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Throwback Thursday-The Little Traitor (2007)

Our children are not immune to the world around them. They can be amazingly perceptive and active, despite appearances.

In the 2007 movie, The Little Traitor, based off the Amos Oz book, Panter In The Basement, Proffy (Ido Port) is a young boy living in Israel just a short time before the British secede power to the Israelis. Caught up in the fervor of the potential of independence from Britain, Proffy is caught after curfew making trouble. Instead of arresting the boy, Sergeant Dunlop (Alfred Molina) takes him home. What transpires is an unlikely friendship. But when Proffy is caught by his friends with Sergeant Dunlop, he is put on trial for fraternizing with the enemy.

I found this movie to be very appealing. Not just because of my faith or the history of my people, but because these characters are human. Both Proffy and Sergeant Dunlop find a common ground and are able to maintain a friendship, despite the barriers that keep them apart. It is a reminder that at the end of the day, we are all human and we have much more in common than we think we do.

I recommend it.

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Throwback Thursday- Chocolat (2000)

Is there anything better than chocolate? There is something about this dessert that gets taste buds going all over the world.

In Chocolat (2000), Madame Audel (Juliette Binoche) is a single mother who moves to a rural French village with her daughter a few years after World War II. The town and it’s citizens, led by Comte de Reynaud (Alfred Molina) is a conservative one. Madame has the audacity to open her chocolate shop on Sunday, which happens to be across from the village church. While it arouses the curiosity of some of the town folk, others are hesitant and unsure about the latest addition to the town.  When a floating caravan of gypsies led by Roux (Johnny Depp) enters the town and befriends Madame, things really begin to stir.

This movie is one of the best of the early 2000’s. With an all star cast and an engaging story, this movie is enjoyable.

I recommend it.

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Throwback Thursday Part II- An Education

When we are young, we can’t wait to grow up. And then when we grow up…… and we find out that it’s not all that we thought it was.

An Education made it’s debut in 2009. It’s the story of Jenny (Carey Mulligan), a teenager in 1960’s London. Her father (Alfred Molina) has a goal of seeing his daughter receive her college degree from Oxford.  Her life changes when she meets David G0ldman (Peter Saarsgard), a man twice her age. David is very much the gentleman, to Jenny and her parents. Their relationship begins to turn romantic, but David may not be what he seems.

This movie is a very quiet movie, but in that quietness is the power.  Mulligan as teenage Jenny, represents the anxieties and pressures we all faced as teenagers. Molina, as Jenny’s father represents all our fathers when we were teenagers. He wants the best for her, but still does what every father of a teenager girl does. Saarsgard as David, represents the fantasy of being a teenager and taken away from the restrictive life to the freedom of being an adult.

This cast is full of actors who have played characters in Austen adaptations, with a Jane Eyre subplot.

What else does one need for a good movie?

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