Based on Tembi Locke’s memoir, and produced by Hello Sunshine. Released exclusively on Netflix.
“From Scratch” is not another Romantic Industrial Complex film. It is a compelling true story trying to express the many aspects of goodbyes.
What is a goodbye? A goodbye is an invitation by time to create a new life. Based on the film, life is the experience of endless beginnings, a roller coaster of fresh starts, scratching every end for a new life to blossom.
The film stacks its questions through the characters.
What is the centre of your life? I know many people will say different things. Like some Chefs would say that colours are the centre of the food, while some would speak of taste.
I might or might not agree, but it is the possibility of having different takes on trying to define what holds us together to expose life as a complex experience that reveals our differences.
As I kept watching the mini-series, I agreed with the writer and filmmakers, that indeed the world is complex, and complexity isn’t just the problem of the world, human relationships stand out.
The problem of humans is that most conflicts are rooted in people who think their limited understanding of the world’s complexity should be the defining interpretation of the world, the gateway to forever conflicts.
“From Scratch Netflix Mini-series” comes with the sweetness of experiencing complex characters from the first goodbye to the last one.
They show you that even though life complicates itself in processes. What we call results are what we take from the process, and we often take different ideas and directions from processes.
I know, I’ve mentioned that it isn’t about commercialized romantic packages. But the existence of its romance cannot be thrown aside in favour of its heavy pack of grief.
It is lovers who are grand and rooted in finding their way in the world without being self-centred.
While the story urges us to bet on ourselves.
The lovers bet on themselves not only to advance their journey. But as a means of choosing each other through every form of struggle.
Their bets become prayers, trying to remind God that they matter.
The mini-series is also a diary of beautiful places and art. A diary of ” wanderlust” and the constant demand for what makes an original artistic voice. The curse of many struggling artists.
The mini-series is one of the best Netflix releases of 2022. Parading tremendous actors, pushing character communication to unforgettable heights. Beautiful cinematography, sentimental sounds, nostalgic costumes, and above all, majestic directing.
𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗮 𝗳𝗲𝘄 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀 𝗯𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲𝘀 𝟭-𝟴.
1. Tourism is about experiencing places, but experiencing people and food is what brings repeat tourists.
2. Your interest is also your weakness.
3. What seduces you is what you empower, if you empower art, art will seduce you.
4. The power of small talk is in the context, and expectation of the parties.
5. Some people fall in love with stories they understand, some people fall in love with stories they find themselves in, and some people fall in love with stories that seem abstract and unreachable.
6. People who find you what you need without you asking, are people who hear you and can afford your need.
7. Originality is about how we interpret things that already exist.
8. Beauty can provide safety but safety often comes from those who see the beauty and decide to protect it.
9. We all have our illusions, we only work hard to make them real.
10. Food is a universal language spoken in different forms and styles.
11. People who love food, also communicate using food.
12. Deflecting a compliment is part of a desire to be selfless.
13. Community integration helps to build careers.
14. Prejudice exists in every community, and some communities connect based on shared prejudices.
15. Money is a universal safety net.
16. Lack of personal growth or non-aligned growth overburdens relationships.
17. Dark chocolate, sugar, and dough can be a pacifier for some people.
18. Memorabilia is a memory pill.
19. Do not go where you are not wanted even if your heart says differently.
20. Creating art is about keeping the beauty you see in the world in your form and style.
21. Art should begin from a place of selflessness but art begins from an infinite place, whether good or bad.
22. Tilting towards the easiest choices in life often serves temporary fulfilment.
23. Mothering is dynamic and diverse, but empathy and compassion are often the centres of great mothering.
24. Every difficult parent has a story behind their actions, but the stories do not make transferred trauma enjoyable.
25. Cooking and sharing food builds strong bonds among people who love food.
26. If you are a caregiver, you don’t have to feel guilty for feeling overwhelmed with the work.
27. Pain comes with unique demands and mindsets.
28. Death brings clarity, and death brings questions.
29. Bureaucracy in healthcare adds to the trauma.
39. Religion, traditions, etc, advance our growth if positioned on compassion.
The cultural details and the progressive gathering of sentiments become timeless lessons of what a family should be like.
If we seek similarities among cultures, we will get similarities. If we seek differences, we will get differences. Nature gives us both so that we can celebrate the beauty of our diversities and our common traditions.
The mini-series is a lovely hill to stretch on without thinking of falling into any form of disappointment. But it is a difficult path to walk through due to its thorns of sadness and grief.
8.1/10 Review by ©unwanaumana
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