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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!!!

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