The other night I re-watched one of my favourite all-time films – Truly Madly Deeply. This is a film that I once owned a copy of on video way back in the 90s, and used to watch at least once a year. I had been thinking of it, and finally tracked down a copy on the internet about a year ago. Then an interesting thing happened, I chose not to watch it. It sat on the shelf and left me wondering why I was letting it gather dust after searching for it for so long. That’s when I realised that I was concerned that in re-watching it I would find it wasn’t as good as I remembered. But, cosying down on the couch to view it the other night, I was comforted to find that as I laughed and cryed and sighed my way through it, I still love it just as much as before.
This is why I think Truly Madly Deeply is the perfect film. Start with this..
* The Grief Scene (Nina talking to her counsellor about Jamie)
This moment is absolute perfection and I have never been able to get through it without sobbing myself – the depth of Nina’s grief at the loss of Jamie and her inability to move on from this is so tangible you just want to lean over and hug her.
* The Music
Truly wonderful – from the back ground music through to the moments that Jamie & Nina sing together, the tone of the film is portrayed perfectly. And it got me listening to Bach.
He arrives on Nina’s doorstep late one night and declares “I make decision, we go to Paris, make love for one week”, and produces two tickets – I just want to squeeze his cheeks, the wee sweetheart!
* The Gaggle of Ghosts
They sit up all night watching classic movies and discussing philosophy. As background characters they are really entrancing.
* Juliet Stevenson
In a way the character of Nina made it hard for me to find someone to share my life with, as the example set by the way she loves – so very intense and whole – left me wanting this and nothing less. I know movies aren’t real, but this is very much how I wanted true, deep love to be.
I just love everything he does, what a great actor. This role is certainly a little left-of-centre for him, and the moustache is a little on the naff side, but he’s marvellous none the less.
If you get the chance do watch it – I’m pretty sure you won’t regret it.