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Movie Review: Submarino

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Synopsis:

A pair of brothers are responsible for their baby brother Martin because their mother is an alcoholic.

One day, they both wake up and find their baby brother dead.

Fast forward to the adult versions, the older brother Nick uses violence to deal with his problems.  He also washes away his misery with alcohol.

He is friends with another woman from the apartment who he visits for sexual favors.

Nick meets one of his old friend who is somewhat slow and socially awkward.  Nick finds out that his friend is a virgin so they visit a prostitute house.  They are turned down so Nick brings his friend to meet the woman at the apartment.

Nick leaves and when he comes back he finds out his friend killed the woman because she wouldn’t stop screaming.  Nick takes the rap for the death.

Nick’s brother is also grown up with a kid.  The kid’s name is Martin.  His wife had been killed in a car accident.

Nick’s brother is a drug addict and depends on heroin to get through the day.  Social services are threatening to take the boy away if he can’t bring in any income.

The father and son are inseparable, but because of his drug addiction, he often passes out and forgets to take Martin to school or buy him any food to eat.

Things get desperate when he turns to selling heroin on the street to support his kid, but the police find him and put him in jail.

His kid Martin is placed in a foster care.   He becomes de-moralized and commits suicide.

The ending of the story, you find Martin and his uncle Nick at the funeral service.

Final Thoughts:

This movie grabs your attention and never lets go for the rest of the movie.

It seems that death follows this family throughout the whole movie.  Each turn of events revolves around the death of a baby, a woman, a mother, or a brother.

This is true in everyone’s life, but one doesn’t realize the significance of it as much as it is hi-lighted in this movie.

This is a dark, surreal, and cold movie.

I give it 5 stars because it depicts accurately the lives of those who do not have much, yet are constantly being challenged to put up with more and more.

Ratings:

5/5

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Movie Review: Jagten (The Hunt)

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Synopsis:

A male care-take Lucas at a child care center is accused of sexual abuse.  The event never happened, but the girl who accused it was just making it up.

When she brings it up, her teachers and parents want to believe it to be true because they argue that a child cannot make these kind of things up.

Quickly the Lucas’ life is turned upside down.  All his friends with kids turn on him.  The community including the stores do not welcome in there anymore.

Only a few people stand by his side including his new girlfriend, his son, and one of his friends.

After a hearing, the judge concludes that he isn’t guilty.  Despite this, the community is convinced that he got away with murder.

They harass Lucas, throw rocks into his house, and kill his dog.

One day, the man confronts the girl’s father at church.  They used to be best-friends before the incident happened.  From his intuition, he can tell now that his friend is really innocent.

He forgives his friend and brings him food for Christmas night.

A year passes by and everyone is coming together to celebrates Lucas’ son first hunt.  Lucas gives his son a rifle and they go on a deer hunt in the forest.

The last scene show Lucas alone in the forest when out of no where a bullet buzzes past his face and hits a tree 1 feet away from him.

He looks up the hill and sees the outline of a figure.

The movie ends there.

Final Thoughts:

This movie dives deeply into the scenario of what happens when everyone believes in a lie.

It is extremely frustrating to see everyone become so blinded by what they want to believe which causes them to lose all sense of the truth.

One wonders throughout the whole movie, who is to blame for all of this?  Is the child false accusing at fault?  Is the Lucas at fault?  Is the community at fault?

Perhaps this movie illustrates the inconsistencies that we live with.  Perhaps this movie shows how we can all by hypocrites.

For sure, it shows the gray area that lies in between reality and truth.

Ratings:

5/5

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