.... And my favorite movies are....

nuovo cinema paradiso

Year: 1988             Running Time: 123 minutes       Country: Italy

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore            Music: Ennio Morricone

Cast: Philippe Noiret, Jacques Noiret, Jacques Perrin, Salvatore Cascio, Agnese Nano, Brigitte Fosey, Marco Leonardi, Antonella Attiu, Enzo Cannavale, Isa Daniele, Leo Gullota, Pupella Maggio and Leopoldo Trieste.

Synopsis: A young boy (Marco Leonardi) in a small Italian village is overjoyed when the local movie projectionist (Philippe Noiret) reveals to him the mysteries of moviemaking, beginning his lifelong love affair with cinema

This masterpiece was made with love and appreciation for the art, so Cinema Paradiso is a beautiful film that's unforgettable. Really I love this movie and I´m able to watch it again and again.......


Year:  2008                Running Time: 131 minutes           Country Japan

Director: Yojiro Takita        Music:   Joe Hisaishi

Cast: Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryoko Hirosue, Kazuko Yoshiyuki,  Kimiko Yo, Takashi Sasano, Toru Minegishi, Tetta Sugimoto, Yukiko Yachibana and Tatsuo Yamada.

Synopsis:  Daigo Kobayashi is a young married cellist who played in an orchestra that has just been disbanded. Suddenly on the street without a job and no hope for a career, Daigo decides to move back to his hometown with his wife. There he gets a job as a nokanshi, an "encoffiner", an undertaker, the man who ceremoniously washes and dresses the dead bodies and places them in coffins, sending them onto the next world. He is a bureaucrat, a gatekeeper between life and death. Daigo's work is despised by his wife and all the people around him, but it is through the death that he encounters daily that Daigo finally begins to understand what life is about. Until our own "departure" arrives, we must undertake to "send off" those we have loved. This holds true for the love between married couples, parents and children, and the ties that bind relatives, friends and colleagues.

Death is normal, and so are responsibilities, reconciliations and retreats from what we think are our dreams. When I watched it I realized about identifying ourselves, and loved ones, in life and death, "Departures" shows some people must be left just as they went. Simply beautiful!!

.... which is yours?

by Patricio