Saturday, January 24, 2009

I cried...I knelt...I prayed.

It struck me and I cried...I really cried...not a small tear drop at the side of my eye but a heart wrenching good cry...

And the thing is I wasn't crying for some endearing character's untimely demise nor was I crying for a really sad breakup scene. I was crying for myself. I was crying for the humanity I didn't feel in myself for a very long time. And as the film played, it aroused in me in me an emotion I cannot help but express in tears both painful and yet freeing.

In Yasmin's own words Talentime is about "A music teacher, who is herself a great performer is organising an inter-school talentime. Through the days of auditions, rehearsals and preparations, running up to the big day of the contest, the characters get embroiled in a world of heightened emotions - ambition, jealousy, human comedy, romance, heartbreak - all of which culminate in a day of great music and performances."

Yasmin also mentioned that the idea behind Talentime: That as humans, we have to go through a lot of pain and some measure of suffering before we can reach greater heights.

The film weaved a deceivingly simple but very honest tale of the celebration and affliction that is life. I admire how effortlessly Yasmin creates characters we love and then use them almost as prophets to show us in a most loving and endearing way how we've gone wrong and how ugly we can be; to how we all can still be beautiful angels shrouded in redemption and grace. I also love how in the film, Yasmin shows that irrelevant moments in life that we share with our love ones makes it all the more beautiful and rellevant.

It is truly one of the most affecting film I have ever seen if not the most...and I believe that all of us will be better for seeing it. This may sound overly dramatic but I found myself wanting to say sorry to an enemy I've hated for too long and I also wanted to tell my parents I love them so.

Talentime is Yasmin Admad's latest film to be released sometimes in March this year. And I tell you that even though I have seen it, I will be the first in queue at the Cinema come it's opening.

After the screening...I had an unfortunate bicker with someone I do care about alot that arose from her I say sorry. I was hurtful.

I want to celebrate the goodness in life and just love; but as hard as I try sometimes in this life, flawed as we are as humans we create afflictions and pain...but there's hope I guess, in our failing we can only aspire to be better through our daily lessons from tribulations and our prayers to a greater God.

After watching Yasmin film...I woke up this morning at 6 am happy and as the deep blue sky awaits the morning sun I walked to a corner of my room knelt and pray.

Yasmin is never ashamed of her admiration of great filmmakers. I honestly feel I don't deserve being called a filmmaker after watching this. Yasmin is the filmmaker and I hope she keeps making films like this...


valc said...

well written Linus,i am sure you will have the breakthrough.

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