Now that she’s at her aunt’s house, Sarah has an opportunity to dig deeper into her mother’s past. Everyone she asks gets teary-eyed and walks out of the room, so she looks herself for clues, and finds shocking evidence that Arfeen and her mother were once married. Meanwhile, the flashback segments show Afreen who has travelled abroad to study, and his family’s frustration (in particular his mother) at him phoning Saba constantly but showing almost complete disregard for his own family.
Title: The Departed
Runtime: 2h 31m
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon
Director: Martin Scorsese
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.
I wanted to like it, but just couldn’t bring myself to do so
Where to start with The Departed? I’ve dissected and dismembered this movie with friends and relatives since its release in so much detail that I feel drained even before I begin this review. I have a funny relationship with this film. Despite pretty much enjoying all of Scorsese’s previous output and being a huge fan of crime movies, I can’t say The Departed really resonated with me. At first I hated it, then I warmed up to it, and then I went back to thinking it just wasn’t very good. After it had finished when I first saw it I just thought to myself well, is that it? There was no initial excitement when watching and no lasting impact after it was done. As sacrilegious as it is to say, is this Marty’s first boring movie?
In the past, Arfeen’s arrogance proves too much for his parents, and they agree to allow him to be wed to Saba. The two enjoy some conversations with each other, and Saba paints a picture of Arfeen, her first of a person. She becomes saddened when Afreen leaves Pakistan for a course. Saba’s younger sister is very involved Arfeen and Saba’s relationship, often expressing her distaste at Saba’s constant remembrance of him when he is not present. We frequently cut to present times, where Saba’s sister, now middle aged, phones Afreen wanting to speak to her niece, a (harshly-spoken) request that he denies. Meanwhile, Sara is introduced to members of her family that she has never seen before, including Afeen’s two sisters. Sara is invited to stay with one of her aunties with the promise of showing her Saba’s old home, a request that Afreen reluctantly accepts.