth or is it so flawed that it clouds the truth?
For the most part, though, this is a film that tries to understand Ted Kennedy through these events. It is neither a complimentary picture nor a character assassination. Rather he comes across as someone who wants to do the right thing, but he isn’t quite sure how to do what everyone wants from him.
The dynamic of change and lack of change is explored in the family drama Back to Burgundy. It is the story of the reunion of three siblings on their family’s vineyard. There is much that is the same as it has always been, but also much that changes day by day.
On the surface, this looks like a date night movie for the Leisure World set. But the wisdom the film imparts can be absorbed by people of any age.
“And yet she persisted” is a political statement in the US. It speaks to women seeking a voice to speak to power. But a woman’s persistence takes on a much deeper importance in the Tunisian film Beauty and the Dogs.
One of the points that Vanier makes in the film is that “L’Arche is not a utopia, but a hope.” It is that sense of hope in the community of people who care for and about one another that is the real value of the film.