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Gilbert Grape

Christy has been studying What's Eating Gilbert Grape this past fortnight. I got quite excited because it's always been a favourite movie of mine. It's as old as she is, just about, and of course, Leonardo and Johnny Depp are big stars these days. They were just lads back then, and I think they did a wonderful job. I know Leonard Maltin didn't give the movie a great review, but, as I often do, I disagree with him. I think it's a well structured movie with a great climax, the death of the mother. I love the character of Becky, the girl in the caravan. She's fantastic. A kind of mini-Chocolat character, and Juliette Lewis' character does remind me of Juliette Binoche's in Chocolat, both in tolerance of others and in physical appearance.

We sat down and watched it this afternoon, after my brother in law managed to put an old video copy onto a DVD for us.

I especially love the moment when Becky meets the mother, and the mother, who has been a powerful force throughout the movie, is suddenly embarrassed and shaken and says haltingly, "I wasn't always like this," and Becky pauses, looks down at herself and says brightly but sympathetically, "I wasn't always like this!" It's really touching, and illustrates how she shows the enormously obese mother instant acceptance, just as she accepted Arnie and his disabilities with joy and good grace, and a hefty measure of understanding.

It's a great movie about tolerance, about being trapped in a small town, about the fear of mega stores and their impact on small retail outlets, about lust and love and trust and tolerance, about huge responsibility and about moving on.

I've felt crappy all day, but this afternoon Christy took me shopping and made me buy some new clothes for school! It's amazing, I haven't done that for.... years LOL! I didn't like doing that. I hate seeing myself in the changing room mirrors, I absolutely hate seeing me. The woman in the store offered her services but pointed out that Christy seemed to be doing a good job by herself, and thankfully, she left us alone *g*

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moth2fic
May. 26th, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
What did you buy?
natesmountain
May. 27th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
-What did you buy?
I bought some blue tops, a kind of thin sweater that Christy says I have to wear over a white shirt! And a matching one that buttons across on a kind of angle, and a blue and black striped long sleeved t-shirt in the same blue. They're all the same kind of blue, not dark like the page of this LJ... maybe like the bottom blue of your moth in your icon there. And a white t-shirt with 3/4 sleeves. And a black scarf and fingerless gloves (necessary fashion items, apparently!). And some black trousers that are almost jeans but not quite!
moth2fic
May. 27th, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)
How did I already know half of them would be blue?! Sounds like you had a really good shopping trip!
natesmountain
May. 28th, 2007 06:49 am (UTC)
-How did I already know half of them would be blue?
Shame I don't use that Sam blushing icon any more!

*blush*
vivh
May. 27th, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC)
I think we need some photos!! With or without the owner!!!

I could post a picture of my new green jacket and black skirt in return!?
natesmountain
May. 28th, 2007 06:50 am (UTC)
-I think we need some photos!! With or without the owner!!!
OMG you don't want to see ME!! But I could lay all the clothes out in a row LOL!
And I'd be happy to see you!! Yeah, in your new clothes. You do it. Go on.
vivh
May. 30th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
I've got a picture of me in my new clothes now, will post it soon... though the boys who were taking the photos were more interested in my face than my clothes... oh well!!!
microjotz
May. 26th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, we NEED to know.... how nice to be taken to buy new things....I am sure Christy chose nice things for you.
natesmountain
May. 27th, 2007 05:36 am (UTC)
-Oh yes, we NEED to know.... how nice to be taken to buy new things.
You'll have to read the comment I wrote above to Mothy for the list *g* or I could put it here for you, hang on...
I bought some blue tops, a kind of thin sweater that Christy says I have to wear over a white shirt! And a matching one that buttons across on a kind of angle, and a blue and black striped long sleeved t-shirt in the same blue. They're all the same kind of blue, not dark like the page of this LJ... maybe like the bottom blue of your moth in your icon there. And a white t-shirt with 3/4 sleeves. And a black scarf and fingerless gloves (necessary fashion items, apparently!). And some black trousers that are almost jeans but not quite!
I'm lucky, Christy chose very carefully for me!
microjotz
May. 27th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
Blue ! Suprise suprise LOL.

