MY BEST 20 OF 2018 (PART 5)
1. IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
Daremo Shiranai is this Japanese drama I once watched. It was based on a true story wherein a single mother moves in with her four children to this single-room apartment and abandons them to start her life anew with her well-to-do boyfriend. The oldest, a twelve-year old, steps up to the plate to fend for his younger siblings. He makes all the sacrifices he can to tend to their welfare but there’s only so much responsibility a little boy can shoulder before the bottom falls out from under him. Refusing to report their situation to child services for fear of being separated by Foster care from his siblings, he continues down this path and things keep barrelling downhill as I sit in front of my laptop unblinking and traumatised by the state of these children, who don’t even shed a tear. They are too young and innocent to appreciate the severity of what’s at hand.
Daremo Shiranai, which translates to ‘Nobody Knows,’ dogged me for about a week and I haven’t felt as much with another film that sinking feeling of pathos in the pit of my stomach until now.
If Beale Street Could Talk is a dance of despair masquerading as film. The James Baldwin adaptation orbits the story of a young, black couple, blissfully in love, until in comes the malignant force of systemic injustice determined to keep them apart. All these two want is to be together but alas, “happily ever after” is a luxury rarely afforded a people of colour. It is the exception. The norm is dead or incarcerated.
I usually avoid these ‘woe is me, I’m a black man’ Oscar bait films but this is by Barry Jenkins. Judging from the trailers and his antecedents, there was no way I wasn’t seeing this. I knew it would be different. And it is. Much like the audience, it grapples with wrapping its head around this pervasive spectre of racism. It is just as perplexed by the concept and delves into it with a sublimity that elevates that genuine puzzlement.
As I bear filmic witness to this “moral apathy [and] death of the heart,” as author, James Baldwin once eloquently put it, I thank my stars I didn’t end up... [Continue Review Below]
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