Again, at Roko’s, drinks get a more than fair share of the scene. Other digging tools are subtle reminders of the grave pun intended references by Filemoni and the soundtracks. The movie itself did not add to my confusion. But criticism – especially the constructive type – must still be rendered and received hopefully in amicable mutuality. Were it not for the other workers who held him back, he could have smashed Sam with a chair. Although drowning is believed to cause Sam’s death, technically, ingesting and drinking of salt water is the real killer. He sobs and cries for Sam. Last but not least, the movie title and explicit lyrics of the soundtracks also connote and proclaim predictable and untimely death.
Personally, I do not think that would be so. It is the Samoan colloquialisms and the passionate expressionism that really hit home for me as it pertains to the relationships around the central characters. He has some classic lines that when translated into English do not carry the same affect as when he speaks the lines in his native tongue. He could have gone on but another elder told him to stop and respect the purpose of the occasion. The young people first meet in a store when Teuila was buying something and ran short of coins. Though water is universally symbolic of life, in the movie, it seems to take on a controverting significance. He goes to Teuila and tells her the same thing.
Though this may be a minor, almost trivial matter in terms of Western societal norms, in Samoa, where religion plays a distinct and integral role in familial and communal life. At times, we must let things go, if the young are willing to take another gusia, a road that is not necessarily dangerous and life-threatening. Sam’s dive in the pool is a foreshadow of his own death.
One is, in certain movue, we must not contend with others too much to make things go our way — especially us adults when dealing with the young. In fact, Filemoni is a short-tempered man. Some people have criticized the movie, saying it could encourage young people to commit suicide. At the very beginning when Sam offers to pay for Teuila’s shopping, he is buying two bottles of some type of drink see picture.
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He also tells her that Sam will be marrying a Catholic girl – and not her. Adding to the the primary themes of the movie love, death, suicide, religion, courtship, etc there are so many other underlying topics that are implied throughout the movie that I found it hard to focus gausja times.
The father is angry and beats Sam up at the beach calling him all sorts of names, leaving him with sand all over him after the struggle. Without experience, it is hard to truly understand the people and the complex, troublesome, often violent interactions shared by parents who cannot relinquish their hold on their adult children, and conversely their children, who walk the tightrope between loyalty to their family and the desire to feel and love another person.
You are tautooga using your WordPress. The fact that Sam was holding them up in plain view of the viewers is very telling too.
Part I Suicide or not suicide? Sam later goes to their home and approaches the father while he was coming back from a fishing trip in his canoe.
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The actors all speak in Gautoga but sub-titles in English are provided. Teuila accepts the offer but asks Sam for his phone number, with the intention to pay back mogie money he gives. It was my own pre-formed notions that led to the distractions.
This has been true for me. Newer Post Older Post Home. Though both drinks get the initial medium close up shot, Sam’s drink gets the cu close up shot. I give this film 5 Coconuts.
Though normal in such relationships, the txutoga allusions still add to the overall suicide message. I felt like a voyeur, encroaching on the developing love between Sam and Teuila. When the mother tells the father, Filemoni gets angry, for one main reason. The father then marches out of the church.
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The transition from canoe to casket and the later transfer of Sam’s body therefore are convincing. Paraquat weedkiller has long been the major method of suicide in Samoa. Then he takes the canoe out to sea and commits suicide. I finally got to watch the whole film last weekend after watching only the first bit in November.
Last but not least, the movie title and explicit lyrics of the soundtracks also connote and proclaim predictable and untimely death. Though water is universally symbolic of life, in the movie, it seems to take on a controverting significance.
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A few vivid symbolic ones include the sharpening of the machete, the fishing spear and the pickaxe – all ominously depicted and all belonging to Filemoni, the victim’s father, who likely is incriminated and vilified for his tautkga death. It is the Samoan colloquialisms and the passionate expressionism that really hit home for me as it pertains to the relationships around the central characters.
The elder then said: I think this is a first for Samoa — a film made by locals.