The inspiration for this task came to me last Sunday.
We enjoyed a spectacular paella as a family, credits to my wonderful mother-in-law.
A splendid afternoon, not a cloud in the sky. The sun felt on the skin like a flamethrower; an Albariño, pleasant conversation, in short, an ideal Sunday afternoon.
Suddenly a cold breeze, thunderclouds, and hail.
Yes hail! About the size of golf balls.
Luckily, we had already eaten.
There is a saying here in Calgary that if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes because it will change.
The incident reminded me of this Argentinian film, Granizo (Hail) (2022), which I saw a few months ago on Netflix.
A comedy that I confess I have seen three times, with some of my brothers and the truth is, the more I see it, the more I laugh.
It is about a famous meteorologist in Buenos Aires, Miguel Flores (Guillermo Francella) who falls into disgrace for failing a weather forecast. And big time!
Yes, it is implausible, perhaps what I call radical absurdity. But the insane plot is hilarious, at least according to my chaotic sense of humor. Just Miguelito’s pet, a little fish named Oswaldito, made me laugh.
However, as in all intelligent humor, the film has an underlying message, a reflection on reconciliation.
Between laughter and inconsistencies, the film talks about a disagreement.
A father who tragically lost his wife (struck by lightning, hence his interest in meteorology) and a daughter, Carla, who felt abandoned.
At the end there is a beautiful re-encounter in the city of Córdoba, Argentina.
But the best of the film: the masterful final scene.
A pearl of sarcasm in a gesture that sums up much of human nature.
It is funny! Do not miss it.