As you can imagine I do a lot of film watching. Small budget ones, indies, foreign films and some made for television.
With that said, I recently watched 5 to 7, a 2014-15 film about a young writer who has an affair with a married older woman. Cliche you might think. But not for this wonderfully written story with the most unexpected twists and turns. See my review here.
The trouble is, I can’t get the movie out of my head since the story is based around an author who was inspired to write his first novel about the woman he fell in love with, knowing that she was the one – for the rest of his life, even if he couldn’t have her – expressed so well through these quotes from the film:
Brian: I had a long time to consider the value of memory, and the idea that just because something doesn’t last forever doesn’t mean its worth is diminished. Maybe it was just a rationalization – easier on the soul than mourning what might have been – the life unlived. I honestly don’t know, but I chose to believe in memory. I chose to believe in her. I chose to believe that the bond was never broken and that we carried each other in our hearts. As a secret singularity. She made me a writer. She made me a man.
Brian: I don’t know if I’ll ever see her again. I don’t know if that’s a good thing, or a bad one. But I will promise you this. Your favorite story, whatever it might be, was written for one reader.
Jane: Look, if you wanna be a good writer then you can’t have a mediocre life.