Recently watched two fascinating movies, both underscoring the fact that,
"Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom.”
"This is a simple story, but not an easy to tell. Like a fable, there is sorrow… and, like a fable, it is full of wonder and happiness..."
With these words, starts our journey into a simple life of a simple person. A romantic waiter Guido trying to impress a school-teacher Dora with his sense of humour and presence of mind. He manages to snatch her away from her fiancé while serving at their engagement ceremony. Later on he opens his dream bookstore. They have a beautiful son Giosué and it seems to be a perfect life until their little fairy world is shattered by the World War II. Then starts a struggle for survival... the story of life and death, where even a single unintended word or action may result in loss of your life. The courage, optimism and presence of mind of Guido (played by Roberto Benigni (who is director and one of the writers as well) and the innocence and faith of his equally witty son Giosué (played by Giorgio Cantarini) leave us spellbound throughout this second half of the movie.
The Shawshank Redemption
Topping the IMDB list for a long is a story of a successful banker who ends up in jail being charged with the murder of his wife. It's a story of a bonding between this snobby looking professional Andy (played by Tim Robbins) and an unsophisticated prison-mate Red (played by Morgan Freeman). How Andy proves that "Hope is a good thing" and "Salvation lies within" is really worth watching and worth listening to through Red's distinctive voice. The director Frank Darabolt scores by his attention to details.
The strategic planning by Andy is in contrast to the impulsive actions of Guido (in La vita è bella), but both live up to their images of a trained professional and a simple small-town waiter turned bookseller respectively. It is said that no words can convey the sweetness of sugar. The same holds true with these movies. You have to really experience them, to get a hang of it.