The Good Lie

I have read and watched as much as I could about the Lost Boys – their story, though beginning in such tragedy, usually ends in quiet triumph but you never stop marvelling at it. One of my favourite books about the subject is called What Is The What by Dave Eggers, but if you’re more of a watcher than a reader, I think The Good Lie is faithfully rendered (by Canadian director Philippe Falardeau) and really quite moving.

It follows 5 of the Lost Boys (one actually a girl) who watched their parents, their village, and The-Good-Lie-3millions of their fellow Sudanese be slaughtered (though the movie goes a little “light” on these atrocities). Displaced from their homes, these orphaned children walked for hundreds of miles to reach a refugee camp where they grew up in temporary shelters wearing Americans’ cast-offs. After 13 years in camp, this group, now in their early 20s, are fortunate enough to land on one of the last flights to American (these flights dried up after 9\11).

Once in Kansas City, you can imagine that there is culture shock and a certain amount of homesickness. Reese Witherspoon eventually appears to help them find employment (a condition of their refugee status). Although technically billed a Reese movie to appeal to Western audiences, she’s in a supporting role. She is not there as a white saviour, but as a witness and sometime facilitator who can’t  save them, but can certainly root for them as they save themselves. The actors portraying the Lost Boys are actual Sudanese refugees and what they lack in experience they make up for in earnestness.

the-good-lie-toronto-film-festivalThis movie seems like one you ‘should’ see but it’s not a chore, it’s actually a really uplifting and heart-rending trip to Africa that  you can make from the comfort of your own couch with a surprising amount of light-heartedness about it (ie, Matt kept shooting me weird, judgy looks every time I giggled). It’s actually one you’ll want to see and be glad you did.

5 thoughts on “The Good Lie

    1. Jay Post author

      The answer to your fabulous questions:

      What is the funniest thing that happened to you? (ever!)
      I’m not sure that I felt it was funny, but the event where people laughed the most: as a little girl, I was painting some sort of congratulatory message for my uncle, who was soon to be married. We had been painting outside, at a picnic table, and when it was time to clean up, I picked up the paint brushes and hussled up the deck’s steps. I dropped some brushes, and they fell through the stairs. I reached down to get them, and my head got stuck between the stairs. Not irretrievably, it was really just my panic. My mother laughed, then got the camera.

      How did you come up with your blog’s name?
      Assholes Watching Movies: as you can tell, it was pretty easy. My friends and I sit around watching movies, a lot, and spouting opinions, a lot. We’re assholes and we own it.

      Who is your favorite actor and actress?
      Crap. I think that changes almost daily.

      Who is your favorite singer/ band?
      Same. I’m the kind of person who always has at least 12 items in her Top 5.

      If you got stuck on a deserted island, what 2 things would you rather have with you?
      A book, and another book.

      Of all the posts you wrote until now, which one is your least favorite and why?
      Possibly the one about Ben Affleck’s penis, which is also the one that gets the most hits and I suspected it would. Pandering!

      What was your favorite TV show as a child?
      Full House. Puke.

      What is your favorite word?
      Corpuscle in English\ Pneu in French

      If you had the chance to have dinner with 3 famous people, who would you choose?
      Wes Anderson, Bill Murray, Chris Pratt.

      What do you like most about your country?
      That we take care of each other.

      What inspires you?
      Everything! Anything. A big, bustling city. New York always feels so alive to me, like anything is possible.

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      1. sweetarchive

        Jay, I absolutely LOVED your answers!! For the first question, I can see how you didn’t feel it to be funny cause something similar happened to me except it was a fish pond and not a staircase…
        It is my pleasure to nominate you guys and girl because I love your blog!!! Can’t wait to see who you’ll nominate 🙂


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