Nov 21, 2010

Me too - Yo tambien, 2009

Me too -Yo, tambien, 2009
Director: Antonio Naharro, Alvaro Pastor
Cast: Lola Duenas, Pablo Pineda, Antonio Naharro

Stage: Movie Theatre Vič - official stage of Liffe festival

Me too in short: Daniel - a recent university graduate with Down's Syndrome - falls in love on his first day at work in the Department of Social Services. Laura is an outsider who spends her nights in the city's crowded clubs and singles' bars, escaping her problems in the arms of total strangers. Yet despite their apparent incompatibility, the two strike up a moving, bittersweet friendship that touches them both and eventually sets them on the road to happiness.

Preps: I know this is a movie about a man with Down's syndrome, living his way through life. But nothing more that I am aware of. Some good recomendations make my expectations rise in clouds.

Reality: Hm, truly, as Laura in the piece says; why would you want to be "normal".. I see that normal people aren't angels at all, as I march through the movie following the soul of a man with Down's syndrome. Making the way harder each day from all the people surrounding him..
I am surprised to see he has a normal job and can actually make his own living. As I was once a bystander when a child with the syndrome was born to a family I knew, I upgraded my knowledge on the disease. Since that point, I have always admired the courage of people with the syndrome to try to make it on their own and also the support of their families should be tremendous. As the movie points out, the families can sometimes be very disrespectful to the rights of an individual with the disease for a simple fact of trying to protect the member of a family and making it impossible for him to get hurt.

It is sad watching every day scenes that simply cannot be applied to a life of an individual with a Down Syndrome. Because they are so different, most people just get prejudicial or judgemental before getting to know them or before giving themselves a chance to know them. Sad enough, making fun of people that want to get to know them. As Laura in the movie does, the viewer is dragged from one red sign to another. Is she nice and open or is she only exploiting the situation for her own ego reasons? In the end, the good perspective wins and the movie has somehow Hollywood ending.

Nevertheless, I am convinced most of the stories don't end this nicely. A good piece to watch, because it will bring positive values on the surface of your soul.

My personal rating: 9,0 (a touching movie, reminding us to be grateful that we are "normal" and reminding those that are "normal" that it's not as splendid to be "normal" as one would want)

Yo tambien on IMDB
Me too official page

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