sliding doors

19 Mar

James: What are you doing two weeks on Saturday?
Helen: Probably killing myself.
James: Excellent. What time does that finish? Do you like boats?

I think I’ve just accidentally discovered my fave romantic move. (Since I have the memory of a gold fish that statement should be taken cum grano salis.)

It’s witty (the British sort of humor, the best kind; ), it’s bitter and sad (u r guaranteed to well up a couple of times), and yet warm and heart-opening and funny  and it makes you think of things. It’s called Sliding Doors (1998) and…well, I like it. It has a double ending and actually it’s almost as if you are watching two movies at the same time.

It has a bit of everything, including a recurring reference to Monty Python (all hail!) and Dido playing during the closing credits.
Go see.

P.S. I heart John Hannah. (I’m such a goose, I know)


Posted by on March 19, 2011 in filme, jurnal


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9 responses to “sliding doors

  1. Bogdan

    March 19, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    E, daca face trimitere la Monty Python, tb, vazut neaparat.

    Exista cuvantul “romantic” in dictionarul tau personal??? As fi bagat mana in foc ca… :P

    Deci dupa lalele, nici cu trandafirii nu am nimerit? :))

  2. radu

    March 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    indeed miss goose, that romantic move… that would be impossible to ignore.

  3. Cristina

    March 20, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    si mie mi-a placut, dar nu pentru ca este romantic, ci pentru ca se joaca, in maniera kieslowskiana, cu posibilele variante ale realitatii.
    si este unul din primele, dupa filmul lui Kieslowski, ‘Blind Chance’, care face un astfel de joc postmodern.

    and, hell, yes, today Helen’s line is my religion.

    altfel spus, sa nu te uiti la ‘Knight and Day’, ultimul film cu Tom Cruise si Cameron Diaz. ;-) se vrea un fel de romantic action film, dar reuseste sa se joace cu pattern-ul hollywoodian al romance-ului intr-un fel care este revoltator. nu stiu daca l-ai vazut, dar mie mi-a dat impresia de remake of video games. of course, Cruise is the hero, undefeatable. Feministele cred ca au sarit pe regizor dupa filmul asta, and they have their point. degeaba o da la intors finalul, nu m-a convins.
    anyway, it is a must not see. :))

    • Sheherzadah

      March 20, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      trebuie neaparat sa vad ceva de Kieslowski. mi-am propus de ceva vreme, dar am uitat intre timp. imi place ca nu mai poti vedea un film la modul ignorant-inocent (ca mine; )). mi-a placut si mie jocul, dar, ca de obicei, cand imi place un film tare de tot ma identific mult cu personajele (sau invers? ma identific si de aia imi place? nu mai stiu) si abia dupa ce reusesc sa ies din vraja asta incep sa gandesc (desi uneori nu reusesc sa ajung la stadiul asta; ))

      • Cristina

        March 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm

        yes, Kieslowski is a master, one of the best, si interviurile cu el sunt dovada ca era foarte constient de ce facea, dar lasa si foarte mult spatiu improvizatiei si trairii.
        daca vrei sa incepi cu ceva, start with The Decalogue. cred ca te-ar si ajuta, narativ vorbind, in scris, nu stiu de ce cred asta. :) 1,5,7 – sunt episoadele mele preferate. Then, move to Blue, din Trilogia culorilor. Este preferatul meu de la Kieslowski, cred ca cel mai bun film al lui, foarte emotional, cu o coloana sonora grea, grava, impecabila, care se brodeaza foarte usor in film. You can skip The Double Life of Veronica, but watch Blind Chance if you like Sliding Doors.

        cat despre trama narativa, ca sa folosesc un termen cu care ne-au innebunit in anul 3 sau 4 la literatura comparata :))), cred ca este inevitabil sa nu te identifici cu personajele intr-o poveste care are ca main plot a romantic story. and, thanks god, most of them have it. :) si eu ma identific destul de usor, nu scapa nimeni, fii pe pace. :) si cred ca nici nu prea avem cum sa scapam dat fiind ca the recurrence of romantic plots in films, ads, etc represents our constant longing for utopia. asta spun multe studii sociologice. nicely put, isn’t it? :)
        so, just as in your other post: ‘you can check out anytime you like but you can….’ :))

        • Sheherzadah

          March 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm

          am notat. cred ca saptamana viitoare va fi saptamana Kieslowski pt mine: )). desi am cam luat-o razna cu cititul despre genocidul din Rwanda si deja ma simt vinovata daca fac altceva in afara de asta: ).

          trauma narativa: )). asa o sa ii zic de acum inainte. daaa, tin minte cum repetam asta ca o mantra in facultate; ).

          okay, time to go read stuff.

          PS constant longing for utopia – nicely put indeed!

  4. Cristina

    March 23, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    si apropo de alternative endings, ai vazut The Fountain de Aronofsky?
    l-am vazut acum cateva zile si eram foarte curioasa cum/daca ti-a placut.


  5. Sheherzadah

    March 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    am vazut. inca nu stiu daca mi-a placut. the jury is still out on that: )

  6. Mircea

    April 10, 2011 at 9:12 pm


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