By Mickey Lacroix
As you are probably well aware, Christmas and New Years are right around the corner. Both holidays fall on a Sunday this year, so many locations are closed on the following Mondays. As such, it might be easy to think that our Film for Film Lovers series would pack up its popcorn maker, and roll up the red carpet for these two weeks. This, however, is not the case. Not only will The Robert and Karin Moe Auditorium and Film Center be open on these two Mondays, but the movies selected for these weeks are timely choices reflective of the season.
For Monday, December 26th, the film committee has selected a powerful tale from Hong Kong, entitled “A Simple Life.” In a nutshell, the movie is about an older woman who has worked as a servant (an amah) who, upon having a stroke, decides she wants to move into a nursing home, so as not to become a burden on the family she has been caring for for over sixty years, and her relationship with the youngest son of the family. The film is ultimately a somber exploration of love, selflessness and finding contentment. The films message might just be particularly poignant right after the bustle of the Christmas holiday.
Whether or not you end up suffering a bit from toasting “auld lang syne” with one too many “good-will draughts” – CFABS will be presenting the 2004 French film “Changing Times” on Monday, January 2nd. In this film, two of Frances greatest modern actors, Gerard Depardeau and Catherine Deneuve team up to bring us a story about how a love from days gone by, (which is what “auld lang syne” means) never truly dies. In addition to being a fine love story, the movie might provide a little motivation to those of us who make New Year’s resolutions, but might need a little extra push to fight for those changes we want to make going forward.
We hope you’ll join us at one or both of these exceptional films. We’ll have the popcorn ready, a selection of beverages to help wash them down, and even if the carpets in our film center aren’t red, our staff and volunteers will be ready to give you the red carpet treatment when you arrive. Even if we don’t see you, all of us at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs hope you have a Festive Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.