I am pleased to say I have worn fingerless gloves in the cooler weather for years now,so am obviously well into fashion *giggle*
natesmountain
May. 28th, 2007 06:52 am (UTC)
-Blue ! Suprise suprise LOL.
*blush*

-so am obviously well into fashion *giggle*
Obviously!!! *g*
I have a really odd looking hand knitted pair of grey, black and purple ones I used to wear to write in when it was cold and our computer was in the hall!
greenpizzazz6
May. 26th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
Never seen the movie. Sounds good though, I'll add it to my long, long list.

I feel pretty much the same way about shopping, at least for myself. I'd much rather just watch my friends shop. Good thing the saleslady left you alone, I hate it when they bother me when I'm shopping. There's been stores I won't shop at because of that! And I'm already very particular about the places I'll buy clothes!

So, what did you get?!
natesmountain
May. 27th, 2007 05:39 am (UTC)
-Never seen the movie. Sounds good though, I'll add it to my long, long list
Heh! A list! I just shrug and say, well, I missed that one! But it is a moving kind of movie in some ways. I like the messages of tolerance.

- There's been stores I won't shop at because of that! And I'm already very particular about the places I'll buy clothes!
Heh! Me, too. I hardly know where to go anymore!
What I got? You'll just have to look at the comments above, it'll look stupid, like I'm some kind of shopping freak, if I type it a third time LOL!
greenpizzazz6
May. 28th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
Heh! A list! I just shrug and say, well, I missed that one
Okay, well, it's more of an in my head list. And there are about a million movies on it, and I'll probably never watch most of them. But still, a list.
eliper
May. 27th, 2007 07:10 am (UTC)
It's always fun to go clothes shopping with an advisor. And sounds like some new work clothes were in order - they'll be promoting you soon with your Mission Day success!

I remember enjoying What's Eating Gilbert Grape, but it has been many, many years since I have seen it.

natesmountain
May. 28th, 2007 06:53 am (UTC)
-I remember enjoying What's Eating Gilbert Grape, but it has been many, many years since I have seen it.
It was still good in the re-seeing. I liked it again.

I have read all about your shopping trips! I think they were more fun than mine, I'm not that much fun to shop with!!!

-they'll be promoting you soon with your Mission Day success!
I think I'm as high as I'd ever want to go now LOL!
vivh
May. 27th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
I hate seeing myself in the changing room mirrors, I absolutely hate seeing me.
Why? I'm not asking this in a challenging sort way, I'm just curious... I know lots of my friends feel the same way as you, they were talking about it last week... but I don't understand... I know I'm not particularly attractive, before I was hugely overweight now just rather flabby where all the fat used to be!! - but I like seeing myself in mirrors, always have, am I just very vain or what?
natesmountain
May. 28th, 2007 06:58 am (UTC)
- but I like seeing myself in mirrors, always have, am I just very vain or what?
No, I think some people can be happy looking at themselves. And some can't! I can't. I hardly even brush my hair because I don't want to look in the mirror. I guess if I had a great haircut, a perfect body... I dunno! None of that is going to happen LOL! I think maybe I just disappoint myself! Maybe it's a lack of confidence. I mean, I can stand in front of a class, even a whole school but not in front of the mirror! Odd, huh.

-I know I'm not particularly attractive,
You are, you are lovely. And it goes all the way through, you're completely beautiful, in spirit and in heart, which is what is most important!
vivh
May. 30th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
I never got the notification of your reply here so I've only just found it... so sorry for the delay!!

Yeah, the mirror thing is strange... I don't think it's got much to do with how we look... maybe more about how we feel about how we look - really don't know!!!

You are, you are lovely. And it goes all the way through, you're completely beautiful, in spirit and in heart, which is what is most important!
Thank you for your kind words... I'm blushing lots!!!

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