22 September 2014

Emotional Arithmetic


Emotional Arithmetic 2007
  • Director: Paola Barzman
  • Based on the novel by Matt Cohen
  • Cast: Susan Sarandon, Gabriel Byrne, Christopher Plummer, Max Von Sydow, Roy Dupuis
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Susan Sarandon  White Castle, Thelma and Louise, Anywhere but Here, Dead Man Walking, Little Women, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Client, Romance & Cigarettes, The Exonerated, The Banger Sisters, Igby Goes Down, The Cradle Will Rock, Earthly Possessions, Lorenzo’s Oil, The January Man, Bull Durham, The Witches of Eastwick, Compromising Positions, Atlantic City
    • Gabriel Byrne – Quirke, Jindabyne, Wah-Wah, Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Dead Man, The Usual Suspects, Little Women, Miller’s Crossing, Gothic, Excalibur
    • Christopher Plummer – Sound of Music, A Beautiful Mind, The Lake House, The Twelve Monkeys, Dolores Claiborne, Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
    • Max von Sydow – Utvandrarna, Invandrarna, Nybyggarna, Robin Hood, Shutter Island, Awakenings, Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd, Voyage of the Damned, The Exorcist, Vargtimmen
    • Roy Dupuis – Jésus de Montreal
  • Why? Gabriel Byrne. Sounded good.
  • Seen:  September 13, 2014
1985, rural Quebec. Melanie, who seems to have mental problems, lives on a farm with her husband, son and grandson, not altogether harmoniously. Into the somewhat tense situation come two people, Jacob and Christopher, from Melanie’s past, from the time she spent in the concentration camp Drancy, outside of Paris. The last stop before the death camps.
Old Jacob is haunted by the memories of Christopher and Melanie as children in the camp. Christopher and Melanie are haunted by the love they as children had for each other.
All of these stirred up memories bring chaos to the family on the farm in Quebec.  The past and the present intertwine. The pain from the past seeps into the present. As it has always done in the family.
It’s very low key, very slow. But the tension and drama become quite gripping.
The story of how the Holocaust is still with us can never be told often enough.

3 * of 5

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