But now the honeymoon comes to an end and I spend the final day of the June/July holidays contemplating what my daughter is going to study at University now that her preferred campus is no longer offering Strategic Communications anymore.
There is a lot on offer in Melbourne, but she doesn't like that idea, so back to the drawing board we go and look at the possibility of Geelong. This is pretty stressful stuff, choices at this point will dictate where Zoe will live and study in the future. She was so devastated when her first choice was pulled, I thought she was going to have a heart attack! She has had her eye on that course for the last 2 years, choosing all of her subjects based solely on it; so it is only natural that she had a freak out. It's never easy watching your kids have a melt down and not being able to do anything about it, but we still have some time and a lot of other options, it's not the end of the world, it just feels like that for Zoe.
So to distract me from my thoughts and concerns I took advantage of the morning sunshine and hit the road with Seth as we cycled around the neighbourhood standing on our pedals, feeling the wind at our heels and attracting the attentions of every stray hound on the block with our shouts and carry on. With the weather fast on the decline, we headed home to bake a big batch of choc-chip cookies for lunchboxes. Then it was time to settle in and knit Dib's Gryffindor scarf in front of the heater with a cuppa and a decent arvo flick.
Release Date: 2012
Running Time: 97 mins
This movie gained lots of attention when it was released, winning the Silver Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival and being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. It is a French language film, set at the base of the Swiss Alps and showcasing some of the most majestic and beautiful landscapes.
We follow the life of twelve year old Simon who is supporting his wayward sister by stealing from wealthy skiers on the mountain. Simon takes on all of the responsibilities for his sister and is forced into the role of the adult; but he soon realizes that there is still a child inside of him that needs to be loved.
Kacey Mottiet Klein is incredible as Simon, easily one of the saddest child roles of recent times; and Lea Seydoux (best known for Blue is the Warmest Color) portrays all of the patchiness of Louise perfectly. Really confronting and utterly heart wrenching, it is impossible to not feel for both of the characters as they struggle to define themselves in the face of adversity.
FINAL SAY: Everyone is just a product
3.5 Chili Peppers