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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

BBM Screencaps ~ The Kiss Scenes, Pt. VII (Final), The 'Dozy Embrace'....

Posted on 2006.05.03 at 17:31

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bagma
bagma at 2006-05-04 19:38 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for all those beautiful screencaps, and the thoughtful comments that go with the pictures.
Like you I was in tears while watching their last argument: so much pain, and so little good memories counterbalancing the sorrow and the bitterness of their lives... I saw the film only once, so my memories are a bit blurry, but I remember I began crying when Ennis is alone, eating something out, and his ex-girlfriend comes talking to him; I don't know exactly why, but I found Ennis's loneliness, his despair very poignant in that scene. After that I fear I couldn't help crying until the end. I loved the film, of course, but watching it was emotionally exhausting for me... I'll buy the DVD, though. But I'm going to watch it when my husband is not at home...:)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-05-04 20:04 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Bagma, you sound like a tender soul for whom such films are made. I watched it twice, sneaking off alone while I was visiting at my mother's who lives near a big city. It was playing there and still hadn't opened in our smaller city.

I loved it the first time: floored, wowed, swept away by the beauty and the quality and the emotional power of it. Then I ended up taking my sister, who showed up a few days later to visit my mother. She wanted someone to go with her (she sobbed through the last section, all the way home for half an hour in the car and then into the night as we sat and talked). When I got back home, it was playing at our theatre. I also had promised to take my daughter, so that made four times. When I heard it was going to be leaving our theatre, which I had not even expected it to ever play, I went one more time.

After that, I bought the soundtrack and played it absolutely to death, whenever I wasn't playing my new "Complete soundtrack recording of FotR," LOL.

I thought that scene in the diner was very poignant, too. That comes right after he sees Jack for what will be the last time. The way he disinterestedly pokes at that piece of pie, obviously unappetizing to him, as if he ought to because he had ordered it and didn't like leaving it (too broke? simply because he had chosen it so now he had to eat it? - I think that would be the reason). As I watched, I thought the way he approached that pie he had ordered but didn't want was the way he approached his listless relationship with Cassie the waitress, and the way he ended up approaching his relationship with his wife.

The whole thing complex sorrow of it, revealed in the way way a character approached a dish of pie. What gorgeous film-making.

When Cassie comes in and upbraids him quietly for having hurt and puzzled her, Ennis' response is so ...that's what made my tears well up. The look on his face was actually kindly, but completely without hope for himself. He looked at her with empathy, but as if to wonder how she or anyone, could expect anything of him, for he no longer expected it of himself. Surely she should be able to see that he was hollow and empty and had nothing to give her, his look seemed to say.

*sniffle*

P.S. I LOVE the image of frodo in your icon.

All that from a barely-eating-a-piece-of-pie scene.
bagma
bagma at 2006-05-05 16:08 (UTC) (Link)
The look on his face was actually kindly, but completely without hope for himself. He looked at her with empathy, but as if to wonder how she or anyone, could expect anything of him, for he no longer expected it of himself. Surely she should be able to see that he was hollow and empty and had nothing to give her, his look seemed to say.

It's exactly that! I don't know why, but I have the feeling Ennis's loneliness is deeper than Jack's; maybe because Jack is more open, and try to establish relations with the others, and Ennis doesn't.

All that from a barely-eating-a-piece-of-pie scene

But eating is important!:) One of the greatest pleasures in the life is to be able to share a meal (in other things, of course!) with the one we love. And Ennis was denied that simple joy.

BTW, I find the Frodo in my icon is pure perfection...:)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-05-06 03:58 (UTC) (Link)
It's exactly that! I don't know why, but I have the feeling Ennis's loneliness is deeper than Jack's; maybe because Jack is more open, and try to establish relations with the others, and Ennis doesn't.

I think you are very right. Jack is simply a lot better adjusted person, a far more resiliant person, for all Ennis' image of 'stoic strength'. It's Jack who kept the relationship going, continuing to support Ennis throughout the years. If Jack had only been interested in looking out for his own interests, he ould have left Ennis early on and found someone who would join him in his vision for a shared life. But he stuck with Ennis at the expense of his own long-term happiness.

This sounds like I am down on Ennis, I'm not. He's one of my favourite, more cherishable screen characters ever. I LOVE him. But he really is a very difficult man, demanding a high outlay of psychic and emotional energy. Any lover of his, apart from the sex, is bound to feel he is carrying a heavy load, being in a relationship with him.
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