Sunday, January 30, 2011

1,778 Stories of Me and My Wife

1,778 Stories of Me and My Wife (2011)
A science fiction writer finds out his wife has cancer, and decides to write her a story every day to keep her alive, like a reverse Scheherazade, or perhaps to cope with the inevitability of his loss.

The stories, or what the viewer sees represented, are quirky, slightly anachronistic, 50s style classic sci-fi bits, that creep into the narrative as funny,  campy sketches that mix fiction and reality.

The movie is inspired by real life events. Japanese science fiction writer Taku Mayumura wrote a story a day since his wife was diagnosed with cancer. The 1778 stories he wrote for her have been published after her death in 2002.

It's a beautiful movie, about how writing can be a way to cope with grief and loss. World premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

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