Coriolanus, directed and interpreted by Ralph Fiennes, and Two Mothers, based on a novella by Doris Lessing.
Fiennes's Coriolanus is not set in ancient Rome since it it a modernization of the Elizabethan play. Warfare characterizes the dark, bloody story of Caius Marcus Coriolanus in this movie, too. A great cast, including Vanessa Redgrave, Gerald Butler, Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain and James Nesbitt, give life to the protagonists of this political historical play, who are really difficult to find appealing, but who are, anyway, complex and interesting, flawed and out of time.
It's incredible how many connections to present day politics can be drawn watching this old tragedy Shakespeare wrote in his late years.
It is not as touching and moving as his great tragedies, though Coriolanus too, is definitely thought -provoking, good food for thought. Your heart may remain untouched, but your brain will not.
As for Fiennes adaptation, if not a memorable movie, certainly an occasion to revise one of the Shakespearean works I have dealt with the least in my academic studies and my teaching career.
Coriolanus: Would you have me
False to my nature? Rather say I play
The man I am.
Two Mothers, is a controversial short novella by Doris Lessing, dealing with the thorny topic of sexuality and, in particular, with a bold double affair between two mature women and two young men. To make their affairs even more scandalous is the fact that the two women have been always close friends, something like sisters, and the two boys are one the son of the other's. I read the book, which has a light, ironic tone that makes it a fast, undemanding reading, but experienced a lack of real emotional involvement, of real tension, of the yearning and longing I expected. The 2013 movie inspired to Doris Lessing's story, at least, creates a tense, conflictual reality which is the main difference from the book. Anyway, though I've always appreciated Ms Lessing's honest attempt to break and overcome ancient taboos, though I think the movie has a good and really handsome cast as well as magnificent locations, I couldn't find anything memorable in it either. Directed by Anne Fontaine, Adore (Two Mothers) stars Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville.
Lil: It was just important for us to know it hadn't gone away.
That it was still alive.
Christ, I felt like I would suffocate if I didn't have it.
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