Going through my favourite movie collections, I don’t really know why I’ve stopped at this specific one…maybe because it’s one of the stories that made me expect the unexpected.
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Director: Pat O’Connor
Writers: Herman Raucher, Paul Yurick, Kurt Voelker
Lead actors: Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron
2001 Drama, Romance
‘I love movies…and yes, I do have my favourite ones, sometimes it’s a drama, a sad story, other times it’s a comedy, with unstoppable laughter or a romance that leaves tears in my eyes…but overall, as somebody said to me…movies become timeless because of what they make you feel.’
Now, this story brings many different feelings to whom is watching…but for me personally it led to a sentiment of empowerment. It somehow awakens a strength within you that you thought you never had…
As a love story, there is nothing new here – boy meets girl, girl has a slight air of mystery, boy feels intrigued and follows into her footsteps.
There is something else to this story that makes it so overwhelming…throughout everything that is happening, you can’t imagine what it’s actually the reality.
Nelson and Sara have nothing in common but because there is a certain spark between them, they decide on a rather unconventional dating plan…one month trial, after which they will both go in their separate ways.
And again, what is happening in this time they’ve spent together, doesn’t come as a surprise…they will fall in love…but what the writers of this movie did extremely well is hide the true reasons why she gave him a month to experiment this courtship.
…The story concentrates on how Sara is committed to theses monthly trials with different men, that she tries to help somehow to overcome their emotional issues.
What the story doesn’t reveal until the end is how all these encounters are actually her way of hiding her own reasons of never committing to anyone for longer than a month.
I’ve read so many reviews of this movie and I don’t think half of them do any justice to it. People concentrate too much of what its clear and visible and less on reading between the lines.
I believe that the purpose of a story is to make you feel something…anything; even if that feeling it is disappointment, at the end of it, that movie reached its goal.