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The Father

469 days after watching The Peanut Butter Falcon, I finally went to the cinema again!

The Father is a thought-provoking film about a man stricken by dementia. This deceptively simple drama is very realistic in depicting the mental deterioration in old age.

Anthony Hopkins (winner of the Best Actor Oscar this year) is Anthony, a man who refuses all assistance from his daughter Anne as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt everything – his loved ones, his own mind and the fabric of his reality.

Items such as furniture in Anthony’s and Anne’s homes, and the residential care home are all similar looking. Subtle alterations to colour schemes throughout (such as Anne’s clothes, day-to-day objects in the kitchens, different pictures on the walls hung in similar arrangements) add to the visual confusion of Anthony’s space.

One piece of classical music prominently used throughout the film is George Bizet’s Les pecheurs de pesles (The Pearl Fishers). This is Anthony’s favourite piece of music. This piece is not a familiar favourite but the textures (monophonic or basic, homophonic or clear, polyphonic or the simultaneous combination of ‘many sounds’) contribute greatly to the atmosphere (whether thin, thick or multi-layered; such as the exciting mood).

It is one film that must be seen on the big screen and should not be missed!

With the worsening (Covid) situation and escalating cases in the community and stricter measures being enforced from Saturday, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t have to wait another 469 days to visit the cinema again!

A Special Paris Sunset

My best friend was shopping for her art materials alone when she chanced upon a shop that sells all sorts of puzzles. Knowing that I love doing jigsaws, she bought me a 1,200-piece Paris Sunset as a surprise.

The puzzle is indeed unlike all the different kinds I’ve done before, even the plastic 3D ones. Because the plastic pieces are interlocking, I got a lot of satisfaction each time I heard a “click” when two pieces fit together. And I’ve never come across a box that contains the pieces in four bags, one for each quadrant. I decided to work on the simplest quadrant according to the picture:

This took me just over three hours to complete.

On the second day, I started on the third quadrant:

This took less than three hours.

After lunch, I tackled the first quadrant, which was not as difficult as I had thought:

This took slightly over two hours to complete.

I left the most difficult quadrant to the last, and had to take a break in between because I was somewhat confused by the pieces:

I only managed this much after more than three hours.

Since there was “only a bit left”, I decided to continue after dinner and managed to complete the puzzle in less than an hour:

Voila!

The next step is to frame it up:

Frame is recycled from another set of pictures.

It is now hung opposite my bed, so that I can look at it every day:

The previous set (featuring a piano and a violin) has been relegated to the left (piano not seen here).