As recurring readers might already have fathomed, I read brainy books, listen to brainy podcasts, and watch brainy discussions online. However, I also read seemingly trivial books and have a quite eclectic taste when it comes to films. This summer, while strolling through the maze that YouTube nowadays constitutes, I stumbled over the film Seven Days in Utopia. Believe me, it is far from being brainy. Appealing to the heart? Yes. Appealing to the brain? Not that much. Well, at least on first sight.
I watched it, and I found it actually entertaining.
It would not be me, if watching even an emotional voyage like this film would not instigate deeper reflections and brainy thoughts. At a first look, Seven Days in Utopia comes across a sports film. Luke Chisolm, an amateur golf player who just recently has gone pro, experiences a play-related meltdown, after which he ends up in the little heaven of Utopia, TX. After a minor car accident he is hosted by Johnny Crawford, a local farmer and -surprise, surprise!- a former professional golf player himself. Johnny offers Luke to transform his golf playing and to get him out of the low Luke is in, but only if Luke is willing to go through one week of one-on-one teaching. Hence the title: Seven Days in Utopia.
I know this sounds bland, but stay with me.
The teaching turns out to be not so much about golf, but about the fundamentals on which it builds: trust, mindfulness, character, etc. Continue reading