Look Both Ways

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Look Both Ways

When I found out that there was a possibility that masses of Australians had not seen Sarah Watt's 2005 masterpiece Look Both Ways it was hard for me to believe. But I guess its the same here in the U.S. When I called around the local video stores (population of Quincy, Illinois where I live: 40,000ish) to find a copy of Amores Perros (winner: Cannes Film Festival Critics Week Grand Prize-Young Critics Award, AFI Fest-Best Feature Film, Academy Awards-USA Best Foreign Language Film, Ariel Awards, Mexico Best Actor-Best Cinematography-Best Direction-Best First Work-Best Make Up-Best Set Design-Best Special Effects-Best Art Direction-Best Costume Design-Best Original Score-Best Screenplay, Bodil Awards Best Non-American Film, Bogota Film Festival Best Film-Best Director, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Foreign-Language Film, British Independent Film Awards Best Foreign Independent Film, and 42 other awards...am I getting my point across here?) each person at the video stores said: "What? Never heard of it."

It's a sad commentary on the film watchers of the world. Their attention span is not long enough to watch anything that means anything. Film makers spend years developing and creating film art, that is ignored by the masses who cannot sit for five minutes without seeing a naked babe with a gun, a car crash, a murder, or a guy walking away from a huge explosion without looking back.

I found Look Both Ways quite by accident, and it quickly became one of my all time favorites as it is yet another set of intersecting stories that merge due to one event. It seems that intertwining stories are a hallmark of a great film in my book.

Look Both Ways (2005) Disaster Is Everywhere.

With an all Australian cast and crew, and music by The Waifs, and The Arlenes not only does this film hit home with a hammer-touching on love, shame, guilt, pride, disease, death, and unwanted pregnancy-but is entertaining and true to life and believable as well.

Sarah Watt does an incredible job of writing and directing this 2005 slice of life: when on an unusually hot and tragic weekend, where disaster is everywhere, four people struggle after hearing some life-changing news, this in turn brings them together. She cleverly merges humor with the bleak, animation with live action, and makes this film and engaging and uplifting experience.

Meryl Lee played by Justine Clark and Nick (William McInnes) play star-crossed lovers who chance meet at the site of a tragic death of a young man hit by a train. The train driver Andreas Sobik and others who you Aussies will surely recognize are all well placed and played.
Do yourself a favor and see this heartfelt and meaningful film.

Music by the Australian bandThe Waifs  and The Arlenes (Brittish I think)  fits perfectly into the entire film, especially the four montage scenes.

Any thinking, complex person with feelings and thoughts beyond T.V. Sports and NASCAR will enjoy this allot. Please tell me what you thought, if you've seen it.

Tony Fyler

Tony Fyler

Wednesday 18th August 2010 | 05:18 PM
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Hmm...fair enough, looks interesting. Will check this out. Thanks for the recommendation Friendo. And hello again - haven't been in a cave, just working my nuts off so that when I go on holiday to the Back of Beyond this year, it can actually BE the Back of Beyond ;o)
Oh and nope, still haven't got around to watching Dark Knight again. So much to watch, so little time ;o)

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