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Romantics Anonymous – Les émotifs anonymes

Romantics Anonymous chocolate

It was just what I needed last night. Charming romantic comedy. French.

Directed by Jean-Pierre Améris
Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Isabelle Carré and Lorella Cravotta

The new flavours of the chocolate include: paprika ganache, green tea whites, fresh mint with cashews, porcini tuiles. I love the language they use talking about chocolate (especially in French). Those scenes are very sensual as eating chocolate is.

solidarnosc-wisnie-w-likierze-203g-FullRecently I have a craving on Cherries in Liquier from Solidarnosc (Polish chocolate producer) they have more alcohol that other and very nice dark chocolate.

Of course there is more to this movie than chocolate. It talks about taking risk, overcoming fear, support groups and that love is for everyone with this specific French sense of humour. Enjoy.

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Mr. Nobody

One of the better movies I’ve seen recently.

If you are not looking for easy answers DON’T WATCH THE TRAILER!

And I mean it. Watch it after you see the movie!

Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Starring: Jared Leto, Diane Kruger, Sarah Polley

The music is fantastic! It’s creating a story on its own at the same time complementing the movie.

There are also so many beautiful details and special effects. Amazing.

I’m hesitating if I should write more as I don’t want to spoil it for you. I don’t want my words to influence your perception. I guess I will write someting below trailer, so stop here and watch the movie, then I welcome you to come back and read what was important for me in it.

Let me start from saying that quantum physic and science in general are more and more penetrating the cinema. Ideas created by scientist are so hard to imagine, understand and absorb that they create a marvelous ground for imagination. I’m talking Matrix, Inception, Shutter Island etc

The scientific “base” fro this movie is string theory, string theorytime theory of relativity and concept what happens when the force of gravity no longer compensate for the expansion of the universe. It also challanges the idea of time and reality. Yes, quite confusing.

ZugzwangAll of this is only a context to contemplate the problem of decision making. A choice between “YES” and “NO” but also Zugzwang. “When the only viable move is not to move”. I guess when we make choices we imagine what will the consequences of those choices be. Without it making decision would be impossible in some way, cos it wouldn’t matter what you choose.

Every path is the right path. Everything could’ve been anything else. And it would have just as much meaning.

People attach a great meaning to their lifes and decisions and feel a pressure to be right. Right about how does the World work, what is the best choice, how others should behave. I’ll ask you to serously consider the idea that there is no meaning. How does that make you feel? It makes me uncomfortable, but I’m going to try to experience it.

There comes a time in life where everything seems narrow. Choices have been made. I can only continue on. I know myself like the back of my hand. I can predict my every reaction. My life has been cast in cement with airbags and seatbelts. I’ve done everything to reach this point and now that I’m here, I’m fucking bored. The hardest thing is knowing whether I’m still alive. (…)

Before he was unable to make a choice because he didn’t know what would happen. Now that he knows what will happen, he is unable to make a choice.

On a personal note: how can you choose between your parents when you love them both the same?

Vatel

Director: Roland Joffé
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Uma Thurman,Tim Rothand an actor I recognised from Harry Potter Richard Griffiths
Plot: In 1671, with war brewing with Holland, a penniless prince invites Louis XIV to three days of festivities at a chateau in Chantilly. The prince wants a commission as a general, so the extravagances are to impress the king. In charge of all is the steward, Vatel, a man of honor, talent, and low birth.
This movie gives you a glimps of preparations for huge feasts. For me it was more about hard work than food, at least as far as kitchen is concerned. You really see how masterpiece of sugar comes to life than anything else. For me this movie is more about power, intrigues, honor than cooking.
I see also how my view changes with age instead of being impressed and amazed by the colorful spectacle I see it as waste. Don’t understand me wrong, I’m not a minimalist, I regret that in modern architecture there is more space for economy than beauty, but I guess vatel is overdoing it for me.