Last night I decided to #SlowDown and watch a movie instead of trying to sneak in a couple more hours of work. I snuggled up on the couch with my dogs, poured a glass of wine, and let Netflix take me into a different world than my own. I landed on a beautiful movie called In Search of Fellini. As I sat down to write this blog, I noticed that the reviews of this movie were not glowing. Apparently it has some problems with the storyline. I'm not a film expert, but this movie took me from the heights of delight to the depths of grief in 93 minutes. In my world, that means it is an excellent movie. I give it all the stars.
Perhaps I loved it so much because it addresses grief in a creative way and I'm kind of obsessed with that topic. The main character is Lucy (Ksenia Solo), a 20-year-old woman who still lives with her mom (Maria Bello). Lucy's mom has sheltered her from all the deaths that would have affected her life - from her goldfish to her grandfather. She has also sheltered Lucy from life in general. Lucy has virtually no street smarts. She falls in love with the films of director Federico Fellini and embarks on a mission to find him in Italy. As she travels, she faces all the challenges her mother protected her from, including love and the hardest death of all.
What is the "real world," really?
I delighted in the movie because it also explored the blurred lines of fantasy and reality. This blog is dedicated to exploring everyday immortality and part of that is allowing the possibility that our perception of the world is reality. Two people can see the same scene and have two very different experiences. Which one is real? Is my deeply emotional experience of this movie wrong because the experts think the storyline was lacking? Is Lucy's experience of Italy wrong because she doesn't know about the real world? I think not.
"Life is a combination of magic and pasta." - Federico Fellini
The movie also explored the energetic connection we have with the people who are closest to us across space and time. The expanse of an ocean and the departure of a physical body are insufficient for breaking the bond between this mother and daughter. Lucy also finds out that this type of bond can happen when we fall in love. If you need a bit of magic in your day, I highly recommend this movie.
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