- Mar 2, 2006
- San Benito County, California
it was the closest thing to seeing my own life/memories/flashbacks of anything I've ever seen. Here is how effed up I am, it made me sad and angry (the usual) but it also made me miss my dad and think how he DID love us.This movie really spoke to me when it came out. It was hard to watch.
Some emotions are so complex they defy description. If I could describe how I feel about that, I could probably sell it to millions of people who have the same kinds of feelings.
It is kind of funny how the 'red pettus' part is in the film and how our young protagonist points his anger at him... that is a classic thing that people like us do. We are forever slaying the dragons of people who we think cannot or will not protect themselves.
I have a good friend who, when I lived in Colorado, we used to climb the 14ers and backpack and play music. On the trail, I'd always ask for free counseling and he'd laugh (I helped him with lots of stuff on his house and cars etc) and say it was fair trade.
In a solemn moment, he told me that I'd probably always be filled with anger and rage and my happiness and fulfillment probably hinged on my ability to recognize it, channel it and work through it and find a way to peace through forgiveness (which would be impossible because so many of the people who needed forgiveness were dead.)
Then he laughed and said, 'you are doing a pretty good job, but, you know, you have a LONG WAY to go' and he laughed again. And so, I work on it... failing often but succeeding often enough to think that by the time I pass, I'll have reached it.