punch-drunk love (2002)
A love story tinged with a bit of the surreal.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson
Philip Seymour Hoffman
I absolutely adore this film. Paul Thomas Anderson is an amazing writer/director.
I have friends who are fanatical about Boogie Nights and Magnolia. While
I enjoy, respect and very highly recommend those films, I think this
ranks as my favorite PT Anderson film.
Barry begins the story as an awkward younger brother who doesn't know
where he fits in. He feels more comfortable in the shadows and when
he does emerge, sparks seem to fly (or glass breaks). Lena, through
her acceptance of him, shows him that he doesn't need to wonder where
he fits in anymore.
THINGS I LOVE
by Jeremy Blake. I love the blue and red/pink swatches of color on the
white background and the stripes that remind me of Looney Toons (even
though those were circles of essentially the same color - just go with
me on this). I love that these 2 colors are carried over into the film
- Barry's suit, Lena's wardrobe, the moving van, the warehouse wall,
everything. It is a romance after all ....
Emily Watson & Philip Seymour Hoffman. All fantastic. All perfect
for their roles.
Uncomfortableness. The person I went to see this movie with in the theater
was almost a wreck by the end - squirming just waiting for that 'something'
to happen that will break the tension.
and refraction of light and color throughout. Notice them - appreciate
them. The blue and pink bands or spots of light that appear in so many
of the scenes.
light and dark - closing and opening doors, blinding outside light,
bad fluorescent lighting, the sounds of light - humming, buzzing.
corridors and tunnels. The maze of hallways to get to Lena's apartment,
the corridors of the hotel, Barry walking through the tunnel to get
to the airplane.
that comes with love. Showing Barry's blossoming.
needs me" song
phones. The phone seems to be associated with trouble in Barry's life.
Notice that he carries it from his apartment to the office (when the
phone sex woman calls him back) and that he also carries the office
phone with him on his trip to the Mattress Man in Utah. I love that
he left the phone there - as if saying, my problems are now over.
phone call about the Healthy Choice airline miles promotion - the blue
& white wall to go with Barry's blue & white suit.
of the red SUV followed by the harmonium being put in the street. I
love the lighting - the dim morning light. Discuss symbolism of harmonium
if you want or just enjoy that it exists as a surreal element in the
film. I don't care.
store trip and the discovery of 99 cent 4 pack of Healthy Choice pudding.
Glaring lights, buzzing sound.
sitting, moving around while Barry is setting up the phone sex call.
I love the tension building.
his sister brings Lena to meet him. I love that their first "get
to know you" conversation is interrupted by the phone sex woman,
crash in the warehouse, and his sister badgering him about the psychiatrist.
The music is perfect - percussion driven - almost sounds like they should
be marching in a parade.
out of the restaurant. Barry in blue, Lena in pink/red. The swell of
the music. Spotlight on them. Beautiful.
running through the maze of hallways after Lena calls him at the front
desk - running back to her for his goodnight kiss.
dance of joy in the grocery store.
walking in the airport - going down the tunnel-like ramp to get onto
the plane - the bright light at the end that seems to swallow him up.
going on in the phone booth when Barry finally gets Lena on the phone
in the hotel lobby. The use of light and dark. Silhouettes of all the
people rushing around them. Their
passionate almost clumsy encounter and kiss.
reaching for Lena's hand in the hotel corridor - with a sort of unsure,
please love me feeling.
that Barry is staring at the curtain in the hospital and not at Lena.
Cool optical effect.
'That's that' scene. Loved it.
confession/declaration at Lena's door. I love the vibrant contrast of
her red shirt against his blue suit.
a piano in the street. - Lena
we used to call you 'gay boy' you'd get all mad? - Sister
like myself sometimes. Can you help me? - Barry
-Barry, I'm a dentist. - Walter, the Dentist
know if there is anything wrong because I don't know how other people
are. - Barry
going on a trip? - Lance
-No, I'm not; but airline mileage is like a currency these days. - Barry
You should go on a trip.
- Yeah, no thank you.
to go and eat tomorrow night. Do you
want to go with me? - Lena
-Sure. - Barry
Do you want to pick me up?
Can I write down my address and phone number for you?
bought all that pudding so that you could get frequent flyer miles?
-I know, yes. - Barry
wanted you to know - wherever you're going or whatever you're doing
right now - I want you to know that I wanted to kiss you just then.
is what you get when you're a pervert. - one of the Brothers
looks like Hawaii here. - Barry
have any business here. I came here for you. - Barry
Shut the fuck up! Shut up will you shut up! Shut Shut Shut Shut Shut
up! Shut up! - Mattress Man
do anything. I'm a nice man. I mind my own business. So you tell me
'That's that' before I beat the hell from you. I have so much strength
in me, you have no idea. I have a love in my life. It makes me stronger
than anything you can imagine. I would say 'That's that', Mattress Man.