This film is about a reunion of three people who were imprisoned in the Drancy internment camp by the the Nazis during World War II, and it explores how that experience decades later still affected their lives presently. I could not resist the powerhouse of a cast that included Susan Sarandon, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer and Gabriel Byrne. The gathering in the movie takes place in a soggy farm in Quebec during a beautiful Canadian Fall.
The great Max von Sydow and the always beautiful Susan Sarandon
Secondly, a scene in the movie reinforced to me how beautiful language is and how important it is to teach children how to appreciate language. I think I read somewhere that language development begins before birth and continues to be a major part of the child's development for the first three years of life. This translates to roughly gaining about 900–1,000 words at the age of three which will make up most of the words that we know as adults.
Von Sydow, Roy Dupius as Benjamin Winters and Dakota Goyo as Timmy, Benjamin's son
In one scene, Christopher Plummer’s character dismisses his 6 year-old grandson, Timmy (played by Dakota Goyo) with, “If you are here to inquire about a visit to our friends the frogs, the time is not good.” Timmy sighs loudly and it cracked me up! How many of us speak like this to the children around us? I truly believe that we can best help a child develop good language by including the child in our conversations and believe that they have the capacity to learn and understand.
Have a happy Monday, all. May you find emotional balance and see the beauty in language.