Friday, October 05, 2018

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:
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Sarah: I think I understand your feelings about this book. I used to have some problems with it, myself. When I read it in grad school, Madam Bovary just seemed like a fool. She marries the wrong man; makes one foolish mistake after another; but when I read it this time, I just fell in love with her. She's trapped! She has a choice: she can either accept a life of misery or she can struggle against it. And she chooses to struggle.
Mary Ann: Some struggle. Hop into bed with every guy who says hello.
Sarah: She fails in the end, but there's something beautiful and even heroic in her rebellion. My professors would kill me for even thinking this, but in her own strange way, Emma Bovary is a feminist.
Mary Ann: Oh, that's nice. So now cheating on your husband makes you a feminist?
Sarah: No, no, it's not the cheating. It's the hunger. The hunger for an alternative, and the refusal to accept a life of unhappiness.
Mary Ann: Maybe I didn't understand the book!

Rachel Weisz is really terrific in Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite (which is wear I'm going to review as soon as I can write a review that summons at the least an eensy weensy bit of the film's awesomeness) but I still can't help but feel a little sad that his first pick Kate Winslet didn't end up in the movie - not sure what happened there (I'd love somebody to ask and get the scoop!) but in my head I can picture her kicking ass in the role in a way she hasn't really gotten the opportunity to in far too long. I mean she's great in Wonder Wheel and she's great in The Dressmaker but this, this would've really been something. Anyway a happy 43 to Kate today!
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4 comments:

Brad said...

"The hunger for an alternative, and the refusal to accept a life of unhappiness."

One of my all-time favourite lines! Little Children is a criminally underrated movie.

Barry said...

No doubt about it, Helen Mirren was great in THE QUEEN. However, Kate Winslet deserved to win the Oscar for LITTLE CHILDREN. She is amazing in this film throughout, but this scene and the scene at the end with her daughter are some of the best work she’s ever done.

Jon said...

I think Kate didn't sign to make The Favourite because her mother was really ill and sadly passed away.

She don't speak of that on interviews and the subject it is still painful to her.

I would love to see Kate working with Yorgos, Emma and Olivia. I hope she had the opportunity to work with the Greek very soon.

About Little Children: my personal second Oscar win for Kate. The first for Sense and Sensibility (Or Heavenly Creatures? 🤔)

Robert Kirby said...

Great scene, indeed. I remember thinking that that neighbor was the perfect embodiment of every stupid smug judgmental suburban asshole I've always tried to avoid talking to (so I wouldn't perhaps end up calling them a stupid smug judgmental suburban asshole to their faces).