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Know Your Place

This was a really cool experience. Its very new and fresh in its themes and ideas, but it also manages to do something really cool alongside that. Maybe it’s a personal thing, so perhaps I’m overdoing it. But something about this just fooled by brain into believing it was a much older film than it was. I got a real nostalgia kick from the animal instinct part of my brain, and in some way it just felt like I was a 13 year old, in bed, watching this on a 14-inch CRT/DVD combi.

I suppose you could say it’s a fairly typical set up for this kind of film. Two friends are at the centre of a world that seems to move independently of them, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t try and stand up to it. The thing that’s really interesting about this, though, is that it’s dealing with a very modern idea of the experience of a first generation immigrant family. It’s very intelligent in its portrayal of American society as a melting pot that’s still somehow segregated in a covert way, and there’s a beautiful scene where a character talks about the idea of diversity and what it actually means.

I think one of the nicest things about this is that every character is given space to breathe and show some authenticity. We get to spend time with people of all different generations who have influenced the lives of our central characters, and without being explicitly told how, we see the subtleties of who they all are as a result of each other. It’s beautifully simple as a narrative, but there are so many complexities that are working underneath it.

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