What a great film! The cinematography, the script, the music... all taking place in the City of Lights. I loved the "dreamy-ness" (yes, that's a word) of the movie - an aspiring novelist being inside the world of the literary and artistic greats of the 1920's.
|I love this movie poster - set against Van Gogh's Starry Night. Photo credit|
Although it wasn't particularly "heavy" acting, I loved Marion Cotillard in this movie - with her French-accented English and 1920's flapper ensembles combined with an effortless, modern coolness. I could seriously have a girl-crush on her.
Gil (Owen Wilson's character): "Can you picture how drop-dead gorgeous this city is in the rain? Imagine this town in the 20's. Paris in the 20's, in the rain. The artists and the writers!"
My favorite line from the movie:
Ernest Hemingway: "I believe that love that is true and real creates a respite from death. All cowardice comes from not loving or loving well, which is the same thing. And when the man who is brave and true looks death squarely in the face, like some rhino hunters I know, or Belmonte who is truly brave, it is because they love with sufficient passion to push death out of their minds. Until it returns, as it does to all men, and then you must make really good love again. Think about it."
Sigh. They just don't make many movies like this anymore.
Even A., whose favorites include the Godfather trilogy, the Bourne series, and The Italian Job, truly loved this film, and was equally captured by Ernest Hemingway's line above.
The story does lead you to a "suspension of disbelief." But just go along with it, and enjoy it without question.