I just recently watched the film Away We Go. As I was watching it, I kept looking over at Jenner and saying, "This is weird. I don't know if I like it... Is this funny? I'm not sure." (FYI - I talk a lot during movies. You probably don't want to watch one with me. It's almost as though my lips move without my permission. Sorry, Jenner.) Then as the movie progressed, I got more and more engrossed by this quirky, honest, sometimes sad, lovely story. I had a similar reaction to one of my all-time favorites, Shopgirl. I was convinced I didn't like it until the last third and then as the credits rolled, I cried out, "I love this movie!" Yep, same thing happened this time.
What can I really say about this film? First of all, who doesn't love Sam Mendes? Honestly, anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Didn't think so. Second, I love these understated films that capture the honest un-romanticized nature of our lives. Third, while we're at it, the music is amazing.
This is one of those films I can't stop thinking about for days... There is one scene in particular, I can't get out of my mind. The line Burt says to Rona about his future daughter's weight breaks my heart in the best possible way.
BURT: Do you promise to let our daughter be fat or skinny or any weight at all? Because we want her to be happy, no matter what. Being obsessed with weight is just too cliché for our daughter.
RONA: Yes, I do. Do you promise, when she talks, you’ll listen? Like, really listen, especially when she’s scared? And that her fights will be your fights?
BURT: I do. And do you promise that if I die some embarrassing and boring death that you’re gonna tell our daughter that her father was killed by Russian soldiers in this intense hand-to-hand combat in an attempt to save the lives of 850 Chechnyan orphans?
RONA: I do. Chechnyan orphans. I do. I do.
To me, this movie is about loss, love and hope. It's about what it means to find yourself... what it means to find and make your family.
I love this quote. "It’s all those good things you have in you. The love, the wisdom, the generosity, the selflessness, the patience. The patience! At 3 A.M. when everyone’s awake because Ibrahim is sick and he can’t find the bathroom and he’s just puked all over Katki’s bed. When you blink, when you blink! And it’s 5:30 and it’s time to get up again and you know you’re going to be tired all day, all week, all your fucking life. And you’re thinking what happened to Greece? What happened to swimming naked off the coast of Greece? And you have to be willing to make the family out of whatever you have."
If you haven't already, go and watch it. It's beautiful.