Wednesday, December 3, 2008


It has been ages since I went to see a movie but when I found out that this one was playing in our local arthouse theatre, I just marked it on our calender so I wouldn't miss it.
This film is a story about a lovely primary school teacher who has an amazingly positive outlook on life. She starts driving lessons with an instructor who is the polar opposite of her: narrow-minded, negative and angry. While the instructor shouts at Poppy about her habit of wearing inappropriate driving footwear, she laughs and enjoys the moment... because anger just doesn't seem to be part of her. But she has a great empathy for any vulnerable person, and shows a lot of love and understanding. Poppy is incredibly joyous and bright, like a golden ray of sunshine! There are plenty of funny moments in this film and I think it shows people coping with life's setbacks and difficulties with humour and love.

The film showed how Poppy wanted to see happiness and light and that's what she saw; and the driving instructor only saw bitterness and hate in the same situations, because he didn't want to see anything else. The film seemed to say that we can, to some extent, decide what our world is; the world isn't just outside our bodies, its just as much made up of the feelings that we create in our own heads.

Thank you Joey for writing about this film in your blog because that's when I first heard about it and made me want to go and see it! :)