Counterfeit Letterboxd Season Challenge: Week 16: January 9th-15th
Spiritually Significant Week
I had read the Orson Welles quote. I was expecting sad. I got it. But I got more than that. The awful truth about ageing and relationships, shifting family dynamics and responsibilities.
There was also warmth and laughter, which I wasn't expecting. The relationship between Lucy and Barkley, but also between Barkley and Max. The final day that Lucy and Barkley have together. The kindness that they receive from strangers. Their conversations. Their bickering over which day they did what on their honeymoon. Their decision to stay at the hotel and enjoy themselves.
It is testimony to the script, and how well it was played, that sentimentalism was kept at bay. It also showed the value of treating a serious subject lightly. I thought it might be bleak and depressing. Instead, it was Lucy and Barkley's love for each other and their resoluteness throughout that will stay with me.