Thursday, January 5, 2012
An Invisible Sign
One of the reasons I do movie reviews in the first place is to find little gems. They are the movies that fly under the radar screen that don’t have the massive budgets for marketing and promotions. Most often, they are not made within the Hollywood system. The independent cinema is still alive and offers the kind of creativity that Hollywood has turned their backs on.
An Invisible Sign explores important, profound concepts that the critics failed to recognize. What happens in our childhood can forever set us on a course which can have a devastating impact on our lives. This film takes a look at what happens when we believe the wrong things as a child which can lead to a “frame of mind“ that is not based in truth or reality although we believe it to be true.
But the universe doesn’t seem to care much as her father’s condition seems to deteriorate. The only thing that gives Mona comfort is her love for numbers. Math offers a place to escape where she finds meaning in the existence of life. Adding to Mona’s confusion is her next door neighbor and math teacher, Mr. Jones (J. K. Simmons), who wears homemade necklaces in the form of a number to represent his emotional state each day. Mona tries to understand and assumes that if the numbers that Mr. Jones wears are higher maybe they can be used to help her dad recover.
Adding a love interest is fellow teacher Ben Smith (Chris Messina), who tries to reach out to Mona. Mona also sees herself in one of her students, Lisa Venus (Sophie Nyweida), whose mother is dying of cancer and could be slipping into a permanent state of depression.
Without a few breaks here and there, we could all be in the same place as Mona who is struggling to escape a life of pain. To say the least, life is fragile, and our experiences can certainly define our existence and future in life. An Invisible Sign points out just how lucky some of us are to have people in our lives that can help to hold our feet on solid ground.