This goes out to those do-gooder, happy-go-lucky, quirky, loner, dysfunctional, endearing, and lovable individuals that make up these wonderfully crafted, beautifully original films. These are the movies I go back to again and again. I love them dearly, think about them often, and apply them or try to relate them, maybe too much, to my own crazy life.
(1) About Time, starring Rachel McAdams & Domhnall Gleeson…this movie is not at all what you would expect. When I first saw the poster, I thought it was another poorly done time-travel, love-story movie starring Rachel McAdams. “Come on Rachel. I thought better of you.” And indeed she did do better. Also starring Bill Nighy, this movie is a humourous, lovely, and emotional portrayal of one man’s ability to go back in time in order to change or “fix” his future. It is a love story, but not one of those corny, predictable types. It is a love story between a father and a son, a brother and sister, and a husband and wife. It is about gratitude for the time we have.
(2) Amélie, starring Audrey Tautou & Mathieu Kassovitz…well, I don’t even know where to begin with this film. Amélie has probably meant more to me than any other film (besides the Lord of the Rings Trilogy - and that’s not a joke, but I don’t need to go into that now). You will instantly fall in love with this girl. Her little acts of kindness, path of self-discovery, and quirky love story enamour, and the cinematography, music, and supporting actors mesmerize. This is an unforgettable story.
(3) Lars and the Real Girl, starring Ryan Gosling & Emily Mortimer…talk about a quirky, socially inept Gosling. Not how you would usually picture him, which makes this one of my favorite Gosling roles (along with his pot belly husband role in Blue Valentine). Basically, Gosling’s character begins a romantic relationship with a “Real Doll” named Bianca while he is still living under his brother and sister-in-law’s roof. The family and community try to cope for Lars’ sake, and the result is poignant, humorous, and lovely all in one.
(4) Sidewalls, starring Javier Drolas & Pilar Lopez de Ayala…this was a more recent watch, and I was immediately hooked within the first two minutes. It is the story of two, lonely and odd individuals who happen to be perfect for each other and happen to be neighbors, but have never met. It takes place in Buenos Aires and covers a year in their lives and leaves you breathless with their almost encounters.
You’ll notice there are more pictures than movies I write about. That’s just a little foretaste of some other favorites, and I’ll write about those as soon as I can…