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I missed seeing hannah (2018) on the big screen. This film co-funded by euroimages of the council of europe did not ways to make money with money get a wide distribution in london but a friend alerted ways to make money with money me. She recommended the most depressing film about an old woman ways to make money with money she had ever seen and wanted to know what I ways to make money with money thought. She knows that I do not like to be influenced ways to make money with money by being told what the film is about so I ways to make money with money had no preconceptions.

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The opening close-up is of charlotte rampling making odd disturbing unnatural sounds. I interpreted this as a woman in deep distress, possibly demented and the next sequence as a session of ways to make money with money psychological workshop for people needing to express their distress. I wondered why the face closeup filled only half of ways to make money with money the wide screen. This framing was common throughout the film.

As the film progressed I desisted from this interpretation as ways to make money with money rampling seemed to operate normally going to acting workshops, swimming, working as a cleaner and child minder, baking, using public transport. But I became more and more irritated by the greys, browns and different shades of cold blue of the settings, by rampling’s cropped closeups appearing more often than not on the ways to make money with money side of the screen with a dark area on the ways to make money with money other half. The long sequences, the brown vertical lines appearing regularly in some scenes, the stairs, the long sequences of waiting for the train? Tube?, the multitude of stairs, children running, the dog not eating, all details of the mise-en-scene are designed to force you to make sense of ways to make money with money a film that has no story. One is forced to interpret the signs and try and ways to make money with money fit them in a non existing narrative. I felt insulted by the scene – a too obvious image – where she emasculates (is this the right word?) the lilies after being rejected by her son. The sequences about a beached dead whale and the walk ways to make money with money to the dustbin in the back of buildings seem to ways to make money with money be cuts of another film.

I sought help in the reviews. It seems that most of them picked out some of ways to make money with money details in the film to support their own interpretations which ways to make money with money are often contradictory. In so doing they construct a story by ignoring other ways to make money with money significant sequences. The late divulging of the reason for the husband’s incarceration in particular is left for viewers to imagine ways to make money with money or ignore and the reviewers to be so divided in ways to make money with money their assessments.

A bleak film about modern life for the up and ways to make money with money coming rich of london and their disfunctional relationships. A mother trapped and dominated by her husband and not ways to make money with money really happy with the role she was forced into; a daughter who blames mother’s lack of affection for her current unhappiness; a son who is successful in the accepted sense of ways to make money with money the word but has no time for love or enjoyment ways to make money with money of his family, his kids glued to TV or machines; his friend, who has failed to make it rich and works as ways to make money with money a builder for his rich friend – resentfully, as it turns out.

BUT the start of the relationship between the mother and ways to make money with money the younger man seemed to me to have real tenderness ways to make money with money and enjoyment of each other on both sides, and I was surprised by his coke fuelled, bitter, cruel outburst later. He can only relate at a superficial level and seemingly ways to make money with money deals with his feelings of failure/loneliness/alienation by having lots of sex. As usual the women are shown wanting a full, emotionally engaging relationship, whereas he finds their demands for such a thing ultimately ways to make money with money controlling and destructive.Is this more the norm for many men in our ways to make money with money society – sexual relationships leading to responsibilities which they fear? Man still meant to be the eventual provider? As illustrated by the son and his wife.

Of the 24 people who came to the film session ways to make money with money of EON only 16 stayed for the discussion. One member (the one male member of three who stayed for the ways to make money with money discussion) declared that the only good point of the film was ways to make money with money that the older woman enjoyed having sex. He was reminded that her desire was in the context ways to make money with money of unpleasant selfish family. The majority of contributions were about the betrayal of the ways to make money with money daughter by her mother and the impossibility of suspending disbelief ways to make money with money . Nobody saw in the film a challenge to stereotype. (see previous blog the mother or thatcher britain )

In my 60s death was remote, the past was safely tucked away in an effort to ways to make money with money deal with retirement and negotiating my identity as an ‘old woman’. Nowadays the past and death are familiar visitors. I viewed EAAD again and was shocked by its impact ways to make money with money on me. The gender of the protagonist alexander did not seem relevant ways to make money with money since the poetic and sometimes intriguing treatment of his memories ways to make money with money and of his coming to terms with death touched me ways to make money with money deeply. Although I am not terminally ill, at 84 my brain often revisits the past in a ways to make money with money sort of life review exercise and memories surface unexpectedly.

