Haumea Hebenstreit Ho
Show producer, entertainment consultant and public relations
Where and with whom did you see the movie?
I saw the film at Consolidated Theatres Kahala Mall with my mother, Johnny Frisbie.
Overall, what did you think?
Powerful movie. Kept your brain at full attention. Loved it.
Without giving away the ending, what was one of your favorite scenes?
The bar scene, where all the main characters were happily socializing and actor Brendan Gleason (Father James LaVelle) was dancing with his daughter, actress Kelly Reilly. It was a brief moment where he was himself, one of the villagers.
On a scale of one to four stars, what would you rate this film?
What did you think of the cinematography?
Wonderful. The Ireland countryside is Mother Nature at her best.
Was the message/theme clear?
It was and it wasn’t. Each character had a complex, complicated issue — each seeking counsel from the Father (church), but at the same time not really having much faith in the church. As the viewer, I think the storyline was challenging you and your faith. Really the message is within.
Did it remind you of any other works of film?
No. Nothing close to it.
To whom would you recommend this movie?
It’s a movie for the mature — for people who enjoy thought-provoking stimulation.
Did any of the actors stand out?
Brendan Gleason was in every scene of the movie. His character was so fragmented while dealing with the sinful complexities of the people in his parish, it challenged his own role within the church.
Did you identify with any of the characters?
I did — not so much their personal problem, but the challenge of how you deal with it. I think we can all identify with some internal, external, physical or environmental turmoil we may have within ourselves. We all handle it differently by the capacity of our own capability.
Did the soundtrack contribute significantly to the film?
No, not at all. The only song I remember is
A New World in the Morning by Roger Whittaker. It was probably the most upbeat part of the movie. The intensity of the storyline was so powerful, very thought-provoking. Very concentrated open-mindedness needed. You wouldn’t want the soundtrack to be a distraction.
It had its place — more of a stimulator, setting up the scene, making an appearance gently in the background.
Would you buy this movie when it comes out on DVD?
For sure. It’s one of those movies that challenges you, that causes one to think about religion and its powerful influence, whether it be a positive challenge or a negative challenge. How do you deal with it? What are your values? This movie challenges you to question your values. There are many messages in this movie. I think I’d find a new message every time I watched it.
What’s your favorite movie snack?
Popcorn with mochi crunch.
On a different note, what’s new with you?
I’m board chairwoman for Best Buddies, Oahu (bestbuddieshawaii.org). On Nov. 15 we will have our third annual “Friendship Jam” fundraiser at Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber. I am also on the board for Bobby Benson Center (bobbybenson.org). On Oct. 4 at Mid Pacific Country Club we are having a fundraiser for the center. For more details about our fundraising events, please go to our websites or contact me at email@example.com.
I am also a member of Rotary Club of Honolulu, and I am currently working on a book and some Don Ho projects, soon to be announced.