It's only the most adorable movie. I could never get tired of it.
Here are some images I picked.
Have you ever fallen in love with someone or something and immediately regretted it, because the chances of having the same feelings returned was as likely as Kim Jong-un winning the Nobel for peace? When I was younger, I couldn't avoid having a crush on the boys who didn't even acknowledged my existence, although often we would sit in the same classroom. After too many years of repeating the same mistake, I learned to avoid falling in love with unrealistic targets. What does this have to do with the movie Frances Ha or New York City? After watching the movie I understood that I would have become Frances, if I had stayed in New York, after my one year of unpaid internship. During that time, I made sure I would not fall in love with this beautiful city, because I would not be able to afford it in the long-run. It's a magical city and I recommend everyone to see it, it's so good it's almost unrealistic. Frances Ha gives a very realistic view of living in NYC as an average person, and all the beauty and struggles it comes with. Frances struggles especially with achieving her career goal, but also with her friendship to Sophie and accepting that her ambitions are too high for what she can have at her current point in life. She reminded me of that quote, "The root of suffering is attachment," because she was attached to her ambitions. I would lie, if I said I never get attached to anything, especially my less realistic ambitions.
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.
Amalfi Cost with the Talented Mr. Ripley
The famous and beautiful Amalfi coast, in the south of Italy only 70km from Naples. A top vacation destination, especially in the 1920s and 1930s if you were an upper class or aristocratic British person. Although today Amalfi still attracts many celebrities because of its beautiful scenery. Many movies have been shot there, and one which I always thought to enjoy was the Talented Mr. Ripley. Why do I say thought to have enjoyed? Today I re-watched it and noticed that it made me slightly uncomfortable, especially because of Tom Ripley the main character. In each movie you try to sympathize with the main actor, yet in this movie the main character is turns out to be the psycho. The first time I watched it I didn't feel as uncomfortable, maybe because I didn't know how it would end.
I once heard in a movie or read that, rereading books is a good idea because each time you get something new and different out of it, depending on the life situation you are in at the moment. Could it be the same with movies?
Still I believe it is a great movie, the Amalfi coast, the dresses which Gwyneth Paltrow is wearing, the sea and as usual the music - Jazz music - make it a unique thriller. Bonus - boys prefer this movie over chick flicks :)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
It's interesting, I've watched the movie already several times. I wonder if anyone has the same dilemma when watching it, which is to decide whether you are more like Vicky or more like Cristina or maybe María Elena. I tend to identify myself with Cristina, although I admit at one point in my life I may have even been more of a María Elena. It's one of those movies in which you can identify yourself easily while watching and reflect on your life afterwards.
The movie shares a unique atmosphere. Shooting it in Barcelona is one of the reasons why it makes it so beautiful. A magic city to visit during the warm season. Another aspect of the movie I enjoyed was the music- Soundtrack. The moment I will find myself in Barcelona, I plan to find a cafe to sit at, as Vicky and Juan Antonio did, and listen to the Spanish Guitar with a glass of wine in my hand.
Better than I ever could The New York Times says about the comedy-drama, "Although Vicky Cristina trips along winningly, carried by the beauty of its locations and stars — and all the gauzy romanticism those enchanted places and people imply — it reverberates with implacable melancholy, a sense of loss." The sense of loss is what makes the movie more intense, it addresses issues life carries with it. In my simple mind I translated it into, "when one door opens another one has to close, and vice versa." We cannot have it all, and letting go of a period in our life, whether childhood, trip abroad letting go of people we love can be tragic.
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.
What Country or City Will You Visit This Summer?
Who doesn't love to travel and with the summer approaching I thought of a campaign about my favorite cities. Since I also love way too many movies which happened to be shot in many of these cities, I will combine the two topics. In the past, whenever I was about to visit a new city I used to watch movies with the same location in order to help me associate the streets and monuments with it and feel a sense of familiarity. The first time I did this was in 1999 when I traveled for the first time to New York City with my parents. I decided to watch Home Alone 2: Lost in New York over and over again. Many years later I did it again before travelling to Paris watching Amélie, Breathless with Jean Seberg and many other movies.
If you decide to travel to Paris this summer and even if you are not, I recommend this great classic with Jean-Paul Belmondo.