At the insistence of her daughter Tasha (Grace Gummer), Wendy decides to learn how to drive. All this time, she didn’t have to. Her husband drove her. Darwan (Ben Kingsley), a Sikh Indian, becomes her instructor. He’s struck by her sadness and wants to help her live an active life again.
Darwan lives in a rooming house in Queens. He teaches driving during the day and drives taxi at night just to survive. He’s not rich, and he’s not married. His sister’s son lives with him. We see glimpses of his life during religious services, cooking at home, doing laundry, and watching cricket matches with the guys in the rooming house. In his country, marriages are arranged.
He gives Wendy driving lessons, but he also adds words of wisdom… Driving: You must see everything. Be aware of living.
When bullies harass him in the
street yelling “Osama,” he says, “You can’t
always trust people to behave properly. People
think I look dangerous.” But he seems to take
things in stride….This is the way things are.
Darwan faces his own challenges: His sister in India sends a wife to him - someone he has never met. He meets her in the airport by holding up a placard with her name on it: Jasleen (Sarita Choudhury). That is the ‘romantic’ setting where he first meets her. She doesn’t speak much English, is uneducated, and scared.
There are changes in both Darwan and Wendy’s lives. Wendy gets ‘fixed up’ with Peter (Matt Salinger - son of J.D.) at a restaurant dinner party. Jasleen watches TV to learn English. All their lives are constantly intercut in the film. It’s only when Jasleen finally ventures outside the small apartment that her life comes alive. The film seems to be saying: One has to make life happen. It’s up to you.
Passing the driving test is just
a backdrop for the real stories in the film.
What We Did on
Trying to get a family with three young kids organized to go on a trip is every parent's nightmare. And it's even more complicated if the parents aren't getting along. Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) argue all the time and are getting divorced.
In a sense, What We Did on Our Holiday is a tragicomedy because it's never that fun when parents are breaking up. But this film is essentially delightful because of the talents of the three kids: Lottie-10 (Emilia Jones), Mickey-8 (Bobby Smalldridge), and Jess-5 (Harriet Turnbull). They are tremendous.
Whether it's pet rocks that have to be taken on vacation or the father falling asleep at the wheel, saved by his 5-year-old daughter who is bravely steering the car, you won't be bored.
The scenery is lovely - Scotland Highlands. They are travelling to celebrate grandfather's (Billy Connolly) birthday. The event turns out quite different from what one would expect. The adults know that this may be grandfather's last birthday because he has cancer.
They arrive at Doug's brother's house. Gavin (Ben Miller) is a rich, tight ass, social climber and has created a Smart Home. The lights go on when you clap. The grownups are uptight about preparing for the 215 guests who are due to arrive. Grandfather insists on taking the kids on a drive for the day. The adults know this isn't a good idea, but they are distracted. Grandfather takes off with them in his truck. First, they meet his friend Doreen (Annette Crosbie) a lesbian who raises ostriches. Then he takes the kids to the beach.
Grandfather's motto - Live more and think less. The day doesn't go exactly as planned. When grandfather becomes ill, the kids come up with solutions that you would never dream of... in fact, you can't predict hardly anything in this film. It's sad and delightful, but always imaginative. Whether it's the story of Vikings or an embarrassing videotape accidently broadcast on YouTube.
What can go wrong does on this holiday, but dysfunctional families can make for interesting stories.
Review by Lois Siegel
"Await The Freight"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 07.02.2011
NATIONAL CAPITAL TO BE MOVIE SET OF NEW DARK COMEDY
•Quiet Revolution Pictures, Majika Pictures and Denmark's Fridthjof Films with the support of
Telefilm Canada and The Danish Film Institute will be filming the feature-length dark comedy,
"Eddie" in the Nation’s Capital.
Photo by Lois Siegel
• Starring Thure Lindhart (Angels & Demons, Into The Wild), Georgina Reilly (Pontypool, This Movie is Broken), Al Goulem (18 to Life, The Trotsky) and Dylan Smith (300, Love & Savagery).
Production is scheduled to begin February 7, 2011.
Ottawa, ON Canada, February
7, 2011 –the Nation’s
Capital is being transformed into the set of a twisted, dark-comedy
movie entitled "Eddie." The satirical story is about a once-famous
painter who rediscovers inspiration after he befriends a
sleepwalking cannibal. Telefilm Canada and the Danish Film Institute
have partially funded the project to be directed by Boris Rodriguez
(Havana Kids, Beso Nocturno) and produced by Ottawa native
Michael A. Dobbin (The Devil’s Curse, Powerful: Energy for
Everyone, The Maiden Dance to Death) and Ronnie Fridthjof (Armadillo,
Tempo). “The National Capital Region is the ideal setting for
this movie. I’m really looking forward to working here,” says Boris.
Director Boris Rodriguez is a graduate of Concordia University and the Canadian Film Centre. Boris’ films Beso Nocturno (Night Kiss) and Perfect both had premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Beso Nocturno was selected for a retrospective at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York.
Michael’s past work as a producer includes Toni Harman's debut horror entitled The Devil's Curse (aka Credo), (currently available through Lionsgate and iTunes), David Chernushenko’s Powerful: Energy for Everyone as well as Endre Hules' The Maiden Danced to Death. Michael was mentored by BAFTA-winning producer of East is East, Leslee Udwin. He’s an alumnus of the film programme of Ryerson. In October 2006, Michael founded the ‘Just Watch Me!’ Canadian Film Festival and as a story editor, script doctor and lecturer is in steady demand on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Inrig's short, animated film
This is his first animated film and
tells the story of a humble shepherd
Inrig gained significant attention last
summer with his debut feature documentary film
The film is inspired by his younger brother
who has been diagnosed with severe autism.
Inrig is mentored by Order of
Canada recipient Alanis Obomsawin,
Inrig's first dramatic feature about an
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Hovhannes" was made as part of