Last weekend, I watched two movies that I didn’t know would’ve been so related but they both dealt with love and loss in a big way.
I went into the movies blind i.e. I had no idea what they were about but I loved them so much that at the end of the second flick, I just sat in the dark theatre, surrounded by ushers sweeping up the popcorn, and cried for a good few minutes. Yes! Tears are a good sign where movies are involved.
Carol is a retired singer and teacher who lives with her dog in sunny California. Her friends all live in a retirement community on a golf course and she visits them to play cards, but refuses to move into the community herself. Her husband is dead, his ashes on the mantlepiece. The recurring items on her To-Do list are dry cleaning and walk. When the dog she’s had for 14 years suddenly dies, she realizes how empty her life is.
Then a giant rat starts stalking her… in her house. Enter the pool guy who tries to help with the rat but ends up starting an awkward relationship with her.
Then, she meets Bill, another resident in the retirement village who does not intend to go gently into that good night. Their relationship moves fast because there’s no time to waste.
If you’re looking for an action packed, thriller, keep it moving. This movie is billed as a comedy, not a thriller. For the first five minutes or so, the most action is the dog dying. But the pool guy is hilarious. The love triangle is even more hilarious. And even though the friends, who are all funny people like Rhea Pearlman, only play minor roles, they still have some great scenes.
An even if I didn’t quite get the title, this is an existential movie which forces you to ask the big questions about friendship and love.
2. Far From The Madding Crowd Bathsheba (Carey Mulligan) is an orphaned young woman, living in a time when it’s not good to be alone. She’s too educated for her status – she has worked as a governess but now she is working on a farm, milking cows, turning hay and indulging her passion for horseback riding.
When she meets the shepherd neighbor, Mr. Guy, he’s instantly smitten and by their second conversation, he asks her to marry him. He has 100 acres and 200 sheep and he can offer her a life of ease. She declines – she’s interested but she doesn’t want to be anyone’s property and she would rather be alone and independent.
Overnight, their positions switch. Mr. Guy loses his fortune and Bathsheba inherits a farm, where unbeknownst to either of them, he starts working for her.
Even if she changed her mind, how could she marry Mr. Guy now? And she has to marry someone. If she doesn’t, who will inherit her farm?
Enter her new neighbor. Will she marry him if he asks? And what role will Fanny and her soldier fiancee play in Bathsheba’s life?
This is historical fiction at its best. And I’ve since put the novel (written by Thomas Hardy) on my list.
Watch this movie with lots of tissue to wipe your eyes and popcorn to throw at the screen when you figure out who the villain is – you will either be very angry or very grateful when he does what he does!
What movies have you seen lately?
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