Saturday, January 24, 2009

Gran Torino (2008)

While this film does not deal directly with medical issues, it is worth viewing in that it instructs one about cross-cultural issues. It is as powerful, in our opinion, as "The Spirit Catches You" the book by Ann Fadiman that also deals with Hmong culture.

Moving scene of Eastwood as a patient in a Michigan clinic.

From NetFlix: Crusty, inflexible Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) must confront his Hmong immigrant neighbors – and his own long-held prejudices – when the family's teen son, Thao, tries to steal Walt's beloved 1972 Gran Torino. Walt soon assumes the unlikely role of guardian angel to young Tao and his sister, who are vulnerable to disturbing gang influences in this intimate drama from 78-year-old director Eastwood. 2008, 116 minutes

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