Aug. 1, 2006

imagine me and you

Of course, one can argue that relationships involving married parties are a lot more complicated than what was depicted in Ol Parker's 2005 film, "imagine me & you", but the movie's over-all charm made me more than willing to overlook that to enjoy this "sparkling romantic comedy," which starred piper perabo and lena headey.

[insert spoiler warning here. okay. now that you've read it, can i go on?]

the movie opens with rachel (perabo), who, on her wedding to long time partner and best friend heck (matthew goode), meets the wedding florist, luce (headey) and is immediately overcome by irresistible attraction.

efforts at avoiding and coping with (and yes, later, indulging in as well) this confusing dump of feelings constitutes much of rachel's journey after her wedding day, (ironically) -- much to the confusion (and later, frustration) of heck, who, in deference to him, had been rachel's best friend of three years prior to marriage.

and of course, it's a happy ending -- it's one that involves a major traffic jam and shouting on top of cars. the movie is very light and giddy throughout, and the combined performances of perabo and headey are heartfelt and easy to relate with -- and no, it's not just me.

i think anybody who has ever fallen in love can easily relate with rachel, whose struggle with a confusing new feeling is central to anybody, gay or straight, who has ever spent nights mulling over a newfound attraction to somebody else, taken or otherwise.

in fairness to perabo, her portrayal of rachel is believable -- all she has to do is look, or wring her hands or something, and it works infinitely better than dialogue.

headey, on the other hand, seemed to have all the charm in the world and thus delivered a very believable performance as well as the source of confusion -- if you know what i mean. (read: she's gorgeous, period.)

together, as one bbc writeup put it, they showed that the path to true love isn't always straight. (grin)

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in my attempts to explain to myself why i was inexplicably charmed by this movie, i came across this review of the movie on afterellen.com, in which the writer Brian Kitchell writes:

"It is worth noting that while Luce identifies as gay, Rachel never says, in so many words, how she views her sexuality. She’s just fallen in love, and the person in question happens to be a woman; a modern, fluid way of showing a sexuality."

and i think -- yes! that's exactly it! *hugs dvd close*

so okay, things are more complicated than that, as my closer friends must know. but maybe it's just that we've grown so used to dealing with complicated things that we find it a lot easier to view things as complicated and dismiss as frivolous the many wonderful things about falling in love just as it is -- because sometimes it's just that. not an attempt to fit into somebody's definitions, or to fulfill somebody else's expectations, but just a moment of epiphany: "Shit. This person is amazing."