Late To Life -- 2 New Discoveries

by tully
January 18, 2005 7:02 AM
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I might as well come right out and say it. This weekend, I watched Lukas Moodysson's "Show Me Love" and "Together" for the first time. Humiliating, I know. But I'm man enough to admit it. Haven't seen any of the later stuff, though it appears that Moodysson appears to be working in the inverse: his early films are achingly, hilariously humane, while the new ones are unflinching portraits of hopeless desperation. Usually it's the other way around. Either way, I'm looking forward to watching "Lilya 4-Ever" and even "A Hole in My Heart," as harrowing as they may be. Homeboy has skills. "Together" is the film I wished "The Idiots" had been, and "Show Me Love" has already skyrocketed to the top of my list of favorite coming-of-age films, alongside Milos Forman's "Black Peter," Truffaut's "The 400 Blows," and John Duigan's "Flirting."

While I'm at it, I might as well also confess that I just read my first collection of Alice Munro short stories. Again, I feel like the kid in Joyce's "Araby" who showed up to the crafts fair too late. How had I not gotten around to her before? Fortunately, that initial wave of embarrassment has been replaced with an even bigger wave of excitement, knowing that I still have her entire ouvre to appreciate. Life is grand...

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