The travelling and panning shots, the stills, the long takes (average shot length (around 2mins), the importance of buildings, the contrasts between the sea views and the noisy cars ways to make money with money in dark streets, the sometimes imperceptible editing between different time frames, the colours, the subtle acting, the music and the poetic script and language all contribute ways to make money with money to the impact of the film.

My first surprise was alexander’s first memory triggered by the reading of a letter ways to make money with money from his deceased wife anna by his daughter. The memory was of a visit of the extended family ways to make money with money on the birth of his daughter. While the titles flashback sequence showed alexander as a child, I perceived him in the following memories as the observer ways to make money with money of past events.

It is the image of human shapes hanging on the ways to make money with money border wire that gave me a clue of how to ways to make money with money interpret the film. The shapes were definitely not human and yet expressed poignantly ways to make money with money the tragedy of refugees. This image made me reluctant to interpret the scenes featuring ways to make money with money the 8 years old refugee boy with no name and ways to make money with money alexander’s trip to the border as a realist description. It is when I read the scenes featuring the child ways to make money with money not only as a comment on the exploitation of refugee ways to make money with money children but also as a device to expose alexander examining ways to make money with money the last hours of his life that I could make ways to make money with money sense of certain scenes. (however I am still pondering on the image of the ways to make money with money three cyclists dressed in yellow at the end of the ways to make money with money film)

Alexander and his carer: it is to his kind carer that he declares that ways to make money with money he is going to die. She offers her help and support but he refuses. His visit to her village is surreal. The wedding ceremony involving the whole village and the bride ways to make money with money and groom dance is interrupted. Alexander asks his carer to look after his dog. The ceremony stops and starts again. For me these sequences show interest in the greek traditions ways to make money with money but also the way the needs of the boss prevail ways to make money with money over those of the employed.

Alexander and his daughter: the relationship is very interesting. The first memory sequence occurs when his daughter reads aloud ways to make money with money her mother’s letter. This memory is full of the joy of the baby’s birth. The extended family visit and view the baby in a ways to make money with money cradle on the beach and socialise. But in real time there is a cold contact with ways to make money with money the daughter and son-in-law who refuse to look after the dog and have ways to make money with money sold the house that is due to be demolished. He does not divulge that he is dying.

The self absorption of the poet and distance from his ways to make money with money wife are well represented. Anna: all you think about is your book… I am trying to kidnap you between two books… you live your own life beside us beside your daughter ways to make money with money and me but not with us… I know one day you’ll leave. On the beach during a party when he leaves her ways to make money with money to climb the cliff and relive his childhood she calls ways to make money with money him traitor twice.

MAN:… maria must you walk away when I’m talking to you. I don’t see why you have to be angry. We need new artistic forms maria … we need new forms of expression and if we can’t have them better to have nothing.… she gets up… why do you walk away when I am talking to ways to make money with money you? She drops the the bouquet of flowers she was holding ways to make money with money and walks away. He runs after her off the bus.

She comes back to the bed … the knives and forks the silver ones, my dowry, where have you put them. She nearly falls and alexander catches her and helps her ways to make money with money back onto the bed : yesterday they were still here. He sits back on the chair and looks at her. … why mother why didn’t anything work out the way we expected? Why why must we rot helplessly torn between pain and ways to make money with money desire why have I lived my life in exile. Why have I felt at home only in those rare ways to make money with money moments when granted the grace to speak my language my ways to make money with money own language when I could still recover lost words or ways to make money with money retrieve forgotten words from the silence. Why is it that only then could I hear the ways to make money with money sound of my footsteps echoing in my house again why?. He kisses her on the forehead. Tell me mother. Turns the light off. He walks to the door in the dark: … T ell me mother ? Why didn’t we know how to love?

Goodbye to the boy: in the next sequence the boy comes to say goodbye ways to make money with money and the two hug and declare their mutual fear. I see this as alexander saying goodbye to his introspections. The next sequence is the highly praised bus sequence. Here we see a relaxed smiling alexander observing the passengers ways to make money with money – and himself- in a detached manner: the political activist, the student couple, the musicians, the poet. The poet declares life is sweet.

The front doors open to reveal a baby in a ways to make money with money pram watched by grandmother, people in white are singing. Anna comes towards him. He walks towards her:… anna, shall we dance? I know you don’t like me to but today is my day. They dance in close loving contact and kiss … anna I’m not going to the hospital I’m not going … to the hospital anna I’m not going… I’d like to make plans for tomorrow ………

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