Watched one of my favorite movies again last night; Under a Tuscan Sun. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. Its a romantic comedy/drama, that mostly takes place in Italy. The cinematography is beautiful, I've seen the movie a dozen times, and the images still amaze me. I'll not give much away for those that haven't seen it, but it has sadness, happiness, love, romance, a great cast... Yes, yes, it's a chick flick, and yes I'm one of those rare guys that can enjoy those (You did notice I've read Twilight right?).
The movie always gets me thinking about possibilities, decisions, and the steps along the path. At the end of the movie Frances makes a comment about, "Any arbitrary turning along the way, and I would be elsewhere, I would be different." Sometimes we get stuck wondering "what-ifs" because we aren't happy right now with where we are. I think though we often stop and forget that if we had chosen any of those what-ifs, we also wouldn't be WHO we are. Even the sometimes "arbitrary turns" can make huge differences. The time you had to park a block away, and had to walk...never knowing that you didn't get hit by the car that would have come speeding through. The couple that missed their flight, and then weren't on the plane that went down. The time I picked the box of raisin bran...that turned out to be just a box of raisins. The sometimes life altering decisions...the job or promotion...the big move...to get married...all bring us to where we are, and who we are. There are times when I can't stand the town I live in now, but I met one of the best people I've ever known here. How much sadder would my life had been had I never met him?
Possibilities. In a somewhat early part of the movie Frances is feeling pretty down, and one of the people she's met in Italy, Martini, tells her; "Signora, between Austria and Italy, there is a section of the Alps called the Semmering. It is an impossibly steep, very high part of the mountains. They built a train track over these Alps to connect Vienna and Venice. They built these tracks even before there was a train in existence that could make the trip. They built it because they knew some day, the train would come.". I know I often don't do things because of all the negative things that come with the idea of trying to accomplish some things. The how's, where's, why's...with out the positive of the "some day a train will come" type attitude that I might not know the answers now, or even how I'll manage to get the thing done...but that it might be worth doing anyway.
This is one of those movies that always leaves me thinking, "Why aren't there more movies like this?". If you know some other movies of this caliber, I'd love to hear about them.