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July 02, 2004

Before Sunset

I've always had a soft spot for Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise. Before Sunset follows up with the characters nine years later. A passage of interest from A. O. Scott's review in the NYT:

Can't these people just get to the point, you may find yourself wondering, stealing a glance at your watch. Can't they just say what they mean? Can you? Language, after all, is not just about points and meanings. It is a medium of communication, yes, but also of avoidance, misdirection, self-protection and plain confusion, all of which are among the themes of this movie, which captures a deep truth seldom acknowledged on screen or in books: people often talk because they have nothing to say.

I feel I can express myself more clearly in writing. But then there's not the give and take of conversation, the interaction of speaking in real time, of communicating with another person. But it can be hard to say what one means, especially if the subject is difficult, when something important is at stake. But what matters is that we try, because words aren't always the only things that can be expressed. Sometimes there aren't words. But there are still ways to talk to people about what we think and how we feel.

Yours, &c., LC | 02:05 PM | Film/TV | Comments (3)

Comments

in my life, i've had close friends who wanted to be more but didn't know how to express themselves. they were almost afraid that when they did, the sky would fall and the earth below them open to swallow them up. i'm not one who's forthright with words either - they don't always come out but then i write (like you) to express myself.

i would find it very hard to not express myself. i guess to me, it's a lot simpler than keeping it inside.

Posted by: stef at July 3, 2004 09:03 AM

I enjoy conversatings but I have difficulty expressing certain things: ideas flow more easily than the visceral. Writing helps me to express myself in both ways.

I agree, Lady Crumpet, what matters is that we try.

Posted by: GaelicGrl at July 5, 2004 09:07 AM

Oops! I meant *conversations* - it must have been too early for me!

Posted by: GaelicGrl at July 6, 2004 08:32 AM