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Movies #2 -Life of Pi, Wheezing, Touching the Void

  • Like a biological alarm set to go off at 4:00 in the morning, I started wheezing again. A monster thunder had trigerred my dad to unplug the TV connections. So, instead of watching 'Syriana' again, I started reading 'Life of Pi' the booker prize winner by Yann Martel.
  • The theme reminds me of 'Touching the Void' a docudrama about a couple of climbers where things go awfully wrong but ends happily. Both, the book and the docudrama are about survival in the face of unimaginable adversity. Both are gripping and state how strong the will of a man can get if he faces death.
  • The book is an excellent account of Pi's ordeals on a lifeboat across the Pacific for 227 days. And his lone companion - a bengal tiger. (Pi is a boy of 15 or 16, and his name is short for Piscine Patel).
  • I'm guessing that somebody has already got the movie rights for the book. We need a great boy actor to portray Pi to get the emotional impact that the book imparts. We need a performance comparable to that of Tom Hanks' in 'Cast Away' for a meaningful transition from print to screen.
Update: Jean Pierre Jeunet has got the rights and is in preproduction.

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