Dependent Origination

On Golden Pond

Posted on: December 30, 2011

It is a beautiful movie. The opening sequences had my breath taken away. The spirit of nature and freedom, so full of life. It was the Squam Lake in New Hampshire, near White Mountain. I want to have a summer house there too!

Both Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn got Oscar for their roles. I like Henry Fonda’s role, so moody, so cantankerous, but funny in a sense and you can see fear in his eyes. On the other hand, I think Katherine Hepburn is over-acting — at times I cannot even look at her — even at the famous parts for example, you are my knight in shining armor, etc, etc — I feel like she is a stage actor, there is too much acting, too hard, not something I can even appreciate. And Jane Fonda, I think when i was younger, or in teenager years, I thought she was pretty. But now, except her body, I don’t see where her beauty is. Errr a bit disappointing.

All in all, it is a nice movie about mortal life and eternal love. In fact, one sentence feels like light to me. Ethel said to Norman, you are the sweetest man in the world but only I know it. It reveals the answer to my previous question why some people can accept a worse self in a seemingly bad marriage — it is love made them so. In love, or in the fear of loneliness, we seek company and we see the other’s shining points and we try to help them. It is a different view point from outside world — in the outside world, we evaluate based on merit, or shortcomings. In love, we say let me help you. It is the giving that is sustaining the love, the marriage, and the world. How noble and gracious.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

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