Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Longing for one colleagues approval

My wife and I went to see the movie Footnote. It chronicles the tensions and competition between a father and son who do research in Talmudic studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The movie is in Hebrew with English subtitles, and received the award for Best Screenplay at the 2011 Cannes film festival.

The movie highlights how important family relationships are, both for better and worse. Even long after children have left home and established their own families the parent-child relationship is still such a great potential source or joy and pain.

The movie also captures some of the silly ways of academia: pedantry, exclusion, ambition, stubborn idealism, ...
I found some of it quite humorous but some of it was a bit too close to the truth to be funny.

Somehow I don't think the movie is going to make much money. It is only being shown in one cinema in Brisbane. We went to the tuesday night showing at the Eldorado, paying $7 each. There was only one other couple there!

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