Remembrance (2011): My Take

Last evening, I watched this foreign film, “Remembrance”.

It is the story about a Jewish woman, Hannah Silberstein, who struggles to break free from the dark memories of her past life in the Auschwitz concentration camp during Poland’s SS occupation.

Young Hannah falls in love with an inmate, Tomasz Limanowski. Together, after they escape from the camp, he returns home, introducing Hannah – his fiancée – to his mother. Instead of warmth and joy, they face Mrs. Limanowski’s wrath. Circumstances compel Tomasz to leave his too-ill-to-travel fiancée in maternal care — for just a couple of days. 30 years later, Hannah catches a glimpse of him on TV. Truly, was this the same Tomasz who had rescued her? Where did he go? Did his mother reconcile? Now, what?

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An interesting story set in the mid-’70s, the film’s narrative moves back and forth spatially and temporally, transposing audiences from Brooklyn, NY, to a tiny village in Eastern Europe. Paced perfectly, you will savor the romance and anticipation, while feeling the pain of separation when two people are in love, the circumstances notwithstanding.

The older Hannah – played by Dagmar Manzel – plays a fine role of an anguished woman battling her demons during her 30 year old marriage to an affluent businessman. Based on the true story of Jerzy Bielecki, a Polish social worker born in the early 1920s, and Cyla Cybulska, a young Polish-Jewish woman, the only one to have survived after her family was murdered. Played poignantly by Alice Dwyer, you will see glimpses of defiance and determination even during her stricken youth. Mateusz Damięcki and Lech Mackiewicz, as the young rebel Limanowski, and as the older Tomash, respectively, both portray the character deftly, and with just the right portions of passion and aggression.

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Director Anna Justice has delivered a fine film, with the entire cast in tune with the story. In 105 minutes of the film’s duration she has unfolded the characters at a pace that holds your attention, while developing every one of them – short, or tall – as a strong presence – whether brief, or long. Hannah’s husband, their adult daughter, Tomasz’s brother and his wife, Janusz – a family friend… every character is memorable.

This German film was released in late 2011, so NetFlix aficionados are fortunate to be able to watch it now… before they pull it off from their drama and foreign film categories. Original title: “Die verlorene Zeit”.

Sports and silhouettes after sunset… California!


Sports and silhouettes after sunset… California!

Originally uploaded by chitralekhan

Heard of parasailing, paragliding, parachuting… now here’s some kitesurfing, or you may also hear of kiteboarding… a fine example of Extreme Sports… they’re such a pretty sight… awesome!

Fly’n’ Past Flickr…

Flickr… alas, I seem to have drifted away from here… this past year.

Blogger on Sacred Songs

When I last checked, this blog-spot had 139 songs! These numbers include Buddhist recitations, Sanskrit shlokas, Pali verse, Latin renditions, and even some Chinese & Japanese translations! A very commendable effort, indeed, Nila-Kantha-Chandra. Thank you.

My favorites:

Gayatri Mantra

Yakundendu Tushara

Vaishnava jan to tene kahiye je

Four Great Bodhisattva Vows

Folks, if you’re interested, do visit Sacred Songs to search for your favorites.

Whose legs are these, anyway!

Should, or shouldn’t, women wear pantyhose? Some call them, ‘bare necessities’; that’s much ado about um… nothing!

Page D1 of The Wall Street Journal is actually inviting readers to share their thoughts on this subject… to say the least, I’m shocked! People actually get paid to cover issues about ‘where, whether or not, and what body-parts’ women should cover? Well, why is it even made into an issue important enough to merit a debate? That’s barely necessary, say, what do you think?

What sort of dual standards prevail in this land of freedom where it’s OK to OK Gay Rights (and to protect them), and yet, for a woman to shed her nylons (or cling on to them) – summer or otherwise, it is Not OK! Who protects her right and freedom to attire as she wills? In this country, even Nakations are permissible (heard of those?), so why the big deal about wearing/not wearing pantyhose – whether it’s on Wall Street, at working women’s conferences, or while sauntering around seeking work?

Is the Wall Street Journal hard up for meaty topics? At least it seems so, from a glance at the Editor’s Picks of Free Content available online! Subscribers today actually pay for this content? What happened to the Wall Street Journal we revered for its otherwise stimulating issues?

The New York Times made a wise decision a while ago… charge for the advertising, try to retain gradually declining circulation and readership – there’s bound to be an increase in online readers over time; let readers make their own choice of what they want to read from the wide-open spread they have.

Sharp women out there on Wall Street (and all the smart ones elsewhere), that’s some dilemma you’re in… what to wear, or not to wear… oh, where? Ouch, surely that’s smarting somewhere!