February 2024

Denise has proposed three films for us to watch this month (see below). Please nominate the film of your choice by leaving a comment on this page. Nominations close on 21st February.

  • Location: The Spirit of Life
  • Date: Friday, 1st March 2024
  • Time: 19:00 for a 19:30 start

Please note that on this occasion the date, Friday 1st March, is different to the usual “last Saturday of the month”.

On the evening we will ask for a €2 contribution to defray the cost of wine and nibbles (see below).

When the film ends those who wish to leave can do so, but for those who would like to stay and discuss the film we will rearrange the chairs and provide wine and nibbles to ensure a convivial atmosphere for discussion.

If you are unable to attend a film night then please do not vote.  If you have voted but the nominated film is one you do not wish to see then please inform us as soon as possible since we need to ascertain the exact number attending.

Cinema Paradiso

Giuseppe Tornatore’s loving homage to the cinema tells the story of Salvatore, a successful film director, returning home for the funeral of Alfredo, his old friend who was the projectionist at the local cinema throughout his childhood. Soon memories of his first love affair with the beautiful Elena and all the high and lows that shaped his life come flooding back, as Salvatore reconnects with the community he left 30 years earlier.

As Good As It Gets

Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear and Cuba Gooding, Jr., star in James L. Brooks’ hit comedy, AS GOOD AS IT GETS. Nicholson gives a show-stopping performance as Melvin Udall, an obsessive-compulsive novelist with Manhattan’s meanest mouth. But when his neighbor Simon is hospitalized, Melvin is forced to babysit Simon’s dog. And that unexpected act of kindness, along with waitress Carol Connelly, helps put Melvin back in the human race. (Original Title – As Good As It Gets) © 1997 TriStar Pictures, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Way

Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to France to collect the remains of his adult son who was killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago – also known as ‘The Way of Saint James’. Driven by his desire to understand his lost son, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage, leaving his California life behind. Armed only with his son’s backpack and guidebook, he begins the 800km historical pilgrimage but soon discovers that he won’t be alone on this journey – he meets other pilgrims from around the world, all broken and looking for greater meaning in their lives. From the hardship experienced along “The Way” an unlikely group of misfits are bonded and Tom begins to learn the difference between ‘The life we live and the life we choose.’

15 thoughts on “February 2024

  1. I would like to watch The Way, which I have never seen. Thanks to Denise for the nice options. Cinema Paradiso is a classic, of course, but I have watched it often enough.

  2. As Good As It Gets for me.

    Cinema Paradiso is also great, and I’ve only seen it once (and that was a very long time ago), so I’d also be happy with that. The Way also seems interesting, so whatever is chosen I’ll be happy.

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