I may be a Loser parent too

Eryn 2022-04-20 09:01:38

Inspirational stories are not new, and movies about realizing dreams through hard work are not uncommon, but this drama is a little different. It tells the story of a young boy with dancing genius who strives to become a famous ballet dancer. But I found that many people, like me, after watching the movie, although they shouted for the success and glory of the little boy, they were even more moved by the father and brother behind him.

Billy lived in a poor family in the countryside. His mother died young, and his father and brother were miners. They went on strike every day for their work and interests, struggling for a living. Nearly half of the movie was watched, and I had only this impression of Billy's father: he was a mediocre, incompetent, pedantic, and even useless father. He even went on strike to support his brother, which made people feel "brainless". The father and brother were both simple and rude, and their machismo made him simply put "dancing = sissy" and "man = boxing/competition" together. Even Billy's teacher came to persuade himself to no avail.

But when Billy plucked up the courage and stubbornly danced in front of his father, his father only said: go home son. After that, his father's series of practical actions proved his support and the mountain of fatherly love - he went to ask the teacher for information on the selection, but refused to accept the teacher's help because "he is my son"; he carried his brother on the bus , After being discovered by his brother, the two hugged each other and cried. The father had no way to make money, but he only wanted to send Billy to realize his dream and live a better life; he repeatedly groped for his wife's valuable relics, but he left Entering the pawnshop was exchanged for travel expenses; when he learned that Billy was accepted, Billy was still excited to run on the street.

Billy went to London to study ballet, and the lives of his father and brother remained the same. They compromised and went on to do their rough jobs as miners, living their usual lives.

But Billy's fortunes have really changed since then.

When my father and brother went to London again, it was to see Billy's show. In just a few short shots from the road, it depicts the fact that my father is completely unfamiliar with Billy's living environment. He is reading information on the subway, looking around on the escalator, he may be thinking, this is the city my son lives in, everything. All good. When they were seated in the packed theater, my father was already excited, his face was getting redder and he was about to burst into tears. The final shot is frozen in the sky with Billy as the protagonist, so dazzling, radiant, and suffocating. Billy made it, he made his dream come true, and he did his best.

I think the father in the seat should have been crying like a dog. Just like me in front of the screen.

As a parent, you always give your children everything you can, simply hoping they can live the life they want, and then simply being happy for their success. While it's wrong to pin your dreams on your children, you have to be a parent to know how much sincerity there is.

Today, I took a lunch break to end the movie, and I just received a message from the headhunter in the afternoon, telling me that I failed the interview. I was extremely angry, helpless, and remorseful, and the appearance of Billy's father came to my eyes. I suddenly thought, maybe I'm also a loser parent, and I can't give my children a better life, more money, and more choices. Deep pain and guilt.

But at least, like Billy's father, I will give everything I can to realize my child's dream.

Take this as an oath.

postscript:

British inspirational films are different from American ones. American personal heroism can also be reflected in such films. Talented people can prove themselves even if the whole world is against him. British people are more orthodox and delicate to reflect people's The affection and sublimation between.

I really like watching British dramas more and more, and I am more and more identified with their culture.

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Billy Elliot quotes

  • Billy: I think I'm scared, Dad.

    Dad: That's okay, son. We're all scared.

    Billy: Well... if I don't like it, can I still come back?

    Dad: Are you kidding? We've let out your room.

    [straight face then laughter]

  • Tutor 1: What does it feel like when you're dancing?

    Billy: Don't know. Sorta feels good. Sorta stiff and that, but once I get going... then I like, forget everything. And... sorta disappear. Sorta disappear. Like I feel a change in my whole body. And I've got this fire in my body. I'm just there. Flyin' like a bird. Like electricity. Yeah, like electricity.

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