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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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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.

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