So for someone who doesn’t usually watch movies in cinemas (maybe once or twice a year), I’ve been watching quite a few lately! I watched three movies this past month. Two were Aussie films, which I don’t think I’ve ever watched before. (Not sure if Russell Crowe’s “The Water Diviner” counts. It seems to be a bit more Hollywood-y.)
One of the movies I watched was “Girl Asleep.” I went with zero expectations. Unlike before, where I would watch trailers, read reviews, etc. before going into a movie, I now go in not knowing anything at all. It’s worked better for me, for the most part, haha.
It’s described as a coming-of-age story… I was initially worried it would be a bit too teeny-boppy, but it was smart and beautiful and the kind of movie I’d watch over and over again to learn something new.
I went with a girl friend of mine who I hadn’t seen in a while. After the movie, she shared how the movie touched her because it reinforced a message she’d been getting the past few months. I won’t share it here because it’s quite personal and it’s her story. It struck me though because I had taken something totally different!
There’s a scene in the movie… where Greta’s mother is shown as the ice queen, standing atop musical boxes, smashing them in a frenzy. When Greta protests at why she’s destroying them, she answers: Because it’s not the music I remember. (Not the actual words, which I can no longer recall.) It spoke to me of an older woman’s regret, cold and bitter, holding on to the past, refusing to accept the beauty of things as they were because it wasn’t what she had remembered or imagined.
The movie was set in the 1970s, and the colours and shots were absolutely stunning. Each scene looked like a picture-perfect photograph, with vibrant colours and great composition.
I know most of my friends reading this blog are not in Australia, but I hugely recommend watching it if you get the chance! Also — would you have any thought-provoking films you would recommend? After watching this movie, I realised that most of the movies I watch are mindless (shout out to Netflix. Haha). I mean, those kinds of movies are fun to watch, but I think I’d like to watch more movies that make me think…