Thursday, November 3, 2011

Imagine Me and You

I saw this movie "Imagine Me and You" a couple of weeks ago. Its about two women (Rachel and Luce) falling in love during the wedding of one of them. It has the typical British ensemble cast and reliance on brilliant dialogue. I really like this line delivered by Rachel's husband Heck:

"I want you to be happy. More than anything else I wanted to be the cause of happiness in you. But if I'm not, then I can't stand in the way, you see? Because what you're feeling now, Rachel, is the unstoppable force. Which means that I've got to move."

I am not a fan of cheesy romantic movie lines and definitely don't believe in love from the first sight but this really touches me. This is how I imagine true love feels like: you love the other person so much that you would let them go just because you know they will be happier with somebody else. Regretfully, we rarely see this kind of love in Hollywood movies. "Imagine Me and You" is indeed about two gay women but it is a lot more than that. It is about love in general and the strength we all need to be ourselves, especially when it means hurting those close to us. Cudoos to the director Ol Parker for being brave enough to tell this story in such a way. Love is just love, no need to labeling it. The score was also quite catchy: I think I will always associate "Happy Together" with this movie.

Altogether I really like the movie, I fish it had gotten more critical attention when it came out - it has definitely a lot more positive representation of LGBT than mainstream favorite "Brokeback Mountain". Maybe still the general public would like to see gay characters in the "closet" but great directors distinguish themselves by not adhering to the rules. The problem with the economic crisis in Hollywood is that only the movies that make economic sense get to be made. Regretfully, we should get used to "The Tourist"-like movies being produced:  nothing out of the box, only tried and true techniques (i.e. cliches) - even if they amount to 2 hours of boredom. Christopher Nolan and this guy Ol Parker are among the few directors that have the professional integrity to make "different movies" that nurture the soul like "Imagine Me and You."

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