Antonia Tejeda Barros, Madrid, June 2, 2022
The soundtrack of Love Gets a Room is out! A beautiful and exquisite CD with the original lyrics (translated into English) from the songs of Jerzy Jurandot’s play Miłość szuka mieszkania (a musical comedy which was performed at the Femina Theatre in the Warsaw ghetto in 1941/42) and also with lyrics by Rodrigo Cortés, and with music by Víctor Reyes and Rodrigo Cortés.
Released by Quartet Records. Limited edition. Beautifully performed by the Chamber Orchestra of London (Alastair King, Laura Samuel), and with Juan Luis Royo, Toni Mateos, Juan Cerro, Celia Vergara and Toni Menguiano, and gorgeously sung by Clara Rugaard, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Mark Ryder, Valentina Bellè, Henry Goodman, and our wonderful little Dalit Streett Tejeda. Marvellous, raw, fresh, stunning, and breathtaking. Bravo to all.
Antonia Tejeda Barros, Madrid, December 10, 2021
Antonia Tejeda Barros, Madrid, December 2, 2021
Antonia Tejeda Barros, Madrid, 1 de diciembre de 2021
Love Gets a Room is a masterpiece about love, art, antisemitism, bravery, generosity, and beauty. A jewel that will make you weep, laugh, sing, and cry. Written by Rodrigo Cortés & David Safier and directed by Rodrigo, the movie is set at the Warsaw ghetto in January 1942 (six months before the deportations to the extermination camps, mainly Treblinka –Große Aktion).
Love Gets a Room includes a play inside the movie: excerpts (originally written in Polish, translated into English) of Jerzy Jurandot’s play Miłość szuka mieszkania, which premiered at the Femina Theatre in the Warsaw ghetto either on October 29, 1941 (according to Holocaust survivor Mary Berg, see The Diary of Mary Berg. Growing Up in the Warsaw Ghetto, pp. 101–102) or on January 16, 1942 (see Barbara Engelking & Jacek Leociak, The Warsaw Ghetto: A Guide to the Perished City).
The cinematography (Rafael García) of Love Gets A Room and the music (Víctor Reyes) will take your breath away. The cast is absolutely superb: Clara Rugaard, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Henry Goodman, Anastasia Hille, Valentina Bellè, Mark Ryder, Freya Parks, Jack Roth, Magnus Krepper and our beautiful, amazing and talented Dalit as little Sarah. Bravo to all!
Love Gets a Room is a homage to the power of art, to all the victims who perished in the Holocaust, to bravery and to love.
Antonia Tejeda Barros, Madrid, November 13, 2021
Sing Street (2016). Dir. John Carney
Brendan (Jack Reynor): “This is life, Connor. Drive it like you stole it.”
My children and I discovered this jewel only this year (3 years after the film was released!). My youngest daughter just made a film with Ferdia (a super talented actor and a wonderful, sweet and beautiful guy) and we wanted to see Ferdia in this movie.
Sing Street is an absolutely amazing movie. It’s poetic, cool, brilliant, beautiful, and touching. The writing (John Carney) is superb, the music is really really really cool and the cast (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Jack Reynor, Lucy Boynton, Don Wycherley, Mark McKenna, Ian Kenny, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kelly Thornton, Marcella Plunkett, Lydia McGuinness, Ben Carolan, and Percy Chamburuka) is absolutely wonderful.
Sing Street talks about the innocence of the first love, the bound between brothers, the lack of communication between parents and teenagers, the importance of pursuing one’s dreams, and the power of music, art, and friendship. John Carney succeeds on bringing all of that and more to the screen without falling into empty cliches and with great mastery. And the British music from the 80s… Wow. Such a treat! This is a film that will make you smile, cry, sing, and dream.
My children (ages 13, 11 and 6) love Sing Street and have watched the film 7 times already (we bought the DVD and have a cinema projector at home). They know all the songs sung by Ferdia by heart (we also bought the soundtrack) and my oldest daughter almost knows the whole script by heart too. But this is a film for all ages. I was also very impressed by this film (its poetry and sweetness overwhelmed me) and can’t get the songs out of my head.
If you didn’t see this gem yet, watch it, watch it, watch it. If you saw it in 2016: watch it again. You’ll enjoy it a lot. I promise.
The best: the script, the music, Connor’s journey, Ferdia, Jack, Lucy, and the Freud poster.
The worst: nothing.
10 / 10
Antonia Tejeda Barros,
Madrid, August 6, 2019