Tuesday, November 27, 2007

At the Foot of the Ngong Hills

One night, I walk into my mother’s room to let her know I’ve arrived safely. She’s lying in bed under the covers, with the cat on her chest. She’s picking on her cuticles and crying.

“Mom” I say “are you OK?”

“Ugh” she responds, trying to breathe. “I’m O.K. It’s just that this movie is so, so sad”.

I turn to look at the television screen, and see words and a movie title.

“Mom” I tell her, “it hasn’t even started”.

“I know” she says, sobbing now. “But I’ve already seen it”.


Anonymous said...

I once made a list of what I consider to be the saddest movies ever made, as follows:
Nicholas and Alexandra
Out of Africa (the one you refer to)
Good Morning, Vietnam
Gorillas in the Mist
The Way we Were
The Last Emperor
The Postman Always Rings Twice
(second version, Nicholson and Lange)
The Wind and the Lion
Lawrence of Arabia
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Robin and Marian
Lion of the Desert
Breaker Morant

I invite your bloggers, especially Miguel Cane, to add their choices.

Dushka said...

I thought The Elephant Man was terribly sad (but I haven't seen it in years), and The English Patient. And what about Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?

Miguel Cane said...

Okay! I am game!

In no particular order:
*Sophie's Choice
*The Hours
*On the beach
*Robin & Marian
*A delicate balance
*The Trojan Women
*A Kind of Loving
*The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
*Women in Love
(I love this opne but it's so sad!)
*The Go-Between
*Splendour in the Grass
*Suddenly Last Summer
*El Cumpleaños del Perro
*Retrato de una mujer casada
*The Hunger
*Belle de Jour
*The Night Porter
*La Pasión Según Berenice
*Trois Coleurs: Bleu
*The English Patient
*The Innocents

And two special favorites:

Don't Look Now and Ordinary People They open the waterworks like gangbusters!!!

Much love to all!

And thanks!!!