Sunday, April 02, 2006

Broken Flowers

Something seemed broken in the movie - a very remote picture - consider the cast Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone, Frances Conroy ( six feet under Mom) - have very ambivalent feelings about it. Bill Murray did Lost in Translation and now this - liked the other one much more. A critic writes "Murray superbly insinuates to us a man full of feeling who is bemused by his own inability to find a way to let it out." Hugh Grant's About a Boy was similar but had an obviously commercial fairytale ending. The character mellowed and was able to "let it out".

Scary at a different level - there could be lot of us who could end up like this. In the gay context being Don Juan is no big deal but the price to pay is quite steep u end up with a fancy house with your big TVs and the other gizmos but no one to really share it with ....
But the worst off I suppose are people like me who squander their 20s and 30s in studies and work and career and all that jazz and ...

"Lying"
He puts his brush to the canvas,
with one quick stroke
unfolds a bird from the sky.
Steps back, considers.
Takes pity.
Unfolds another.
-- Jane Hirshfield (Nov 1994)

11 comments:

veed said...

love jessica lange. expecially in the saas/bahu movie 'hush' - with johnathon schaech *drools*

love six feet under mom too. shes brill

its better to "squander" your 20s in studies/work/career rather than sit around doing nothing and regretting it later. its one thing to *know* priorities and another to *actually* put em into practice.

last post - im doing ok .. dint think any of your comments on my blog were nasty at all, hehe, dont be silly :p

appy said...

veed pls implement some of ur dr.phil advice to ur life.*acknowledges ur dr.phil uvtar*
guppie agree with veed on squandering life in studies part.

a guppie said...

well sometimes "good" boys feel as if they have missd out on all the fun

veed said...

^ - story of my life :p

aristera says said...

sometimes i wonder, is it that you can get only one of them... career or love. dont know. but you didnt squander your 20's. and you are not squandering your 30's. so dont be so harsh on yourself. i see young people these days and they disgust me. at the risk of sounding horrible and snooty, i really this its a value system that is missing. rather 'squander' the 20's in work and education.

once again said...

* looks bankly *

once again said...

BLANKLY *typo*

Sex and the City said...

**Doesn't know what to say*. Broken Flowers - love the analogy.

closetalk said...

it's a beautiful poem, guppie, but i think ure being too hard on ureseslf. not 'squander' at all. no no no no NO. i feel inadequate to say anything more. but, NO.

Wild Reeds said...

@@In the gay context being Don Juan is no big deal but the price to pay is quite steep u end up with a fancy house with your big TVs and the other gizmos but no one to really share it with ....
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Hmmm... selon moi, sex can be an initial stepping stone, to finding someone to share your life with. A learning experience. Knowing someone, learning what exactly it is about them and you that "completes the other" is an acquired skill. The point is, until one jumps into the pool and gets fully wet, one never learns to swim. And therein lies the test of courage.

@@But the worst off I suppose are people like me who squander their 20s and 30s in studies and work and career and all that jazz and ... @@

Guppie, the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence. I remember the conversation we had on the Carters promenade, the mangroves glistening with a fresh coat of sewage: "Is it better to be 'damaged goods' than an 'unopened package'?

once again said...

where are u to be !?