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Farvel Falkenberg by John Pasmore

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Perhaps I should watch the end of the movie before writing, but have loved Erik Enocksson’s soundtrack since I first heard it. The soundtrack led me to the movie (DVD) which is quite a challenge to get.  Farväl Falkenberg is a Swedish film that will take you back (maybe) or perhaps mirror where you’re at. Depending on your age. The film’s stars are in their twenties. And adrift.

In our society — most societies — being adrift is not a positive. There was a time maybe in the ’60s when that spirit characterized the Nation, at least in the media, if not the lives of most. But driftiness has never gone away really. Facebook, Twitter, and tethering gadgetry seem to run counter to being adrift, but can super-size one’s sense of being apart by holding up a relentless yardstick of connectivity, or lack of. Either way, sometimes you just want to turn it all off.

The other aspect of the movie that more than resonates are its ties to the central characters early childhoods — as flashed back in grainy home films.  My son is two and I miss his being two even before he’s three. In another reflection, we all get to have an intimate glimpse of who we once were through our children and that innocence seems a bit distant though the reminder is more than welcome.

More later — will adjust this post as I find time for the middle and end of Falkenberg…but watch it if you can…

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