I like movies a lot. Movies can affect me so greatly, because they depict another world, kind of in the same way that I try to create different worlds in my writing. Worlds that I would like to live in, with realities that I would prefer to this reality that I have now. Of course, sometimes they depict worlds that I’m very, very glad I don’t live in. But they always spur my imagination, and images, dialogue, and concepts stay with me for a long time and influence me.
In no particular order, here are some movies that I really like:
Chocolat, with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. I love how the magical is interwoven right on top of the prosaic. I like all the chocolate. Judy Dench, as the grumpy grandmother, is amazing. Juliette and Johnny are fabulous together. I related to Juliette’s struggles to be a good mother while she’s balancing her own needs and ambitions. I like the movie’s message that you can be influenced strongly by the past, but you don’t need to be a slave to it–it’s okay to set a legacy aside and make your own path. And I mentioned the chocolate, right?
The five-hour BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth (insert whimper here). I watch this at least once a year, and it’s my favorite of all the Jane Austen adaptations. It’s an amazing adaptation of Jane’s book, and the complex character arcs are always fantastic to watch. Jane Austen was so remarkable in her ability to create strong female characters that try to maneuver as best they can in what was clearly a society focused on men, their needs and wishes. Women were so stifled and without authority in that time, and I love seeing how Jane’s strong females both make peace with that and with their own truths, which end up setting them free, in love. Plus, a young Colin Firth. Plus, all the sisters and the different roles they each play in their family dynamics. I always wanted to pursue Sky’s story–she was one of five sisters, and I wanted to explore that whole world. Oh, well.