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I cried through most of this movie.

Finally saw "Hotel Rwanda."

It's not a fun movie to see. It's powerful and Don Cheadle was amazing, and I'm really hoping I don't have nightmares tonight.
There were no scenes of torture and not as many on-screen killings as you might think, but I knew that going in. If it had been rated "R" I probably wouldn't have been able to psych myself up to see it. It was exhausting. While watching it I kept having to remind myself  that Paul Rusesabagina had survived, he was at the premiere of the movie.

There's probably a word for it in Roger Ebert's Movie Glossary but it's that thing that movies "based on a true story" do at the end; they have a few lines of text to let you know what happened to the real people portrayed in the film. (Not an epilogue, that's when the story  continues  to wrap up loose ends.) There's probably a movie term for the factoids at the end of the movie.

The last line of this follow up text was the worst line in the movie, especially after all we had seen of the UN and the Western world abandoning the Tutsi's  to their fate. And that was "(The Hutu militia was pushed out) leaving behind a million corpses." Some tough lines were Joaquin Phoenix's confession to Don Cheadle that people in the West will see the footage he got of wholesale slaughter, say "That's terrible!" and go back to eating their dinners, and Nick Nolte's character explaining why no help was coming--"'You're not even n*****s, you're worse, you're Africans."

I remember seeing a picture on the cover of a (foreign) news magazine from the genocide this movie portrays--it was a soldier with a completely crazed look in his eyes holding a severed arm in his mouth. He was biting into the fingers to hold the arm with his teeth so he could brandish his machete and gun at the photographer.

I've never been able to forget that image, and if "Hotel Rwanda" was lacking anything it was not showing us enough of the crazed people who had worked themselves into a state of mind where their neighbors and friends became less than animals to them.

Then, since I knew I would need some fluff, a friend and I went to see "In Good Company" which was ok. Not really a comedy and not really a drama, it wasn't really about Dennis Quaid or Topher Grace, more about their relationship and what they learned from each other.


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