I saw this a few weeks ago and can’t stop thinking about it. It’s a great film, beautifully shot and well written, a reminder that there’s a reason people think Woody Allen is the bees knees.
But it’s also a good reminder of the ways that art shows us great truths about the world. I love what the movie says about nostalgia, love, and writing.
Here’s a good representative line from the main character: “That’s what the present is. It’s a little unsatisfying because life is unsatisfying.” We all long for more. Whether it manifests itself in hope for the future or a longing for the past, the fact that things are just not the way they ought to be is inescapable.
This is not a real review, but it is an invitation to borrow this from your nearest redbox or rent it from amazon instant video soon.
Absolutely loved this one! Already loved the period and Paris, but I was pleasantly surprised at how insightful and truthful Allen was about the perils of nostalgia and the love of a “better” time in history. Growing up in a subculture (conservative homeschooling community) where there was a lot of hyping of nostalgia and stepping out of the current milieu to live in the past, I found Allen’s insights powerful. Especially as they were communicated without judgement in such a beautiful and fun way :-)
One of my favorite movies!