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Truly Madly Deeply (1990)
A deeply, truly, wonderful film
I could go on for a bit about the movie "Truly, Madly, Deeply," but the summaries given already describe it quite well.
It made me cry and ache.. and smile and laugh. It's a film I can re-watch fairly often.
The acting is rather good, and the pace of the movie is just right. The tenor of this film is warm and witty: it evolves from a well portrayed deep and painful grieving, interlaced with humorous twists.
"TMD's" presentation of death & grieving is both vivid & on-target. The story begins right after an unexpected loss of a lover and it gives a portrayal of the heart-breaking, gut wrenching pain of one suddenly bereaved. Yet as the movie progresses it smoothly moves into a light-hearted, if slightly quixotic, story. It's unique presentation of the 'afterlife' offers a whimsical view both surprising and quite charming. Even in the movie's more unusual scenes there was a sense in me of "Yes..! I COULD imagine someone dead doing that!"
Naturally some inevitable conflicting realities begin pressing themselves upon the scene, giving us to wonder how things will possibly turn out. The ensuing drama makes for good viewing.
It is sweet and funny, somewhat surprising and refreshing.
And, it's ultimately a move about love.. and loving choices.
The Razor's Edge (1984)
an incredible movie
This movie is only ever so slightly marred by bill murray's inability to keep his 'bill murray-ness' fully in check (the scene where he hams it up as a crazed barking seal in the swimming pool comes to mind). But besides that it is really an exceptional, well presented movie. It's the story of a young man who reacts to the harsh realities of mindless deaths in world war one, and his subsequent quest to find some deeper meaning for life. There are romantic and dramatic tensions, compelling tragedy, and spiritual questing - which takes the bill murray lead character on a meandering path, eventually arriving at a monastery among the lofty peaks of Tibet. And along with all this are some very tender moments and some very, very funny lines.
It's all in all one of the most moving stories I've seen. I actually could hardly speak when the movie ended. At the time my companion started chatting away as the end credits rolled, and I wondered how she could possibly have seen the same movie and not been as deeply affected. However, just a few moments later - as we walked from the theater - she suddenly stopped walking & broke down weeping.