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HANDICAP IS A HUMAN CREATION
on 31 July 2008
The Giani Amelio movie is an intellectual delight about remorse and love revitalised and more than that it is about the fact it is never too late to make up for lost time in human relationships and if it had been sentimental it would not have come up with a cynical mother who prays and has the courage to admit that she wished her disabled child would have died many a times although she is imbued with a self condemned hatred for that thought alone .
There is a sense of loss in it's rich narrative which keeps you glued to the aspirations of these disabled kids who are beyond any medical care ,there are moments here where you can actually observe the tortured human soul and at times you get naked glimpses of the distorted world inhabited by these disabled children and their carers and parents, who are suffer more yet are blessed by a magnificent love for their physically challenged offsprings .
This has more qualities to it then i have seen in similar themes about a father-son[played by Rossi clan as father and son ] relation under examination when the teenage boy meets his father for the first time ,from their introduction to their tumultuously evolving relationship ,as the father tries to help rehabilitate the disabled lad, or about the discussion on handicap and disability in context to a family structure affected severley by the duress of a disabled child who tests the patience of the parents .
The performances by Kim Rossi,Andrea Rossi and Charlotte Rampling are too real to be an act ,they are heartfelt forays into the world of human deprivation,especially Rampling who plays a mother who exists only for caring her disabled offspring and displays an anguish that is immensely moving ,
This will remain an utterly haunting memory in my mind forever as it is sincere and passionate art without redundant style which fascinates you by it's eclectic simplicity.
The genius is how the director acutely perceives the medical profession,which views these kids, with a patronising sympathy but cannot empathise with their natural status , despite being the only people who are bestowed with the means and skills to help these children ,they are unable to fathom the mysteries of human emotion in disabled bodies ,as it becomes almost a personal ego trip and a grand circus to treat them, with the experimental paraphranelia extending from electro encehalograms and video gait measures ,merely to discuss them in medical forums as medical objectives and subjects rather than human individuals .
I totally agree with the conclusion of the maker that the paradox is in the mind to a large extent of the so-called normal individual ,rather than the disabled body, and you need to examine your perspectives to disability and then reach a private and more concious conclusion regarding a disabled individual who is possibly content as they exist naturally in their creation,for me that was a bitter truth to swallow that society has created this handicap for our own satisfaction , to glorify and flaunt and wallow in our technical knoweledge and scientific sophistication ,and the human spirit whatever body it inhabits just needs to be loved in the final appraisal by people who sincerely care for just who they are in whatever mangled form they inhabit it .
The distorted physical forms are almost emotional poetry in this movie and the final product is an emotional ballet like a great Italian opera without the pretense .
OTHER THAN THAT THE DVD HAS A BOOK ABOUT THE MOVIE ,A FEATURE AND OTHER SPECIAL MATERIAL -IT IS A MUST BUY IN A BEAUTIFUL PACKAGE
usman latif khawaja