VIFF 2013: The Strange Little Cat; Stand Clear of the Closing Doors.


The Strange Little Cat (72 minutes, Germany, director Roman Zucherto). Family members gather for dinner in a small apartment. There’s a cat in it. If anyone knows what else this film is about, let me know.

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (94 minutes, USA, director Sam Fleishner). A 13-year-old autistic boy wanders into the New York subway days before Hurricane Sandy hits the city. His mother, a Latino immigrant working as a maid, cannot afford to take time off to hunt for him. Rikki’s lack of anxiety as he weaves and anonymously and dumbly through crowds contrasts with his mother’s increasing desperation. The last few minutes as Rikki shuffles into a dark tunnel in the abandoned subway system, while the hurricane thunders overhead and the first trickle of water begins to cover the rails, is truly frightening.

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About aharmlessdrudge

Way back during the late Bronze age -- actually it was the 1950s -- all of us in high school had to take a vocational test to determine our interests and, supposedly, our future careers. I cannot remember the outcome, but I do recall one question that gave me pause. "If you were to win a Nobel prize, would it be in literature or in physics?" I hesitated over the question: although I enjoyed mathematics and science more than English class, I did have a couple of unfinished (and very bad) novels hidden away at home. I cannot remember what I chose back then, but the dilemma followed me to university, where I switched from mathematics to English and -- after a five-year stint in journalism -- back to mathematics. I recently retired as a professor of statistics. Retirement. What a good chance to revive my literary ambitions. I have finished a novel -- more about that in good time -- and a rubble of drafts of articles about mathematics and statistics is taking up space on my hard disk.
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