Romanians welcome the nascent spring with nine days affectionately called Babele, which are elder women or spirits, considered weather divinities, active in early spring.
In this period, the women have to pick a day from one to nine (pick a baba) to find out how the coming year will be. If the chosen day is sunny and bright, that means that the year will be happy and wealthy. On the other hand, if the day is rainy and cold, the year will come with tears, sorrow, and poverty.
According to popular beliefs, Babele legend is associated with the story of Baba Dochia who decided to take the sheep heard on the mountain as she thought the spring came. During the trip, the sun makes her take off the coats, one by one, until she remains without any coat. Tragically, the weather suddenly changes and Baba Dochia freezes. Her death on March 9 represents the passing between the cold season and the warm one.
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One of the most disturbing films I’ve ever seen. But it really is a perfect film.
Everything about the film is immaculate. The acting, the writing, the cinematography, the sound design, the horrifyingly bleak color pallet, the off putting editing. It’s just such an unsettling and grounded film that holds no punches on your emotional strength. The film just keeps getting more and more and more disturbing, harder and harder to watch, but you just can’t look away because it is just such an immersive film, no matter how much it breaks you down.
Something I really love about the film is the fact that none of it is hamfisted. I watched an Alejandro Gonzáles Iñáritu film called Babel the other day, and while it was an emotionally profound and psychologically damaging film, it’s message was so clear and shoved down the audiences throat that it’s easy to get taken out of it. Requiem for a Dream’s anti drug themes are hidden so expertly behind the brilliant surface. There’s no bullshit about “you see what happens when you get hooked on drugs?” or “look at how great your life was before all of this shit was happening.” From the very beginning you can latch on to the characters because you understand them and know where they’re coming from, they’re believable people and their motivations make sense. Yes you can tell they’re in over their heads and incredibly ignorant, but it’s not done in a paper thin after school special type way. It will make you never want to do drugs, but at the same time it doesn’t act as if avoiding that kind of lifestyle is so simple.
A few days after watching the film I was just so broken by it that I was decently convinced I’d never watch it again. I’ve since cooled down now, and I probably will give it another watch in the future, it truly is brilliant. Darren Aronofsky is really impressing me as a director, I’m excited to see more by him. I didn’t love this film as much as Black Swan but I did think it was better than Pi. Honestly, it’s one of those films that deserves the hype, it is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Actors Elizabeth Banks – “Love & Mercy,” “The Hunger Games” Choi Min-sik– “Lucy,” “Oldboy” Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” Martin Freeman – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Hot Fuzz” Heather Graham – “The Hangover,” “Boogie Nights” Tom Hardy – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Inception” Kevin Hart – “The Wedding Ringer,” “Ride Along” Felicity Jones – “The Theory of Everything,” “Like Crazy” Stephen Lang – “Avatar,” “The Men Who Stare at Goats” Jodi Long – “A Picture of You,” “Beginners” John Carroll Lynch – “Shutter Island,” “Zodiac” Gugu Mbatha-Raw – “Beyond the Lights,” “Belle” Denis O’Hare – “Milk,” “Michael Clayton” Michael O’Neill – “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Transformers” David Oyelowo – “Selma,” “A Most Violent Year” Dev Patel – “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Slumdog Millionaire” Rosamund Pike – “Gone Girl,” “Pride & Prejudice” Chris Pine – “Into the Woods,” “Star Trek” Daniel Radcliffe – “Kill Your Darlings,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” Eddie Redmayne – “The Theory of Everything,” “Les Misérables” Jason Segel – “The Five-Year Engagement,” “The Muppets” J.K. Simmons – “Whiplash,” “Juno” Sonny Skyhawk – “Geronimo: An American Legend,” “Young Guns II” Song Kang-ho – “Snowpiercer,” “The Host” Emma Stone – “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” “The Help”