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Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson (2012)

Wes Anderson is a magician of the cinema. He is able to create worlds which are very far from reality and yet enchant us and drown in the nostalgia for what could have been or at least how we would like to remember our past experiences.

Moonrise Kingdom was screened at this year’s Cannes festival which usually indicates a work’s particular value to the world of cinema.

This film is a nostalgic fairy tale squeezing tears of all adults who ever had a childhood.

It seems Wes Anderson here majored in enhancing one’s memories. Everything is extreme to its limits – when it rains, it’s a grand rain of the century, when we see a meadow – its greenery almost makes us shading our eyes from its juicy intensity. The music matches the tone of the story and crafty idea of a child’s voiceover introducing us into the skill of being able to distinguish musical instruments just by hearing them.

Moonrise Kingdom is a beautiful tale which triggered my most beautiful memories coming back to me and I thought of being a child again, of going for a scouts’ camp, of not sleeping with friends, of enjoying every minute of the day and treating it as a never ending adventure and challenge.

Veteran star actors play along young kids and all create an unforgettable ensemble which is credible (that does not often happen with this number of names!). Wes Anderson created a beautiful fairy tale.

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Tootsie by Sydney Pollack (1982)

Dustin Hoffman, Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Geena Davis…

This was the next film that Hoffman did after his Oscar awarded “Kramer vs. Kramer”. The role is strikingly different from anything he did before. Comedy. When (still) attractive male actor turns into a tragically unattractive masculine woman actor. To get a job, transforms himself physically to discover an entire new world he was totally oblivious to before.

I watched this film for the first time in early 1980’s on a black&white micro-tv made in East Germany. Over 25 years later, with a surprise I recognised some of the scenes that I had carved in my memory as magnificent. And they did not lose any of the charm and magic. Interestingly, the film did not age and is still a great entertainment. And probably will be for at least the next 25 years. Cult classic.

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