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Saturday, 18 June 2016

I'm on the mend and "The Nice Guys"

The highlight of the week was a trip to York District Hospital Orthopaedics Outpatients department. After an x-ray of my right arm and a quick examination by a doctor, I am officially on the mend and discharged from the hospital. (HOORAY)

Also I had my first visit to the physiotherapist who assured me that I was progressing well. This was at St Monica's Hospital here in Easingwold. It as a little strange. The Physiotherapy Department comprised of one physiotherapist and I was the only client, so after talking about exercises for the arm, we had some time left on the appointment which we filled with a very interesting talk about visiting volcanoes in Italy. All very pleasant.

My partner and I visited Cityscreen Cinema in York to see "The Nice Guys", a comedy film set in the 1970's. This is a very funny, light, buddy movie. Two men meet as opponents and decide to team up in their search for a young woman (the one in the yellow dress in the poster). Definitely not to be taken seriously but funny and very enjoyable, both of us were laughing.

Friday, 10 June 2016

"A War"

I am continuing with watching Oscar nominated films. "A War" was nominated in the Best Foreign Language category.

In the last six or seven years, here in the UK we have seen a lot of Scandinavian television crime and political dramas on our televisions, starting with "The Killing" and "Wallender" and "Borgen". We've even had a very good Icelandic police drama (whose name I cannot remember). "1864" is a Danish television series in 8 programmes, about the Second Schleswig Holstein War, the Danes were on the losing side.

Apart from Ingmar Bergman's films, many of which are wonderful, we have not had many films from Scandinavia but following on from the televisions dramas, this is now changing. We have had a number of Danish films, such as "The Hunt" or "A Royal Affair", both starring Mads Mikellsen,

"A War" is a Danish film with English subtitles. It stars two actors that I know from those police dramas, Pilou Asbaek is a Danish Army platoon commander, fighting in Afghanistan. Tuva Novotny is his wife at home with the young family. The film has two interwoven plot lines, the platoon level fighting in Afghanistan and the family coping with long-term absence of the father. In the last third of the film, the father is returned to Denmark to face a Court Martial.

I really enjoyed this film very much. It is very well acted and nicely photographed, with Jordan standing in for Afghanistan. With the UK having taken part in the Afghan campaign and having lost a large number of young soldiers, I identified with the story. This is a film that reminds me that military action has great consequences at home as well as in the field. I recommend it highly.