Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

This #flashbackfriday goes to a very sensitive movie, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012). Oskar, a nine-year-old, gets home early from school on 9/11/2001 and hears some messages left by his father on the answering machine. He was at the World Trade Center. Oskar is also somewhere in the autistic spectrum, so the way he makes sense of the world carries a personal logic.

The movie brings the tragedy of 9/11

Through the lenses of a child who is trying to make sense of her father’s death. A year later, Oskar finds a key in his father’s room and convinces himself that his father has hidden something for him in the city.

Oskar is doing something we all must do at some point in time – deal with death. And he has to do that the hardest way possible, to deal with his father’s death in the mid of the city chaos in the aftermath of a tragedy in which thousands of people lost their lives, and thousands of families were directly affected (like his own).

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9/11 is still a hard topic for movies and books and many people decide against it – which is absolutely understandable. If you’re ready for it, we do recommend this one. A very delicate film for a very sensitive date.

See too: From idea to publication – Episode 2 – Choosing what and where to write