Soul searching independent and foreign movies, mind-blowing documentaries, psychological thrillers which I keep discovering on Netflix, in my attempt to escape reality for two hours…
Some movies, I love so much, I make mental notes to share with my friends. I encourage them to get a Netflix subscription, and Netflix does not pay me to advertise. It’s just my selfish need to discuss the movie with someone.
Then I forget the title, or I watch another movie that I love, which doesn’t make the previous one a less impressive work, it just shows my memory is starting to fail me. This is when writing it all down immediately, in this case, right after a movie ends, makes it easy to remember and share.
I’m a Natalie Portman fan, but I didn’t know that her career started when she was 12 years old. Scanning through the hundreds of available movies, I noticed, “Leon: The Professional.” The story line is about the unlikely friendship, soul-connection between Leon, a professional hit man, and Mathilda (Natalie Portman) who is about 12 years old in this moving action filled, psychological drama.
Without giving it away, the movie describes in more than one way, the silver lining, the goodness which exists in the most unlikely people, those marginalized by society, born and raised in worlds few of us experience directly.
Natalie Portman’s acting at the age of 12, reconfirmed for me that the saying “one could do whatever they set their mind to,” is false. NOT all people are born with the same “gifts.” Natalie Portman didn’t “learn” how to be an extraordinary actress. She was born to be an actress and for a child to be able to express the many nuances this part required is extraordinary!
Food for thought:
What do you think?
Could anyone just by setting their mind to it and working hard achieve the SAME LEVEL of EXCELLENCE as one born with the GIFT. I, for instance, know that no matter how much I try I will never be able to sing other than in the shower, preferably alone.