It’s been more movies of late … it’s a good reprieve as I am right in the midst of fiscal ’07 forecasting, program planning and fiscal ’08 budget preparation. I had forgotten just how difficult managing a National Program can be with the adventures posed by the diversity that is Canada, not mention the international challenge we face in recruiting the exceptionally few folks globally who can facilitate this program. There are only three universities in the world where folks are professionally certified to offer this type of intervention. I must continue my effort to partner with a Canadian university to offer the curriculum.
But to the movies…
An even earlier film (1997), this time a Turkey/Italy/Spain production directed by Ferzan Ozpetek is Hamam (aka Steam). Everyone seems to think this is a gay themed flick, and while it does have a Francesco-likes-Mehmet angle, it is more the story of a man reconnecting with his culture. Our lead, Francesco, dashes off to Istanbul to sell a hamam he’s inherited from a dead aunt, Anita. However, on arriving he finds he loves the Hamam (not to mention Mehmet, the son of the family who has run the hamam since Anita’s death) and decides to stay and restore it, which pisses off some nasty Turkish mafia guys. Francesco’s wife, Marta, arrives on scene bent on divorce but seeing how much Francesco has changed opts to love him again and forego the divorce. But it’s so-sad, too-bad as Francesco is murdered by the mafia bad guys leaving poor Marta to morph into dear, dead aunt Anita. The end. Aside from some lovely scenes in the hamam, not much more here to sustain me. My rating: 4 out of 10.