Friday, January 08, 2010

A clip - Truly, Madly, Deeply

It's a rather dark piece of whimsy: Nina's husband dies. Then he returns in the standard movie-magic sort of way (only she can see him - we think) and their love is untouched by the ravages of death. Unfortunately, Jamie's a forthright sort with strong political beliefs ("I still attend meetings," he says self-rightously, referring to his proud stature among the other dead activists) and he's got horribly cold feet and has been staying up all night watching movies with his friends. His dead friends ("'Fitzcarraldo' or 'Five Easy Pieces?' Right. We'll take a vote...").

All you need to know from this clip is that he and his dead dawgs decided to informally renovate Nina's flat. Jamie never liked her old carpet and is in the process of explaining why it should simply go when Nina pitches a fit and throws his dead buddies into the street. Or back into the void. Or something. He can't understand why this is an issue for her and she can't explain why it's important to have her own things and her own life. It's a run-of-the-mill lover's quarrel and she loves him no less for it, but it's not...ideal. It's not what you remember when you crave the attention of your dead husband.

And it has been, on some level, planned by Jamie. The scene below represents the best of the late Anthony Minghella. Jamie loves Nina but, well-remembered or not, is quite dead (side-trips to this world notwithstanding). He knows it. And she thinks he has a horrible Spanish accent and she can't quite let him go, but still understands that she has to.


Anonymous said...

Thank you. I was having such a cheerful night, watched Road House, had a few beverages with my wife, and then this. Great film, but wow. "What, dead friends?" Love it.

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