Where the Crawdads Sing is a Drama, taking the form of a mystery thriller. A woman, Kya, raised herself in the marshes of the deep South and later becomes a suspect in the murder of a man she was once involved with.
Kya (played by Daisy Edgar-Jones) is deserted first by her mother, then her siblings and eventually by her father. As she grows older, two local boys, Tate (Taylor John Smith) and Chase (Harris Dickinson) become interested in her. When Chase is killed, Kya is suspected of his murder, but found not guilty at trial. The film shows her life learning more about nature as she lives in the wetlands, giving great opportunities for cinematography. The performances are good with the tensions between Kya and the community, as well as between the community and coloured shopkeepers (he is called “boy” at one stage). A telling comment made by Kya “sometimes the prey needs to kill to survive”.
This was a compelling film that was liked and rated as 3.5-4.0/5.
Falling for Figaro is a romantic comedy. A brilliant young fund manager, Millie (played by Danielle Macdonald) leaves her unfulfilling job and long-term boyfriend to chase her lifelong dream of becoming an opera singer. The teacher she finds, Meghan (Joanna Lumley) works in the Scottish Highlands. She has only one other student, Charlie (Shazad Latif).
The film plays around with the relationships between Meghan with her two students, as well as Millie and Charlie as they change from rivals to partners. The cinematography was great, taking me back to travelling in the Scottish Highlands. Performances were excellent showing the tensions between the two young singers. There were two notable aspects of the soundtrack – there were often variations on the theme of “I can’t Help Falling in Love with you” and for her first public performance, Millie sings “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. The underlying message was around following your passion.
This was a delightful, feel-good film. It was rated as 4.0-4.5/5.
Our next film class is on 12 October. The films which were thought to be most interesting are Bosch & Rockit and Good luck to You, Leo Grande. Overall, the focus is to be on Good Luck to You, Leo Grande for our October class discussion.