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It's only the most adorable movie. I could never get tired of it.
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I personally have never been to Tokyo, but it's on my "places I better see before I die" list. Living there may be too drastic, I already struggle in the Netherlands with the culture shock. Culture shock is one of the many themes Sofia Coppola covers in this movie. I love the movie so much for it's authenticity towards life, because most movies just cheat on us by making us believe that the ugly girl eventually will end up with the Prom King.
This movie instead shows the real side of modern life and love, the loneliness, the faded romance of a long relationship.
Bill Murray as Bob and Scarlett Johansson as Charlotte meet in the movie and develop a strong bond despite their age difference. Most of us had that kind of special bond, at one point in life, with a person that in another context or place would never had become even a friend. I remember studying in Bologna (Italy) and being in class with people I had completely nothing in common with, except for one person. She was almost 10 years older than me, but since I was born in Germany and she was German we had a common language in common. We ended up spending each moment together and developed a strong bond. Today we barely speak, and I highly doubt we would have been friends if we had met in a different place or time. But at that point in my life she was the most important person, we helped each other to overcome many challenges that come along when you are far from your family, friends and comfort zone. I realized how much she helped me and meant to me, once she had left for the second semester and I was left alone in that same city. Watching the movie made me remember that time after she left and how lonely I felt in a city which just days before felt so right.
2 Days in Paris with Julie Delpy
The reason why I dream so much about Paris may be the result of falling in love with Julie Delpy and her movie 2 Days in Paris. A comedy based on her life in which she visits her parents (played by her real parents) in Paris with her American boyfriend. The culture differences are the part that make the movie so unique and humorous. Delpy directed, wrote, edited, and co-produced 2 Days in Paris. In the movie her father is my favorite character, very French and stubborn man. Delpy often makes fun of her family saying they are the French white trash. This is another reason why I like her so much, she is an artist with a distance to herself and doesn't take life too seriously.
I am not a big fan of exploring a new city by going to museums and seeing monuments. That said I agree it's worth seeing them - I promise I will wait in line one day to go on top of the Eiffel Tower. However, when in a new city I focus more on eating local food, drinking local wine and enjoying sitting in cafes while people watching. People watching in new cities is a great way to observe silently differences between cultures. Often when I speak to people who have not traveled much or never lived abroad, do not even notice what people around them are doing. One example: In the Netherlands, specifically in Hilversum I noticed that many people have Buddah statues in their windows. When I had the chance to speak to a local, I asked what the reason for it was. The responded to me that it isn't true - in other words they never noticed it. This happens all the time to me and my boyfriend, whenever we point out something that in our eyes is their national habit. Back to Paris. If you ever go, please don't avoid the tourist places, because that would be most of Paris. My favorite neighborhood to feel like a local will always be the 9th arrondissement. My last movie that makes me love Paris so much is the sequel of Before Sunrise, which is called Before Sunset-also with Julie Delpy.