Friday, August 21, 2009

What a movie...

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 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.


4evernite said...

I've seen that movie and loved it! Mainly because I'm a huge (sucker) fan of good romantic comedies and mainly because Italy is THE place I've always wanted to visit but haven't yet, and, I like that the end wasn't the normal romance movie ending.
"P.S. I Love You" is another good movie with great scenery. Most of it is filmed in Ireland. Have you seen that one?
I enjoyed your post. Gonna stay away from the religion subject for now though. Think I'll come back later and read some of your poetry. I'm an amateur poet myself. Very amateur but I enjoy it.

Rainysoul said...

Thanks for your kind words, I would also LOVE to visit Italy.

I don't believe I've seen P.S. I love you, I'll add it to my list of movies to see.

No worries on the religion stuff, you can also feel free to email me if you'd like to discuss anything more "privately". :) I hope you enjoy my poems

Michelle said...

I'd agree with 4evernite that the cinematography in "P.S. I Love You" is really nice. It is a sweet love story, but I think it is an even better story about friendship and finding yourself.
My favorite love story is "The Notebook", although "Up" is now a close second. Both are very poignant, have great dialogue, and will make you think about what's really important in your relationship and whether it will stand the test of time. They both really make you want to grow old with the one you love. I highly recommend them.