This week's movie selection is an old one starring Timothy Bottoms and a young fetching Dame Maggie Smith. Some film guys categorize the movie as a comedy-drama, while others call it a bittersweet romantic comedy. Mister Hero Man says that often a movie is considered a comedy because a drama just happens to have natural funny elements to it. I suppose. But isn't that the life of humans anyway?
Missus Lady says that this movie is in the same vein as Harold and Maude, which was released two years prior to this one, except the story of love is more obvious between a woman twice the age of a young man. Missus Lady says she doesn't know how she missed this movie when it first came out. Maybe it had a small run because of the theme. I don't know why many people are askance at a May–December relationship. The Missus Lady would know. The First, and Late, Husband was twice her age. People had asked if the First, and Late, Husband was someone famous or if she (not knowing she was a native born Californian) needed a green card. Such stupid people. Meeeeeeeeeow.
Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing (1973)
Setting: A summer in Spain
Walter, in his late teens, is from a well-to-do family in New York. Unlike his overachieving sister and father, he has no clue what to do with his life so his father sends him on a biking tour in Spain. Walter hates the experience so joins up with a bus tour in which he meets 30-something Lila who is an inhibited never-been-married English woman getting away from her elderly aunties. As any good romance story goes, Walter and Lila can't stand each other. She's an old cow. He's a too-old brat.
Then it happens. They are in maybe love. Enough in love to leave the bus tour, get a car-and-trailer, and traipse around Spain by themselves. It's only when a castle-owning older man enters the picture that the couple figure where they stand with each other.
Will Lila and the older man live happily together in his castle? Or, will Lila and Walter be brave and commit a lifetime with each other? And, if they do, will that change when Walter's father comes back into the picture?
Who doesn't love rooting for two awkward characters finding unconditional love? Purrrrrrrrrrrr.
A note from Su-sieee! Mac: It's the letter L at ABC Wednesday. I must apologize for only making a couple of K visits and very late in the week. I got wrapped up getting ready for our #23 anniversary party and then recouping afterwards. I'll be better this week, I shall. Onward we go. Please click here to check out other L posts by bloggers from around the world.
Thank you, ABCW team!