My. New. The. Then.

June 24th, 2015

Latest movie marathon

My Afternoons with Margueritte, Jean Becker (2010). I like simple French films. I don’t need some fancy plot, a mind-bending mystery or drop-dead gorgeous stars. This is a film about the love of words, and the actions of love. It has its pleasant surprises, but deals with the harsh reality of growing up truthfully as well. It certainly doesn’t glamorise its character’s lives. Thoughtful, entertaining and real! Pregnancy.

New Year’s Eve, Garry Marshall (2011). Love Actually meets … well, nothing actually. It is just Love Actually in a different guise. There are so many big name actors in this film that it kind of reads like Who’s Who. It was entertaining and the variety of stories centering around New Year’s Eve was interesting. It is romantic. It is slightly funny – I think that serves the definition of RomCom. Two babies.

The Sweetest Thing, Roger Kumble (2002). More ‘sexual’ than ‘comedy’, this is an unsurprising next chapter to ‘He’s just not that into you‘. Pretty mindless. No stars from Margaret or David I’d guess!

Then she found me, Helen Hunt (2008). Colin Firth. Now there’s two words that work for me in a romantic story! Biological clock. There’s another two words for me that seemed to sum up my movie watching this week, and also make me convinced that we see what we want to see, or are currently trying to wrestle with in our lives. I suppose film and theatre have always been that for me. I liked that this film put lots of different, difficult life events into one 100 minute film. It is nothing to write home about, but the themes of motherhood, partnerhood, grief and loss and providence are worth pondering and more than a little familiar!

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