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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*


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.
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!
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*
May. 28th, 2007 06:52 am (UTC)
-Blue ! Suprise suprise LOL.

-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!



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