Uncertainty

I remember the first time I saw Splendor in the Grass I cried hysterically. I saw it at a time in my life when the one relationship I thought I would be in forever had ended. I was at a crossroads and didn’t know who I was or what was going to happen. The uncertainty was torture, but that movie gave me hope despite how sad it was to watch.  All because of that one line:

Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass,

of glory in the flower;

We shall grieve not,

rather find strength in what remains behind.

We never know what might come our way, we don’t know the impact one moment in time can have on our lives. . . all we know is the uncertainty that will come. Here are few movies in our collection that illustrate just that principle.

Uncertainty begins with the flip of a coin on the Brooklyn Bridge, which in turn takes one couples’ lives in two different possible scenarios. Both Kate (Lynn Collins) and Bobby (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) ask themselves what life they want to have. One choice takes us on a fast-paced thriller ride after finding a cell phone in the back of their taxi that everyone seems to want. The other is a family drama surrounding a visit to Kate’s family home on July 4th. The director uses color as a way to differentiate between the two scenarios and makes the transitions between scenes effortless.

What starts out as a game of truth-or-dare as young children leads to heart-breaking truths and life-altering dares as Julien (Guillaume Canet) and Sophie (Marion Cotillard) enter into Continue reading “Uncertainty”