90 Movies in 90 Days: Grandma, A Thousand Times (2010)

I’m kicking off 2023 by trying to watch and review one movie every day for the first 90 days, all of which will be 90 minutes or less.

Title: Grandma, A Thousand Times
Release Date:  October 2010
Director: Mahmoud Kaabour
Production Company: Taskovski Films

Filmmaker Mahmoud Kaabour turns his camera on his grandmother, Teta Fatima, and 83-year-old widow who lives alone in a once busy now quiet Beirut apartment.  The memory of her late husband lives on 20 years after his death in his violin music and in Kaabour’s face.  One thing that occurs to me watching this movie is that the qualities of grandmother are universal.  If you have a beloved matriarch in your family you will likely be touched by this sweet and sentimental portrait.

Rating: ****

#FridayFictioneers – Celebrity Interview

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

The trash-strewn steps took me aback. They fit his image but I’d figured internet fame had earned him fancier digs.

Tentatively, I rattled the gate and shouted “Hello…?”

“Yea, waddya want?!” A real New York accent rarely heard these days.

“I’m here for the interview?”

The gate buzzed and rattled open. I picked my way down the steps, shoeing aside some of the sloppier refuse with my toe. Pushing open the door, I saw him resting on a divan handmade from pallets and fabric scraps.

“…so, are you the real Pizza Rat?”

“Christ! You gotta have better questions than that!!!”

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly photo prompt flash fiction challenge on
Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Addicted to Purple blog.  See additional stories here!