insights on art, culture, lifestyle, spirituality, travel, music, society and much much more from a jet-setter currently on "furlough"…

[m]adam: be careful what you pen in that journal of yours!

First and foremost, my apologies for the long delay in-between posts. I have recently relocated to London and look forward to sharing insights about the art world on this side of the pond in future months.

I must, however, elude to this brilliant film, which I had the grand opportunity to view this past weekend. It is, after all, ART that does more than sit on its ass in conventional space. Notes on a Scandal (2006) tells the story of loneliness, envy, lust, (dis)loyalty and love. It also recounts the choices people make in their lives, and the inevitable consequences that follow no matter how hard they try to resist them. When people lose control of their emotions, chaos and havoc are wrecked. The film was chilly for the majority of the scenes, but both Judi Dench (Barbara Covett) and Cate Blanchett (Sheba Hart) did an excellent job in this film. I won’t spoil the story for those who have yet to view this film, but wanted to bring attention that the main focus of this film should be Dench’s [romantic] obsession with Blanchett’s character, rather than Blanchett’s affair with her 15 year old male student. It was strange to see that there was no forgiveness whatsoever in the storyline, and that the drama kept on perpetuating. Ahh, the decisions people make in their lives… it could end up killing you!

My favourite quote was when Blanchett’s character explained the meaning behind the phrase, “Mind the Gap”. We hear it everyday while commuting on the London Underground. The “gap” signifies the dreams you wish to be reality, and the reality you are doomed to live in until you reach the other end of the gap. Insightful, isn’t it? That is a phrase who’s meaning will remain etched in my heart forever.

Go see this film if you haven’t done so already!


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