Rotten Tomatoes 85%
Came out in 1986
Genre: Drama film/Fantasy
Length: 1h 44m
I found this movie on HULU last night. I had never heard of it before. The description reeled me in. I was engaged immediately. The sets were well staged, the costumed were period appropriate, and the props were well presented. My favorite prop in the film was the cigarette holder. My favorite costume was the set that the protagonist’s little sister is first introduced in. This film is perfect for anyone who has had their heart broken and has rekindled the love at a later point in life.
This film reminded me of my parents. When I was about 8, I asked my mother why she loved my father. I was precocious and they were going through a divorce. I couldn’t understand why they ever got together. Her answer was that she couldn’t explain it in a way that I would understand until I experienced romantic love. She told me that sometimes you love someone despite rational thought, that sometimes you stay with someone you love because your heart would hurt more without them. I asked her this same question when I was in my mid-teens. My parents had gotten back together only a couple of years before, by this point. They had both been changed by distance and time. This time she pointed out that I should know by now, & I did. Here I am, 17 years after first having asked my mother why she loved my father – knowing and understanding why – watching a film that I know would have had a heavy impact on me if I had seen it as a child. What that impact would have been, well, maybe we’ll know in another life. Having seen it now, well, I thought it was well done. My favorite line is : “I’m not stupid enough to marry you twice.” Why? This line and what happens directly after is very real. Sometimes, sometimes we are stupid enough to so the same thing twice. It’s not so much stupidity as it is optimism. Sometimes you try again and it does work out. Most times, it doesn’t, but when it does, oh…it can be quite beautiful.