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“The Other F. word” was shown at the Film Forum (New York City) last week. It is about punk-rock male artists, some of them very famous like Jim Lindberg (Pennywise). They also have families and try to reconcile their lives as punk-rockers and fathers.

As one of them funnily says, people have very low expectations about them as fathers. They are covered with tattoos and piercing. “They have obviously inhaled” and put anything there is to put on their nose and veins. They dress strange and you don’t expect them to be part of a parent-teacher conference in a school on the Upper-East Side.

Yet as fathers, they have it all. First, unlike the rest of us, they had difficult families. Perhaps that’s why they are happily married. And lucky them, they struggle to see their kids and succeed to see them. You almost regret not to be a punk-rocker dad when you get out of the theatre.

A f… ing must see.

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I saw “the Song of Sparrows” (Majid Majidi, Iran, 2008) two days ago. This movie is not about a struggle for survival (what the trailer says), or even the cultural shock of a red neck going to the big city (Tehran). It is about fatherhood, and it is as superb as the rural landscapes (the surroundings of Tehran?) that the main protagonist is crossing on his bike on his way to the big city. The protagonist, Karim, is a father. He does what fathers do, like tying the laces of the shoes of his girl who goes to school. The premise: Karim’s older daughter’s hearing aid is damaged and he wants to fix it for her. Moreover, he will  lose his job as a worker in an rural farm raising ostriches.

Always sensitive and culturally open-minded PG states that “some material may not be suitable for children?” Perhaps because U.S. family courts, if they were to see the movie, would cast Karim as a child abuser and prescribe him supervised visitations.

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