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Morals of the Stories

CinéMondays with Hardik: Morals of the Stories:

A Separation:

Be generous with your empathy expenses. “Empathy is that one power we will never run out of, the whole point of being humans, really––to make sense of what we are in for, to realize that we all are sharing the same human experience.”

Amores Perros:

Remember that we take after our love. “Love’s a dog… Masters take after their love… and that dog is yours to keep.”

Her Friend Adam:

Don’t impose your expectations of size at the cost of pleasure you could possibly seek. “Short films are like short stories; they are hard, they are expected to be perfect (we forgive/defend movies and novels all the time), and they don’t even reach as much of an audience as they most definitely deserve to.”

About When I Met Jake Gyllenhaal:

My friend says that I am delusional. I agree with her but I don’t still know where to frame my mind around it. “I saw the real Jake Gyllenhaal and not someone I felt equal to… Truly a Gatsby moment––to be in Caraway’s shoes!”

Get Out:

Get out, engage in a conversation, and observe. Observe, even yourself. “There are those holding hands, and then there are also those who aren’t either willing or okay holding hands. Why is that? What is engaging them, what is the concern that engages them (if at all), or how safe/worthy is privilege if it blinds you of the reality the world seems to be facing?”

Summer Interlude:

First love leaves, and that’s not our lesson here. “The first love always leaves, the voice leaves first. And when voices leave, you know what happens––storms come. Is there recovery? … ‘Lucky is the one who will teach you.’”

Brad Cuts Loose:

Do you get to play just as hard as you work? “And anyone who is working under someone/some-many most definitely understands the urge to ‘cut loose’ … cure that urge, that wonder!”

T2 Trainspotting:

Sentimentality shouldn’t always feel like being tricked; allow yourself that sentimentality. “Sequels are like star-kids: both are compared to their parent, and most of the time they fail… at the end of the day, author has the authority… but what does it say about the viewers (consumers) and their sentimentally?”

Romil and Jugal:

Be willing to open yourself to the unfamiliar. “This deserves attention: it is the first ever gay web series in India and it doesn’t feed on the stereotypes that face gay men on-screen.”

Death of a Salesman:

As you become aware, become also aware of what energy surrounds you and radiates from you. “It is this oddly placed positivity that is shaking up the Loman family equation. One should not blame Linda, but also should not dismiss that she is pretty much at the center of this, even if not apparently.”

The Bakery Girl of Monceau:

There is a morality to attractions and distractions, but does it need a look? “The distraction has become a new attraction, or has it? Where does the morality need to be when our man ends up promising to meet both his women on the same date?”


~ Hardik Yadav