Saturday, March 29, 2008

THE DARJEELING LIMITED

Ok, this is one of my favorite movies. It's got that British humor thing, where in a serious moment they have to use humor; it's almost a defense mechanism..but, it works here. This is a deep movie that is funny, insightful and honest about our journey of passing through our parents. So much to unpack in this film. As a older brother of three, I could relate to this movie in a lot of ways. Each brother dealing with his own "baggage" that he is carrying...Dad's baggage, mom's issues and the challenge of letting go, discovery and accepting who you are and how life has a way of sorting that out in unplanned for ways. This is a rated R movie for language and a raw one night stand, that doesn't show anything but is dirty. But...even this part has its place to show the issues that often lie at the root of trysts, cheating and self-centered sexual encounters. Being used is part of the pain of self discovery at times. It tells us a lot about who we are and who we have not become yet and that women and men are users. This movie has a lot of quirkiness to it, which at first started to annoy me but then I saw how it played on the issue of how much we end up being like our parents in those small odd ways. The whole absent and fleeing mother issue in this movie was cathartic for me. It helped me see life from another angle...a woman who chooses to no longer be a mother. Not a bad thing...just a real thing. All in all...I think this movie helped me look at some of my own family baggage that I dont need to carry anymore.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. -Hebrews 12:1
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