Two films with a common theme: walking the walk. People trying to find that something that gives value to their lives. Young Charley is trying to start out but what is Edie at 83 trying to discover. Come along and find out because here there is a message to both young and old.
Lean on Pete
Lean on Pete avoids mawkish melodrama, offering an empathetic yet clear-eyed portrayal of a young man at a crossroads that confirms Charlie Plummer as a major talent.
The film follows fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson. He wants a home, food on the table and a high school he can attend for more than part of the year. As the son of a single father working in warehouses across the Pacific Northwest, stability is hard to find. Hoping for a new start they move to Portland, Oregon where Charley takes a summer job, with a washed-up horse trainer, and befriends a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete.
Showing Saturday July 14th and Sunday 15th at 2.30 p.m. only. Certificate 15.
Edith Moore (Edie) is a bitter, gruff woman in her eighties. In the months following her husband George’s death, Edie’s strained relationship with her daughter Nancy begins to worsen. The question over Edie’s future looms large; while Edie tries hard to convince Nancy she can manage fine by herself, Nancy is making plans for her mother to move to a retirement home. Edie feels like it is the beginning of the end. It seems she will die with all the regrets of her past intact and one regret haunts her most of all. When Edie was married, her father planned a climbing trip for them in the Scottish Highlands. Edie yearned to go, but her husband George, a difficult and controlling man, made her stay at home, nearly thirty years later, Edie decides to make the trip herself alone.
Showing July 13th for 7 days 8.00 pm and Monday 16th at 2.30 pm. Certificate 12A
The Lynton Lighthouse
Some people say all films should be entertaining? What do they mean and are they correct? ‘To entertain’ means to engage agreeably often in an amusing way. We all find different things engaging. Some are fascinated by war, some by romance – there are so many different things that fascinate people. The most successful films are those which combine multiple engaging themes like a wartime romance otherwise a film will appeal to a niche market.
All well made films should be engaging either agreeably or disagreeably. Whether we find them agreeable is purely subjective. I think all films should include humour because life includes humour – a film without humour is a film without life. ‘Land of Mine’ had humour. Didn’t a sense of humour keep many going through the war as it does through all bad times? – ‘Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry alone.’
To be controversial. I didn’t much care for the film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. Reading the books I imagined the orcs as Nazis and the war ravaged lands of Mordor as the French battle fields of the First World War but the film creates totally fictional monsters and landscapes. My book view seems to more accurately reflect Tolkien’s experience. Films which create visions of things to which we cannot relate can only be escapist time wasters. Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday was a classic comedy because it captivated the absurdities of real life. The Alice books of Lewis Carroll are not absolute nonsense because they describe very real philosophical and moral dilemmas and of course the characters are caricatures of real people. There are only two screen versions of the Alice books which do justice to the originals and they are made-for-TV versions. There seem to be no Sci-Fi films made today which are not just entertainment and they will not tell you anything about the future. You are not likely to meet anyone like their characters in real life nor are you likely to want to emulate them.
Although all films should be entertaining a really great film will be more than that. We become engaged with a film when the characters become real to us – when we weep at their distress or success in love and laugh at their foolishness when it chimes with our own.
Then pure entertainment can be elevated to a powerful drama – a drama which can affect and inform our lives.