Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The Straight Story

I was thinking again about the film 'The Straight Story', by David Lynch, from which the title of my blog comes. It's based on a true story, about a guy named Alvin Straight. He drove an old lawnmower 240 miles across Iowa, in order to visit his brother who had suffered a stroke. He was elderly and ill himself, which is why he was unable to drive a car and had to use a lawnmower. He hadn't spoken to his brother for years and wanted to seek forgiveness and make ammends.

The film shows his 6 week journey across rural America and how he is eventually re-united with his brother. It is one of the most simple, yet powerful films i have seen and portrays the beauty of love and forgiveness, especially when it's expressed in unusual ways. This is tenderness which is as abstract as insanity, as David Lynch himself said. Considering the fact that my blog title uses this quote, i thought the film was finally worth a mention.

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