FILM DAYS – Father Unknown – films, discussions – Thursday Sep 11th -Friday Sep 12th

F I L M D A Y S     Father Unknown
– all films followed by discussion-


Nobody knows   Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan 2004, 141 min.
A single mother moves with her four young children into a small Tokyo appartment. The family forms a protective microcosmos that slowly starts to open up to the outer world. A heart-felt movie of  loneliness, longing, strength.

The kid with a bike    Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Belgium 2011, 87 min.
Twelve-year-old Cyril is abandoned by his father and lives in an  institution. He spends most of his time running around on his bike.  On the streets, he meets good and bad.

ca 18.45
D I N N E R please bring things to share.

Like father like son, Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan 2013, 121 min
Two babies have been switched at the maternity hospital. When this  mistake is detected by standard blood test just before the boys’s schooling, two families must take hard decisions. Shall they switch  back? What’s deepest, biology or Upbringing?

Why just Father Unknown and not Mother Unknown, someone asked.
Always Fathers! Who would deny that mothers are important? Some though would deny their unknownness. Fathers seem to disappear more easily, and a fatherhood could more easily be doubted. Father Unknown!
God the Father in the Christian tradition is the creator of heaven and earth (that is: beyond everything!). The Creator is the great Lover of his creation and its very the Origin. He puts up a tent for the humans in the big desert.
This Father is also the Law Giver, the one who puts the limits to life. Human life starts according to the ancient myths with an interdiction: “Do not eat of that tree!”, God tells Adam and Eve in Paradise.
A law is what separates one person from another. “You can approach as far as this, not further, STOP! Move Back! “ An authority can be negative. But it is also a necessary authority to create a human culture.  If noting separates us, “I” cannot distinguish myself from “You”. Only with some distance I can look at your face and your body and acknowledge that I am not you and you are not me. Puh! Free at last! I can get my own opinons, my ways and culture. God the Father the Law Giver is the garant for me to become a person of my own.

Three films: Father Unknown. Not about God the Father, but about the human father who has left his kids to not much at all. What happens when the father  is not there?  That father who is not the Creator of heaven and earth, but all the same a love Giver and an origin of the child. This human father has also his importance as the law giver for the child, separating the child from the mother, putting up some limits: “It´s me and your mother who make the couple in this family, not your mother and you!”
What about a situation where the love giver,  an origin and aa law giver is lost?  How does a blind man without a tent orient himself in the desert?
br Björn


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