Belfast (2021)
February 27, 2022 10:13 PM - Subscribe

Buddy is a young boy on the cusp of adolescence, whose life is filled with familial love, childhood hijinks, and a blossoming romance. Yet, with his beloved hometown caught up in increasing turmoil, his family faces a momentous choice: hope the conflict will pass or leave everything they know behind for a new life.

We watched this the other night; I thought the use of B&W with occasional bits of color was very effective, especially in the scene where the family went to the movies and images were reflected in Judy Dench's glasses; it was what Rumblefish aspired to but didn't reach because of the limits of technology at the time.

We spent the entire thing in low-grade dread just figuring that this next scene was going to be the car bomb, but all the regular "oh, this is our life now" stuff really resonated. One scene was a little superhero-y [when Pa throws the brick] but overall I was impressed.

I have tendencies like Ma; "this is all I know"; "this is where my roots are", so that aspect really spoke to me .

Great performances, and a really nice view into how people can just keep going with the regular things even in the midst of insanity. The banter between Ciaran Hinds and Judy Dench was wonderful. We were confused until the end about who the hell Moira was and why Buddy was in her thrall.
posted by chazlarson (1 comment total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Yeah, agree with the sense of dread throughout, expecting that one of the parents would be killed from one moment to the next. When the grandfather dies, it's not a release of pressure at all, and just reinforces the unpredictability of life in any situation.
posted by briank at 6:28 AM on March 1


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