If Terence Davies gets one thing right: it is intergenerational trauma and how that impacts family dynamics. How we only see challenging behaviours that are so hard to understand when we haven't ourselves lived our loved one's horrors. We only see a wilful and negative man poisoned by life's banal cruelty. And so we, too, react with anger until love overrides misunderstanding until the next flare-up of miscommunication and hurt. We want to tell them to lighten up and enjoy…
"In this shit hole of a school, baseball was my only flower. I staked my life on the bat, my dreams on my pitches. Watch me make the spirit of baseball bloom. In the midst of the roaring crowd, a glimpse of my mother's face. Even a fool like me, she's always there to love. Always ready to smile. I love you so much for that."
For kids that break each other's faces and walk around with murderous intent, they sure are a poetic bunch. This film kind of blew me away.
My Toshiaki Toyoda Starter Pack - Film One
Thanks for the recommendation, Jack Russo!
I read in an interview with the director that the film took inspiration from nightmares she was having about her childhood and adolescence. No wonder this film hit me like a ton of bricks. The visceral memories of interpersonal trauma are like daggers in this film. Above all, Eun-hee is incredibly lonely; and every time that she confides in someone, she gets burnt. It's unsurprising then that Eun-hee has fits of rage, given everything that she is put through, and…