By Jason R. Gray
Context is everything. Each encounter has the potential to be meaningful. Each passing glance could mean more. If only the timing were right. If only we were the right age, at the same place in our lives.
The romance of someplace else does not have to be a physical place. An emotional connection can be that place. The bond between lovers, strangers, passengers, can exist in motion, stillness, amongst a crowd or hidden under covers.
The following are films which take us to private places, within and without. Context. Two strangers in a strange land, finding a kinship in Tokyo, a refuge that would not have been apparent, back home. Sometimes we forget how to look at one another, until we reframe. When time is pressing, focus gets sharper, the comforts of routine fall away and anything becomes possible.
Time, memory, love and loss, the hazy fuzz, static and poetic blaze of the immediacy of human connection; of love’s first blush. When two people see, in each other, that undiscovered country to which others are blind. A safe haven, a secret refuge, no matter for how long, is a flame worth stoking. “Tell me one thing, more than this…”
1. Brief Encounter (Lean | 1945)
“This can’t last. This misery can’t last. I must remember that and try to control myself. Nothing lasts really. Neither happiness nor despair. Not even life lasts very long. There’ll come a time in the future when I shan’t mind about this anymore, when I can look back and say quite peacefully and cheerfully how silly I was. No, no, I don’t want that time to come ever. I want to remember every minute, always, always to the end of my days.”
Thursday. Thursday was their private Oasis. It was a place
From:: Taste Of Cinema