Sometimes its not the movies with great intriguing plots, mysteries, action and romance which leave a mark in your memory. Its the subtle emotions of human beings towards nature and each other which appear so moving. Its lot more satisfying to unravel the hidden emotions in characters and feel their self, than relating to the ready-to-feel expressions presented directly. I had one such rare opportunity to watch the screening of Promise and Unrest and interact with its directors Alan Grossman and Áine O’Brien.
Its a story of a woman, Noemi Barredo who represents a major chunk of migrants who leave their homeland in aspiration of better living. Its the natural way of how the story is presented, which is capturing. It spans over a five-year period, from the childhood of Noemi Barredo’s daughter to her admission to college. The unwilling separation of a mother from her daughter, her migration from Philippines to Ireland, her care for her parents, simple pleasures of life, their worries, eventual death of her father etc. comprises a slice of their actual lives. Its the story of everyday life of an individual, how every event in one’s life is filled with struggle, pain, happiness, hope, trust and promise and unrest. The film ends with a happy re-union of mother and daughter through the ‘right to family reunification’ in Ireland. Here’s the trailer.
More than the portrayal of the film, its the willingness of Noemi Barredo to share her true life and her relationships as they happen in real-time, which impressed me most. Whats more than living daily life as a character in a drama?