Dear Da, Dear Frankie

When I wrote about our upcoming trip to Scotland, I asked for books you would recommend.  Alfonso commented, recommending Dear Frankie.  It is seldom that I find more than one movie I really, really like in one season year.  And after Sweet Land, I believe I’ve filled my quota. 

Let’s get the problems out of the way:  there is some language, the worst kind (I’d rather hear a f-bomb before a casual muttering of the Lord’s name – and I loathe the f-bomb).  The ending wasn’t credible from my point of view and lacked consistency with the tenor of the entire movie.  In one sense it was too neat and tidy; however, it left one key relationship unresolved.

What this movie illustrates is a profound father hunger which I believe we are all born with.  Some are blessed to have that hunger assuaged, others know the gnawing bite which takes up residence.  I’ve said before that the most attractive traits in a potential husband are the ones which would make him a good dad. 

The silences in this movie are full of drama and tension.  Much can be communicated without words. 

The dialog is delightful – in heaven I’m sure we’ll speak in a lilting Scottish brogue, swallowing our tees and ending sentences with an upward tones.  If you have a hard time catching the words, try watching it with subtitles. 

This movie gives a great view of the Edinburgh residents see – the city outside of the Royal Mile. 

Thank you, Alfonso, very, very much. 

  

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6 thoughts on “Dear Da, Dear Frankie

  1. Hi Carol, it was nice to meet you this afternoon! What a fun party that was, I know Jon and Lindsey will be well blessed in their life together.
    I read your blog, when are you going to Scotland? I’ve been there a few times and it’s absolutely wonderful! Are you looking for books/movies re Scots life or for info or? For info I like the DK Eyewitness Travel guide. There is one on Scotland alone or an entire Great Britain one which covers Scotland as well, just not as much in depth as the Scotland book does. You can get them pretty reasonable on amazon, I got mine new at Borders, it was about $20.00 but WELL worth it as there are prices and times for attraction entries, contact numbers for restaurants and hotels, maps, cultural stuff, interesting history, so much is packed in it that it’s pretty good reading without the plans made for a trip!
    Warning, You will hear that particular f word a lot, it’s part of the culture and doesn’t seem to have the same attachments to it there as here in the States, I never got to where I could block it out, but was able to recognize that it’s a cultural difference and just guarded my ears well. Lots of prayer, mostly for me to be cautious and not condemning.
    Are you going to Edinburgh? That’s like my favorite city, (even more than London)! On the corner of Princes Street and The Mound, there are 2 galleries, the Royal Scottish Academy and the National Gallery of Scotland, the National Gallery is FULL of art, and it’s free, or it was 10 years ago. But it’s a great place to hang out and see all kinds of international works. They have a Scots artists section as well which is just as good as the international sections.  
    Have a great day, I’ll come read your page more! Kathy

  2. What fun yesterday!!  Great to see Carol again and to meet Kathy (Applechexx).   Yes, I agree, Edinburgh is wonderful.  Wow, Kathy, we may have passed on the street, as I was in Edinburgh about 10yrs ago!   I enjoyed Dear Frankie…. and finally finished Sweet Land (many nights of falling asleep in the middle of the movie).  Loved it!Thanks, Carol, for your words!!

  3. Carol, it is a pleasure to be able to do something for you in return of the great moments I spend reading your blog.
    When I found you asking for something about Scotland, there was still sounding in my ears the hard accent of the characters of “Dear Frankie” (seen several months ago…). I’ve never been in Scotland but seeing the film I found myself as if I were coming home back.
    When I found your blog entry saying that you enjoyed “Dear Frankie”, I experienced a warm emotion and a reward for the audacity of using a language I’m not confident in.
    It has been my pleasure, really.

  4. i’ll have to look up “Dear Frankie”– i did love the Scottish sound when i was there in 1990, altho i have to say i had to ask people to repeat often

  5. Ohh, I’ve heard about this somewhere else recently too.  I’m adding it to my Netflix queue since your last recommendation: Sweet Land was a lovely movie.

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