This morning I went to a (free) 10.30am movie preview with my friend Amanda.
ABC Radio National/Alliance Française French Film Festival Listener Preview – Welcome
Be amongst the first Australian filmgoers to see the much-anticipated Welcome (rated M), starring Vincent Lindon, Firat Ayverdi & Audrey Dana and directed by Philippe Lioret.
Seventeen-year-old Bilal (Firat Ayverdi) has spent the last three months travelling illegally across Europe in an attempt to reunite with his girlfriend in England. The difficult journey is almost over when he finally reaches the far northern coast of France, and can literally see his destination from across the Channel. But it's here that his journey comes to an abrupt halt.
Spurred by his dream, with all legal options exhausted, Bilal decides he'll swim across the Channel. He meets Simon (Vincent Lindon), a man privately reeling from impending divorce from his wife (Audrey Dana). Simon impulsively risks everything by taking Bilal under his wing.
Driven by powerful performances, this absorbing and emotional masterwork speaks not only of one of the most important social issues facing modern societies, but also of the indomitable nature of the human spirit.
I enjoyed the movie - a great example of determination, although the ending was a bit sad. Afterwards we went out for lunch, then a bit of window shopping. A lovely way to spend a Sunday.
M1: banana flax oatmeal with walnuts, egg whites
M2: lamb salad
M3: choc protein shake
M4: kangaroo chilli, broccoli
M5: choc peanut butter pudding