WELCOME to our new theme: Light & Dark. For our #tbt Shefali and Rebecca each picked a film that treads the line between light and dark.
Swiss Army Man
This is the perfect example of Light and Dark that I can not take all the credit for thinking of (thank you my lovely roommate, Jocelyn Lee for the reminder). But the reason this film so perfectly encapsulates the theme is because it was literally built around one fart joke. Paul Dano, perfectly sums up how he was approached to do the project from creators 'The Daniels', “One of the earliest things I remember the Daniels telling me was, 'Is it possible to make a film where the first fart makes you laugh and the last fart makes you cry?'”
YA IT IS POSSIBLE. Although this movie starts about a farting corpse, Dano and Radcliffe bond in a truly ridiculous way and one emotional ride later--you can't help, but shed a tear. I don't want to give any spoilers though so go watch the film to see just how they do it!! Ahh I forgot how disturbing, yet emotionally cathartic this movie was. Let the rewatch begin.
Perfetti Sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers) (2016)
There are few tropes I love more than a “one-room” dinner party gone awry. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Carnage, The Dinner Party episode of The Office...there’s something about watching a group of adults self-destruct within the boundaries of what is supposed to be the most civilized of social gatherings that’s both hilarious and heartbreaking, and wholly appealing to the anti-social part of my brain. Trapped by social conventions of politeness (don’t leave until after dessert!), the concept of a dinner party is claustrophobic. Add the pressure of pretending you actually want to be there/ are interested in the conversation/ wouldn’t rather be at home watching The Barefoot Contessa, and the dining room becomes a powder keg. And I AM HERE. FOR. IT.
Enter Perfetti Sconosciuti, a dinner-party-gone-wrong film for the age of modern technology. A group of 7 lifelong friends (3 couples in various stages of togetherness and one bachelor with a possibly non-exisitent girlfriend) come together for a dinner party and decide to spice things up by playing a game. Everyone puts their phones on the table, and every text, phone call, or alert that comes in over the course of the night must be read and answered aloud. As one can imagine, things get MESSY. Secrets are revealed, and drama ensues. Infidelities, misunderstandings, longstanding rivalries and insecurities are all brought to a head. It's heartbreaking at times, and farcical at others, just like life. Perfect Strangers begs the question, is it worth it knowing everyone's secrets when we all lie? How private can our private lives actually be under the reign of the iPhone?
Bear in mind I watched this on an airplane so my appreciation of it might be inflated, but I really liked it at 36,000 feet. Added bonus: because it’s an Italian film, the food served actually looks amazing. Sorry Jan, but your Osso Bucco can’t compare.