'Lets see a movie no.' I cribbed to hubby, last night.
'Surprise me. Some thing from your downloaded collection.'
We started with 'City of lost children.' In less than five minutes, I was cribbing again.
'This is too scary. Lets see something else no, please.'
'Ok, lets see this one. Its a very good film from Cuba. It's called, 'The Lost City. This was about Feidel Castro's time.'
About ten minutes later, I gave up. 'I cant understand a word from the dialogues. And I am in no shape for a revolution. Can we see something more feminine, please?'
'Wtf. You think I am a TV remote?'
'Please, please, pretty please.' I begged.
'You are a fake. I don't believe you are from FTII. You don't have the patience to watch a good movie,' he complained, but he didn't leave the bedroom with his laptop.
'Ok, this is your last chance. It's an Oscar winner. Juno. About a teenage girl in US getting pregnant.'
'Lets try.' I said, yawning.
Maybe ten minutes, maybe fifteen, and the sleep flew out the window.
Juno. A sixteen year old who chickens out from an abortion and decides to give her baby for adoption. Digs into a newspaper to look for ads from childless couples, and selects which ones seem the most cool. And then tell her parents that she is pregnant. And then they go meet the adoptive parents. A couple who have not been able to conceive for the last five years. A woman who feels she is 'born to be a mother.'
They sign a contract. The couple will pay for the medical expenses, and the baby will go to them.
What a beautiful arrangement. Somehow, it seemed so very cool. I always thought surrogate mothers were like, strange women, till I saw this film. It is a service, carrying a babe for someone else. Hats off.
The plot moves well, its not all malai shakkar. Some poignant moments, and very well developed characters. The casting is almost as good as the script.
What was worth admiration, was the universal flavor that got preserved in spite of the American touch.
Here is the trailer of the film.
And if you want to down load it, go to www.thepiratebay.org. Gosh, I must be a fake. I am suggesting piracy.
In fact, I am sure an Indian version is on the way. Infertility and teenage pregnancy is too juicy
a combination to be let off by our masala directors.