What's it about?
Kentucky chronicles the complicated life of a sister who is desperately trying to save her younger sister from supposedly making the worst decision of her life, getting married. Her journey in accomplishing that uncovers the decisions she has made thus far in her life.
What'd I experience?
Hiro comes from a family of odd balls, including her mother (in denial), father (asshole), and younger sister (born again Christian). They make up what she wishes to forget, minus her sister. Hiro escaped boring Kentucky for fast-paced NYC, a huge change that she longed for, as soon as she was old enough to leave her parents home.
When I saw that Hiro was biracial (Japanese and white), I thought to myself, this seems rare especially in a state that is so country. But, unfortunately, her parents were far from resembling a loving couple. Masako, Hiro's mother, is so submissive to her husband that I'm pretty sure if Larry (the father) said bark like a dog on one foot, she would do it.
When Larry talked to Masako, he said words such as "shut up", "stupid", and "bitch". Let someone talk to me like that, I will have those divorce papers in the palm of my hand in minutes. But Masako took it, I think for the sake of keeping her marriage intact and keeping her husband sane, even though he was already crazy in everyone else's mind. If a spouse considers his/her spouse as nothing but an object, than you truly do not love them. That was the fear Larry had and the thought that's gone through Masako mind when she has been talked down to by Larry. Neither Masako nor Larry showed love to their daughters. I cannot necessarily wrap my head around a person producing offspring and not show affection towards it.
When Hiro catches wind that her sister (Sophie) is getting married, she immediately books a flight to the state she never considered home. She feels as though it is her job to save her sister from this marriage since she left her alone with their parents, who showed no love for her. My older sister once felt that guilt when she got married and left my twin sister and I with our overly protective parents. Over time though that guilt went away and was replaced with a phone call almost everyday. That feeling of 'it will never be the same again' was replaced with 'until we see each other again'. That guilt Hiro had didn't go away until she heard from her sister that what she did was not selfish, but for the good of herself.
Sophie, Hiro's little sister was able to escape her troubled home by getting involved in a local church, where she found God and her fiancé. Within 6 months of knowing one another Sophie and Daran were engaged and set to marry within a few weeks. What I think Hiro failed to realize was that when her sister needed her big sister the most, she was not there. Her sister could not look to her parents, so the only choice was God. The town where they resided in was one of those towns where everyone knows each other, meaning your dirty laundry is aired out within a day after it goes down. There was no privacy, only publicity.
Among all this chaos, the connection between sisters was in need of being repaired. Hiro has accepted that her parents may never change, but if she can change the way she views Kentucky and what has come out of it (look at the positive, Hiro), she will be ok!
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