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“Patrick went to Gasworks to play frisbee, got drunk, tripped over a log, and cut his forehead open. It sounds like he's okay though, and he has a good (and loud) friend with him to stop up the wound.”

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Mar. 4th, 2006 12:46 pm (UTC)
Excellent summary!
Mar. 4th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
i was only kidding about the frontal lobotomy!
Mar. 4th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
These are the things I do when I get a bottle in front of me. *shrug*
Mar. 6th, 2006 07:39 am (UTC)
I just saw your rating for Scenes from a Marriage on Netflix. I'm so glad you liked it. I was a bit nervous recommending it because while I thought it was amazing, I can also see why people might find it boring or drawn out (which I tend not to mind in movies as much as other people).

Of course, given how much overlap there tends to be in our movie views I probably shouldn't be surprised.

I think Ashley would appreciate it from the perspective of how honest it is about the functional disfunction of relationships, but I don't think she'd have the patience to sit through it ;-).
Mar. 6th, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC)
I was going to write a post about this movie, actually. Just haven't made myself do it yet.
I totally understand the worries that it might be long and drawn out, but while I was watching it I didn't feel like it was long or boring at all. Watching these two characters go through all these phases of their relationship was very interesting and entertaining.

I'm actually interested in, at some point down the line when I have distanced myself from watching the movie, renting the tv series and watching that over the course of a week or two. Maybe do that and I can watch one episode a night, peppered into a night of watching 24 or Sopranos.
Mar. 6th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
Re: I was going to write a post about this movie, actually. Just haven't made myself do it yet.
Woah -- somehow I didn't realize that there was a television series. Did it come out before or after the movie?

And yeah, I totally agree. There was only one point in the movie where I felt like it was long -- I don't remember the exact point, but it was basically toward the end where I thought I'd figured it out, realized how late it was and started twitching my feet. And right as I did that, it through a curve ball at me and I was engaged again. Only it wasn't one of those out of left field curve balls, but something TOTALLY predictable that I just didn't think Bergman would have had the insight to throw in (I ought to know better).

I think that's what I loved the most about the movie. EVERY step was COMPLETELY predictable from a relationship perspective and yet completely UNPREDICTABLE from a film perspective because we're so used to a certain romantic language of film that takes us in a direction completely counter to reality (and is possibly why so many people just don't "get" relationships).

Have you seen Wild Strawberries? That may be one of my favorite Bergman films. It's different from Scenes of a Marriage and not quite as brutal, but it's very engaging and very fulfilling.
Mar. 6th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
Re: I was going to write a post about this movie, actually. Just haven't made myself do it yet.
The movie is a shortening and recutting of the tv show. It was 6 hour long episodes. Bergman wanted to release it in the US, but the tv markets didn't want to play a 6 part miniseries without dubbing it, because the american tv audiences won't watch subtitles. So instead of doing that, he cut out some of the additional characters (like the children and parents of the couple) and made a feature film about just the two main characters.

I've never had a relationship like the one portrayed in the film, but I can imagine it. It was different then the marrages you normally see on film, that it really felt like I was watching a neighbor's life on fast forward instead of a movie. Almost like reality tv, but not.

I haven't seen wild strawberries. Time to add it to the netflix list!
Mar. 6th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
Re: I was going to write a post about this movie, actually. Just haven't made myself do it yet.
I've never had that exact relationship - but every component has shown up in some aspect of my life. There were two that stuck out the most to me. a

First, that idea of maintaining this illusion of the "perfect couple" while things rot from the inside until one day someone leaves and the other person is completely taken by surprise. I've been on both sides of this one, unfortunately.

Second, the wanting to sleep with the other person after the breakup not even because you like them but because you want to heal the rejection but being unsure if that will disempower you (and thus further fuel the rejection) or empower you because it will demonstrate your attractiveness/worth.

Both brutal realities of the human ego.

I normally watch series all the way through (like Firely or Lost Season 1 in a weekend) but I think I'd have to spread that out as well -- but I'm going to have to dig it up because that sounds fascinating.
Mar. 6th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
Re: I was going to write a post about this movie, actually. Just haven't made myself do it yet.
Ok, I get your meaning. I've only had one long term relationship (ie lasting more than 6 months) and the movie did remind me of it. When I found out my partner was cheating on me, and the pain I went through. After the breakup and wanting to reconnect with that person. Pretending things are perfect when they aren't. I do see the comparisons there. As I get older and experience more relationships, I think I will see these patterns repeat in my life. I almost look forward to them.

I do tend to do the same thing with series. Sit and watch as many as I can take in one sitting. I just don't feel like I would want to do that with this show. I think the way we approached this is best. Watch the movie first and then watch the series later for more.
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