Monday, March 14, 2016

Like Sunday, Like Rain


Generally, in life or in the movies, friendships are between peers, often either the same age or at the same stage of life. But this movie, and my own life, proves this isn’t always so. When Tom and I were in our early twenties, we moved into my childhood home after my mother died. There were lots of new people on the street since I had grown up, and these people had children. A month after my mother died, we met a boy out in the field between our houses. He was about to turn nine. Through him we met all the kids on the street. While they were growing up, our house was the place to come and play. It was magic. We all just connected in this amazing, amazing way. And these kids are now in their late forties or fifties, and are still our dear friends.

That’s what Like Sunday, Like Rain is about. A true, probably lifelong, and definitely life-changing, friendship between a twelve-year old boy, Reggie and a twenty-three year old temporary nanny, Eleanor. They talk, they understand one another, they care about one another. This is a wonderful, wonderful movie, and the theme music that runs through it is exquisitely beautiful. 

This is a quiet, gentle film. I was captivated by it, and didn’t want it to end. There’s also a little treat for Green Day fans - Billie Joe Armstrong has a small role as Eleanor’s ex-boyfriend. I almost didn’t post the trailer because of the beginning of it. Honestly, that is the only loud part in the whole film. This is not a movie about an aggressive ex. His existence and their breakup is just the catalyst that gets her the nanny job. It is on Netflix Instant, and DVD.

22 comments:

  1. I so love the quiet, gentle movies...They are far and few between. I don't believe I would have heard of this without your review. So, thank you very much, Nan. You are the BEST for pointing me in the right direction for a good read or a great movie! :)

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    1. What you wrote pleases me so, so much! Thank you!

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  2. Sadly this is only available for region one, we are region two, but I will watch out for it. You are the BEST film critic ever! xx

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    1. It should show up sometime! And thank you!!

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  3. Thanks Nan, I shall look out for this :o)

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  4. As with nearly all movies and books you recommend, this one sounds like something I'd enjoy. Quiet and gentle unfortunately is not as "mainstream" as noisy and "action-packed", is it!

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    1. That's one of the great things about all the options for viewing now. I find the kind of films/tv shows that I really like.

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  5. Nan, thanks for the review. I enjoy watching such films. In some ways what you said resonated with my own childhood where our house was a transit accommodation for family and friends. It was nice to have people over almost every weekend.

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    1. That's a wonderful childhood memory.

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    1. You're welcome. I think you'd like it.

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  7. Now on my list of movie I have to watch. Thanks for letting us know about this, Nan. This definitely sounds like my kind of movie.

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  8. Ooh! Rudi is away for another week, so I'll check this out one evening. Thanks for a recommendation of something I don't mind watching without him!

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  9. You always have the best movie recommendations! I think it was you who told me about Strangers in Good Company (which I've watched once and plan to watch again). This sounds like one I'd love, so I'm off to Netflix to add it to my queue. Thanks!!

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    1. If that's true, you have a good memory. Netflix says I returned the DVD 11 years ago!! It is on Instant now and I added it to watch again. I'm a lot closer to the women's ages now than I was then. :<)

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  10. I love your story about befriending the neighborhood kids! And I hadn't heard of the movie. I'll have to check it out.

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  11. I had the same experience as a young newlywed. Children in the apartments gravitated toward us. Nowadays I might be worried that people would somehow think it was inappropriate. My then husband was a grad student and home more than me. One hot day I found him and the kids next door lounging in their baby pool. Luckily their parents became good friends of ours, too. In married student apartments, a latch key child stayed at our house all the time. She helped water the plants and just visited with us. Occasionally she would check in with her dad. She literally wore her key around her neck. And there have been more chlidren everywhere I've lived. The movie looks quite good.

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  12. I liked your story, Nan. It's nice to think of neighborhood kids going in and out of the house and feeling relaxed enough to do so. It seems like something from a long ago time. Hadn't heard of this movie either, Nan. But it sounds a treat. I will definitely look for it. I'm considering going back to Netflix one of these days.

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