Sunday, January 20, 2008
Two thrillers in one
“No Country for Old Men” the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novella by the Coen brothers, was the film we saw last night. Cormac, Coen and I are a difficult combination. Cormac has hardly female characters in his books because, as he says, he doesn’t understand women! On the other hand, bad guys and violence is a common plot for Coens' films. For me, movie without man loves woman and generally without romance and flirt between the two sexes bores me. So my secret plan was siesta in the cinema. I sat comfortable in the seat; I took off my boots, ready to have my own adaptation in my dreams. To my surprise the film was interesting! It was a bold thriller and there was plenty of suspense, so I was holding Johnny’s arm in case of extreme brutality and at the same time I was kicking my legs to relieve my anxiety. At that point the inevitable happened. One of my boots disappeared in the hole between the step and the front seat, as the seats are in different levels. The anxiety at that point transformed to a really personal one. I murmured to Johnny my personal drama and I fall to all fours on the floor to find my belongings. From that position I had a really different view. It was like I was seeing the land from the boat. Everybody eyes were fixed on the screen and hardly anybody noticed that I was crawling on my knees. Even some of them, they raised their feet for me to crawl underneath!! I have to say that I felt a relief for this invisibility but without any joy in finding the boot. The end of the thriller was the same for both sides. The bad guy disappeared limping and I left the cinema hopping in one leg. We arrived safely at home. I think Johnny has got used to this kind of happenings! The only thing he said was “ ayia-ayia ...no adult moment with Penelope”! Cormac and Johnny, I think, have some similarities! My only comfort was a glass of wine...
P.S Go to see it! If you like thrillers! And it is a formidable one.