The school has taken James away for his first weekend trip and Gillian and I are returned to those pre child days, so an imperative to go out was created. We have rarely been to the cinema in nearly ten years but remember with great fondness our trips to the Phoenix in East Finchley; one of the oldest purpose built cinemas still operating in the UK.
I didn’t even look at what was on a main stream cinema but headed straight to Chapter – an oasis of an art centre in a Cardiff still trying to lose its provincial nature and gain some capital city sophistication. The only film of interest was Mexican called “Blue Eyelids” which was described as an awkward romance which seemed appropriate for a return to coupledom after a long absence.
Ernesto Contreras’s debut film has won a few awards and while slow in pace at times, its weakness is its strength. A woman wins a trip for two in a work lottery but has no friends or family to go with her. In desperation she invites a man she meets in a café who claims to have known her at school. He too seems to have slipped through the cracks of life and seems to echo her solitude. With minimal dialogue and subtle mood the film conveys the awkwardness of the early moments in a relationship. I really enjoyed the unfolding of the tale and it reminded me why independent cinema is such a wonderful haven from the bloated Hollywood blockbuster.
A rather lovely little film I thought and I enjoyed eating out in the bohemian atmosphere of Chapter’s cafe. We had stroll to Thompson’s Park before the film only to bump in a fellow Albert Primary parent who was also using his child free evening for a night out on the town. What a small town Cardiff must be. There was a face carved into a tree in the park which I captured on an Olympus Epic II
As a glimpse into the post James 24/7 future, the evening was rather pleasant but on our return his absence was palpable and we’re clearly going to miss the little bugger when he finally escapes our clutches.