Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man. Having lost his place in the state orchestra, he must make ends meet by playing ... See full summary »
In an anonymous Dutch village, a sturdy, strong-willed matriarch looks back upon her life, the generations of family and friends gathered around her table, and ponders the cyclical nature of time.Written by
Dawn M. Barclift
Have you ever eaten an artichoke? Shall I tell you how? An artichoke is thick and round and green. The leaves are fleshy and soft. First, boil the artichoke in salted water. Then, peel off the leaves, one by one, dip them in a vinaigrette sauce, then scrape off the tender flesh with your teeth, until you reach the heart.
The heart, yes.
And what do you do with the heart?
You savor it, bit by bit, with your eyes closed. It's a delicacy.
The whole thing is a delicacy.
Yes, all of it is...
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I have to disagree with those who claim that this film is ULTRA feminist. Though Marleen Gorris' feminism is indeed apparent is indisputable. But people who are not necessarily part of the feminist movement will still appreciate this film. It is a more modern view of the independent woman, but I didn't see the political agenda of Gorris overpowering the film. It can be enjoyed as a simple "fairy-tale" (as declared by Gorris herself). The portrayal of women as independent and strong is definitely refreshing, but those who claim this film makes a statement against religion and family aren't necessarily accurate. the film covers these issues, showing women's strength in dealing with religious hypocrites and single motherhood, but I personally didn't feel the film was encouraging all women to leave the church or raise up families independently. It's a marvelous story of women's strengths and vulnerabilities, and the love that the women in one family share. ALL people will enjoy this film.
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