(Read in Italian) These days, with all the crummy reportings swirling around us like the flakes of snow that fall from the sky to accumulate in huge banks of dirty ice along the roadway, we all need some good news. Just one scrap will do. We need to believe in the thin hope that in fact spring is right around the corner and that one day the snow will melt. You tell me that it is hard to be positive seeing as the snow continues to fall, the Pope is leaving his post due to Vatican scandals, Berlusconi has reappeared on the political stage and the Senate after the most recent election is now split and ungovernable? Yes, I know. Sometimes to find the positive side find the silver lining requires tremendous effort. In times like this what are we to do? Well, we escape to the movies to let the art of the cinema renew us and give us the desire to continue on and confront life with a new and positive attitude.
One of the films, perfect for making us believe once again in love and happy endings (and that the church can be a positive institution, that Berlusconi will disappear from the political arena to follow a career as a cruise ship singer, and that the government will heal and actually help the Italian people) is one of the film nominated this year for Best Picture (and also for Best Actor and Best Actress) “Silver Linings Playbook”. Who knew that a film that deal with bipolare disorder could be the feel good film of the year. And who knew that wearing a black garbage bag could make such a fashion statement!
The film is an adaptation of Matthew Quick’s best seller The Silver Linings Playbook, a touching comedy about love and second chances. Pat Peoples, and ex high school history teacher, is dimissed from a mental hosital. Pat has a foggy memory of past events, but very optimistic and doggedly believes he has been hospitalized only for a couple of months instead of four long years and has renewed hope and intention to win back his ex wife. Refusing to believe that their separation is permanent, Pat passes his days in a heightened state of expectancy trying to become the man his wife always wanted him to be. In the meantime he is pleasantly distracted by a beautiful and troubled neighbor.
I enjoyed the film very much and am happy that Jennifer Lawrence want the Oscar for her role as a cray woman who falls for a man who wears a garbage bag. The film is moving and touching and made this crazy girl believe in the silver linings again…magari!