Ever so often, my desire to delve deep into the annals of moviedom to find gems of meaning and grit abandons me. I just don't seem to have the energy or will to invest in new stories at those moment.
What drives me, when in this state, is a yearning for the known; a continuous inner summons to sip from the familiar.
So, I portend to start a new little ditty on this here blog talking about why I find certain films familiar and comforting. Today: Away We Go.
What's lovely about this movie is that our two protagonists are lovely. And they are lovely because they love each other with all their being.
The main characters of this small film are surrounded by a slew of questions. Most pertinent of the quandaries, and the impetus for the filmic adventure, is the need to find a new home. Through the various cities and set pieces (people included) we get no answers. We are merely given more questions. The ideal appears unattainable.
What makes the movie stick is that these two love birds deal with a realistic desperation by clinging to what they know to be true. Inside the scope of the film, all that our hopeless-and-full protagonists can be confident of is their love for each other and their unborn daughter. That is sufficient. It has to be.
In my own marriage, I'd like to emulate my passion in such a manner as they do. They live out love, not merely speak it as the legions of Romeos and Juliets do. It's love in action. Yippeekayaay.
The film also has a sense of wander and wonder that feels actual to me. It doesn't feel like a story -- it feels like my life. I've grown to ponder, every New Year's Eve, where I'll be pondering on the next New Year's Eve. Lately, though, these last few years, I haven't had the slightest clue. Away we go.
Perhaps, when I speak of comfort films, what I mean to communicate is that there are places, inside the scope of certain stories, where I feel safe. It's like going back to that early memory of being loved by your parents as a child. A bright morning sun on a spring day before there was such a thing as school. This couple in Away We Go, they just seem like people that one could spend a very relaxing evening with -- knowing that even if something crazy were to happen, or if someone says something out of line, it'll be handled fair enough, and the world will go on merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily...