Tuesday, January 29, 2013

It's Kind of Fitting that the Most Depressing Film of the Year is Called "Love"

Last Saturday night, I decided to break out of my shell and meet some new people.

(Have you ever heard of Meet Up? It's this cool website where you connect with people online, but then do stuff in real life. And it's not for dating. It's for broadening your circle.)

(It's like Match.com for friends.)

(And it's free to sign up.)

A few months ago, I came across a group called Orange County Women and Film. Intrigued, I checked out the group and joined, always meaning to go to one of their events, but never quite making time in my schedule.

Well, with the Oscars approaching, I'm in a bit of a time crunch to get through the rest of the Best Picture nominees.

(Four to go as of today...)

And the group is trying to see all the films of the nominated Best Actresses. Fitting since it's a group about women and film.

So Saturday's selection was Best Picture nominee Amour, which stars Best Actress nominee Emanuelle Riva.

('Amour' is French for 'love.')

I was looking forward to seeing this film that was deemed one of the best pictures of the entire year and super excited that it was all in French with subtitles.

(And I totally understood about 80% of the French, which isn't bad considering how long it's been since I've actually used those dormant language skills.)

Plus, it is called "Love" and how could it not be good?

Well, it's a pretty good movie.

And one of the most depressing things I've ever seen in my entire life.

It's about this old couple. The entire movie takes place in their Paris apartment. The wife has a stroke and the husband takes care of her as her condition gradually becomes worse and worse.

Seriously? Depressing.

The whole time, I kept thinking about those years of caring for my ailing grandmother. The film was so realistic that it took me right back to some of those difficult times.

The performances are great. Really, really great. Emanuelle Riva deserves her nomination.

But the movie is completely, totally, utterly depressing.

I felt like I needed to double up on my Effexor after it was over.

It kind of made me laugh that a movie about love would leave me feeling so distraught and wrung out like a dishrag. But then, I thought it kind of made sense. Because love is depressing.

But you know what isn't depressing? Hanging out with a new group of people who are into the same weird/artsy movies that I like. And actually having someone to talk about them with after they're over. It's fun to have a newly expanded circle of friends.

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  1. Good for you joining "the gals." Sounds like a great time, depressing movie or not.'
    I've been trying to see all the Academy Award nominees, too. Still to be seen: Amour, Les Mis, Silver Lining Playbook and Beasts of the Southern Wild. We may see Silver Lining tonight (it's cheap night at our local theatre) but we're going to have a heck of a time seeing the rest. We missed Les Miserables when it was here (darn it) and the other two haven't even played in our tiny town. So unless we're willing to travel a long way, we probably won't make it to see that very depressing movie!!! What haven't you seen yet?

  2. Of course it's expressing....it's French! But it sounds like you found a really fun group. :D
    We're going to see Warm Bodies Friday night. I red the book last week and loved it!


  3. I've not seen it, but now I'm not sure that I will. I'm not really in a place right now to be able to handle movies that wring you out like that. But I'm glad you have some movie-gals to share your hobby with! That's wonderful!

    1. It's definitely not a movie for everyone. In fact, I wouldn't even really recommend it. But don't get me wrong. It's well done. Just...so, so sad.

  4. I've heard that his movie is amazing, but yeah, I have no interest in watching something that depressing.

  5. I love movies with subtitles! But since I'm currently in a mood where I cry at Rice Krispy commercials, I think I better avoid this movie for now.

  6. I'd really have to be in the mood for depressing. I've seen four of the nine nominees, but that's not one of them.

  7. Yep, it was pretty sad. I had to "prepare" myself to see this one. It was tough but man-oh-man, the performances were stunning. I think it will win best foreign language film, but not best picture-- Not even sure how it made the cut for that category.

  8. Oh gosh, it does sound depressing, I too can see a movie like that take me back to sad memories. Oh yea, and love sure can be depressing for some.

    About the meet up, that sounds like it was awesome, good for you! I always wanted to go to one, I can't tell you how many times I must have joined one but never went. You going and having a nice time inspires me, maybe in the spring time.


  9. Interesting but not a movie I would watch........

  10. That's awesome about Meet Up! I've always wanted to go to something around here, too. Sometimes it's hard to meet new people (and I don't ALWAYS want to hang out with work peeps, ya know?)

    Wow. This really does sound depressing. Interesting, but holy tissue fest! I'll prob check it out. I like to watch Debbie Downer kind of movies sometimes.

  11. I love that meetup! I'd totally go! I always need movie friends. I wanted to see that movie this week, but I don't know anymore...


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