Gabriel

Gabriel

Jiro dreams of Sushi

Beautiful, though-provoking and engaging are some of the adjectives that I can think off best to describe this documentary. Its about the relentless pursuit of one man in his quest for excellence. Jiro Ono has been a sushi chef since he was 9 years old after being abandoned by his father. This is all he has ever done and known in life. In Japan there is a word, Shokunin,” meaning “artisan or “craftsman”. It stands for the Japanese philosophy of being perfect at your particular craft. Shokunin spend their lifetime in trying to achieve absolute perfection in whatever craft they choose and Jiro seems in every fiber of his being to embody this spirit.

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Lovers of the artic circle

Lovers of the Arctic Circle (Los amantes del círculo polar) is a Spanish drama movie from 1998. Its written and directed by Julio Médem. The level of complexity of his work is again evident, as in all of Medem’s previous movies. This particular story is portraying a grand love affair that started when Otto and Ana where young. They met as children and the movie follows them into adulthood. The two eventually fall in love, but are put in situations time and time again that make it very difficult for them to stay that way. Both having palindromic names. A palindrome is a word that reads the same in whichever direction you read it. Spelled the same forwards or backwards and it has a special meaning. The end is as the beginning and the beginning is as the end. This is an important fact, as this ties back into the whole story where everything always revolves as in a circle.

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