Away We Go

Wednesday, October 14, 2009



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.

15 comments:

  1. wow i saw this movie 2 weeks ago and i loved it too!

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  2. Loved this movie... watched it with Dave and we laughed and cried together. I miss you. Hope all is well and that you ENJOY your family visit!

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  3. I absolutely loved this movie, too. It really put life in perspective for me. We tend to get so caught up in the little things that we lose sight of what's important - love, family and hope.

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  4. I rented this movie about a week and a half ago and have not gotten around to watching it yet...I didn't read your whole post just in case you told about it...but I loved Shopgirl too and I hope I have the same reaction with this movie.

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  5. Thanks for posting Kathleen. I seriously didn't know whether I wanted to watch this or not. But your description's helped me out a lot here! I can't wait to watch it! :)

    Belen ♥

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  6. i haven't seen this one or shopgirl! and now i think i have to. i talk a lot during movies too. it drives levi crazy. hehehe.

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  7. AHHH! im glad you posted about this! i have yet to see this movie, or shopgirl for that matter, but your description is exactly what i thought it was going to be like. i like indie movies, especially ones that have bigger actors in them. i think it's really cool when they remember the little indies. haha.

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  8. I rented this and tried to watch it late one evening... needless to say, I fell asleep within the first 30 minutes :( But after reading this post, I am definitely going to rent it again!

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  9. i meant to see this when it was in theaters but didn't end up doing it... i totally hear john kraskantsdafsky (how do you spell his name??)

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  10. omg i effing LOVED this movie. my bf and I are kind of into these types of just random, true, raw movies that capture life as we know it, and live it. I LOVE this post! I had been waiting to see this movie for so long and I loved it. Though I remember my bf asking me...um...was this funny? or was a little weird? because I felt like I was missing something. We decided we didn't miss anything, it was just an honest portrayal of love and life. I'm so glad you loved it too!!!

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  11. I want to see this movie so badly!!!! my husband talks a lot in movies too...it kills me!

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  12. I need to see this!

    AND YOU NEED TO CHECK MY BLOG!

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  13. hmmm..I watched the beginning of it and then couldn't get into it, so I stopped it. Maybe I should have stuck it out until the end!!

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  14. Can't wait to watch it...love these types of movies.

    I also love the quote at the end of your post.

    Thanks,
    Liz

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  15. i was worried abou this movie too as i am not a huge fan of Maya but everything you said is exactly how i felt after i watched it.

    and ditto sam mendes... amazing.

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