Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Snails, Sperm, and Social Satire
Of Snails and Men was anything but slow when it first hit the screens in 1992. The Romanian comedy was a great success, and is still considered one of the best films to come out in over a decade.
The title is rather deceptive; it is not a parody of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, but based on a true story about how a man's life turned upside down after the fall of communism.
A car manufacturing company in Romania is about to be taken over by a father-and-son French business, who convert the plant into a place for canning snails. The radical change will result in downsizing and job losses, but the workers are not going to take things sitting down. In order to save the factory they need to raise a rather specific £100,702.41, which they decide to do by donating their sperm to a fertility clinic.
The bitter sweet comedy made its UK debut at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on the 28th June, but now it is coming to London. You can see Of Snails and Men on the 18th July at the Gate Picturehouse in Nottinghill for £10.60. You can either book tickets in advance or buy them on the day.