recently i've watched two danish films, 'old men in new cars' and 'smilla's sense of snow' (read the book too), and i noticed that in both of these films there is a heroine who is indestructible. In the case of 'old men in new cars' her indestructibility is farcical, but smilla's is no less unbelievable. as you know, i'm looking for talismans of danish culture in order to better understand my own roots. i would never have noticed this danish penchant for indestructible females if i hadn't watched these two films in close proximity. it leads me to believe that the goddess 'freya' may be living yet in the danish psyche. not only are these females indestructible but they are motivated by compassion. smilla subjects herself to all sorts of harm in order to unmask the wrongful death of a child, and Mille's huge capacity for love (romantic love) 'saves' a psychotic woman-killer from himself. (Similarities in their names, too: Mille and Smilla). In recent reading on Denmark, I noticed that their government's first woman representative was in 1947 - pretty good!
last night we watched 'the five people you meet in heaven.' very sentimental, a hallmark presentation, but we enjoyed the basic premise, and i really liked the 'ruby pier' carnival-like setting. well, i remember piers like that from when i was a child and we went to the seashore, especially Atlantic City. when i was a teenager i worked at a local theater, and one of our specialties was 'Alice in Wonderland.' There were all sorts of fantastic costumes and characters - the white rabbit, the red queen, the hookah-smoking caterpillar, etc. - and looking back on it from here, i often think what a great introduction to life it was: the many characters (several played by the same actor perhaps), the shifting scenes, the various dramas and comedies, the imagination of it all. it put things in perspective and showed me what we're all about. as they said in 'five people,' 'all the stories are one story.'