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Bomber

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4.0 out of 5 stars Ah, the joys of family... Oct. 6 2010
By Chris Swanson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
(special thanks to Film Movement for providing me with a screener!)

Family is one of the few things in our lives we can't choose. You can reinvent yourself in many ways, but your family is something you're stuck with, for better or worse.

In the film Bomber, Ross (Shane Taylor), gets reminded of just how bad the "worse" part can be when he's stuck driving his elderly parents from England to a small town in Germany. Precisely why his father (Benjamin Whitrow), wants to go there is a mystery that's not revealed until fairly deep into the film.

Ross is a man who's clearly been hounded by his father his entire life. His dad is definitely one of those men who is never happy with anyone or anything. We never quite find out exactly why, but the trip to Germany offers at least something of an explanation. His mother (Eileen Nicholas), is a pleasant, long-suffering woman who clearly loves her husband and her son, and yet feels very alienated from both, which is no surprise given that neither treats her well.

This is a good movie, but not always an easy one to watch. Both Ross and his father are jerks, both to each other and to Ross' mother, throughout the film. Once Ross finds out why his dad is so keen to be in Germany, he calms down quite a bit. As for his father? He remains largely the same, though in the final scene we get a glimpse of hope for a better future.

== Short Subject ==

This month's short film is the German movie "Edgar". It's about an old, retired man whose wife died recently. He feels useless and wants to work. He goes to a department store looking for a job, and then accidentally leaves while holding an umbrella he didn't pay for. He's nabbed by the store security guard who explains that he won't have to worry about jail, but might have to do some court-ordered work. The old man gets a gleam in his eye...

To say more would spoil the movie. Suffice to say I really liked this short! It's intelligent, has a good message and the last scene had me laughing my backside off! Definitely worth seeing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Road Trip Worth Taking Nov. 2 2010
By kellyth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
"Bomber" does a great job of reminding you that sometimes the people you think you know the best, you don't really know at all. It takes a somewhat already dysfunctional family - distant father, frustrated mother, conflicted son - and throws them into the one situation that can take its toll on even the closest of families: a cross-country road trip. The film has all the usual road trip elements, from bickering drivers to tourist stops (courtesy of Mom's guidebook - gotta love when she takes a picture of son Ross pointing to a road sign. Whose mother hasn't made them do THAT on a family trip?)to trying to get directions in a country where nobody understands you. But it's the interaction between the family itself and the reason why they're on the trip in the first place (you have to see it to find out - no spoiler here)that really makes this film worth seeing. With just a small cast (three main characters, all brilliantly acted), you might think the story would drag but it doesn't. Driven by a good plot, some quirky situations, unexpected dialogue and excellent camera work (especially if you consider the movie's budget), it's a should-see. Watch it with your kids or your parents; you might be surprised at the reaction...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a Great Movie March 29 2011
By wink47 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
A aging veteran wanting to return to the village he mistakenly bombed in WWII. A silly car accident forces a young 30 something son to drive his parents on a trip from England to Germany. Believable marital, family, generational and cultural complications. Suspenseful and humorous. 3-dimensional characters with excellent and subtle acting. Beautiful photography. The resolution that we need to express our emotions was simplistic and unsatisfying. While the use of the f-word was not gratuitous, it was overused for my taste.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can pick your friends, but not your family. Nov. 3 2010
By Mark Urquhart-webb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Sometimes the resolution you seek is not the one you thought you'd find when you start out on your journey. Paul Cotter's engaging and witty film "Bomber" invites us to think about the stories people, yes, even family members, carry around inside their heads, without ever telling anyone else about them. Just as Holocaust survivors have been known to keep their memories in a compartment away from their normal everyday family life, Alistair has kept his own memories of the War in his head and heart for decades.

So he decides to take a roadtrip back to Germany, with his wife Valeri and all-but-useless son, to visit the village he bombed accidentally as a young pilot during the second World War. He intends to apologize to its inhabitants for the destruction he caused. What this actually translates into when he gets there is a scene of him solemnly 'tidying up' some bricks from a bomb-damaged farm building into a neat pile. It is a profoundly moving moment. The damage cannot be undone: buildings cannot be magically restored and yet Cotter suggests it is the process of trying that matters.

This theme provides the path to the unexpected resolution of the film. Relationships in the family that had been entangled by misunderstanding and selfishness at the outset of the journey are gently teased out into a manageable order that makes the road ahead (and Valerie's shoe shop Shangri-La) promise a happier future for the family. Recognizing the things that he can change in his own family may be the most rewarding thing Alistair can take home with him.

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. The director handles his subject with a lightness of touch that is refreshing and entertaining. The superb performances from his cast of actors made me laugh at the absurdities of family life and yet feel connected enough to the characters to hope it all worked out for them in the end. I will look forward to this director's next project ...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Glad I Saw This Film May 20 2013
By hellomynameis - Published on Amazon.com
Came across this DVD, and because I'm a very particular film watcher, I was hesitant to sit and start watching it unless it was going to be a good movie. Two of the "user" reviews on IMDB didn't seem to get the film, but the trailer looked like just my kind of movie. As it turned out, I was delighted by the movie from beginning to end. It is one of those movies where the little details in the editing and the music scoring and the acting are so well done. The best thing about this movie is the performances of the elderly parents. Those are EXPERT actors. They know just what they're doing, from their big moments to the little glances and expressions. The film moves along so briskly and easily, and it ultimately provides two monologues for the elderly husband and the wife characters near the end of the film that allow the two actors to truly demonstrate their expertise in their craft. Watching the extra behind the scenes portion of the DVD revealed that all that precise editing (so well done) and the excellent photography were all accomplished with a micro budget and barely any crew at all (really just four or five people). This film really goes to show how filmmakers who really know what they're doing can do a lot on a very small budget and make it all look so smooth. I thoroughly enjoyed "Bomber," especially the performances of Benjamin Whitrow and Eileen Nicholas. They were both delightful and amazing. The writing is superb, and the story is funny, touching, and easy to take. The script and the acting provide insights into human nature and its emotional potential. Glad I saw it.

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