Sunday, August 13, 2006

Netflix'ing Shopgirl

I read Shopgirl about a year ago and really loved it. It was sweet, sad, heartbreaking and loving. It was odd. At the time it was definitely what I needed. Those emotions usually don't fit together - they often can be felt at the same time but are disconnected. But yet, here in the story of Shopgirl, they all coexist. It works.

NPR Junkie saw this movie a few weeks back and loved it too. It's extremely hard to watch at times, maybe because we are all vulnerable like Mirabelle, more so than we'd ever admit... even to ourselves. It reminds me why heartbreak is so essential, because it teaches you what you want, or what you need to be happy in life. Heartbreak is rarely avoidable. Without warning it's in your face, and your only choice is to allow the pain to consume you or to survive. Most of us choose survival, and if we let ourselves, we are better, happier and wiser for it.

Five stars.


Blogger Malnurtured Snay said...

I saw it and enjoyed it, but if I had to find one negative with the film, I'd say that Steve Martin's occasional -- but not consistent -- narration interferes with the story by TELLING us what the characters are going through, rather than allowing us to SEE through the actors' actions.

Some films work and work well with narration -- ROYAL TENNENBAUMS, for one. But it was totally unneccessary for this film.

August 13, 2006 7:11 PM  

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