I have recently watched a wonderful movie directed by James Brooks, called Spanglish. Yes, I might be the only person who has not seen this (I believe it is an early 2000s movie) movie but I loved it so much I wanted to share my thoughts with you guys.
The film is a romantic-comedy similar to a classic sitcom. I am a huge fan of comedies and this movie made me laugh a lot. The characters and the choice of actors are very well picked. Famous faces such as Adam Sandler, Paz Vega and Tea Leoni deliver cultural messages with great humour. Throughout the movie I felt sympathy for the characters. Especially character playing the immigrant mother evoked some deep feelings that you don’t often see in a comedy. The message of cultural tolerance was delivered in a way that still kept the movie funny which was impressive.
The films plot is about an immigrated poor single mother Flor and her daughter, from Mexico. It portrays their journey to a better life in America and the struggles they face. The mother has a language barrier, she does not know how to speak English very well. The film narrated by Flor’s daughter Christina. Flor gets a job by a wealthy American family as a maid/nanny because she wants to keep her daughter from suburbs and wants to better life for her daughter.
I appreciated the fact that American people are not portrayed as arrogant and negative in order to deliver a message in this movie as it is often done in others. They managed to show discrimination and cultural conflict in such a way that is impactful yet not gloom which is difficult.
The Spanglish film show us that the life is hard everyone but if we look at bright side, we can bear the lives difficulties. I loved the fact that the single immigrant mother is full of hope and she is struggling with the daily life for her daughter’s future. We learn that from the film, where there is life there is hope.
If you haven’t already seen this movie I highly recommend it as I think Spanglish is the perfect romantic comedy-drama. I love finding movies that has a message and is uplifting for those times when you are feeling a little down and blue. The film shows us that we should look optimistic to each other and we can learn different culture for living peace. It is absolutely worthy of watch.
A few months ago I visited London and there was Klimt / Schiele exhibition by the Royal Academy, so pleased I finally got to see the exhibition. Schiele and Klimt were abstracted with the fragility of life. Also, Schile painted on cheap packing paper and it is part of a “memento mori” series showing different stages of life. On the other hand, the exhibit was a bit small and lacking contexts. However, It was so worth a visit because we focused on the drawings of two contemporaneous artists and it was really informative. In addition, I want to share some biography and paintings photos about Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) and Egon Schiele (1890-1918).