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Date Posted: 19:41:51 12/10/08 Wed
Author: Icaredor
Subject: Re: thinking about MARY B
In reply to: Shuriken 's message, "thinking about MARY B" on 02:54:45 10/08/06 Sun

I don’t think this movie is about the two other girls (Paulie and Tori). Mouse is telling their story, yet the movie is telling Mouse’s story. In the wrap-around voice overs that Mouse does, the script conveys what the story is about, which is to show the emotional and behavioral consequence on a child of being deprived of love. Paulie has no love from her biological or adoptive parents. This makes her desperately dependent on Tori to meet her emotional needs. When Tori deserts her, Paulie’s soul sinks into darkness.
Mouse’s struggle becomes between the light, represented by her mother, and the darkness, represented by Paulie. The love that sustains Mouse comes from her parents, especially her mother. Mouse feels close to her father, but he increasingly neglects her. She is set adrift in the boarding school where Paulie (and Tori) ‘adopt’ her.
Mouse stays in contact with her mother’s spirit through her gardening with Joe. After the split with Tori, Paulie starts sliding into darkness and tries to pull Mouse in with her. Mouse resists this but when her father deserts her at the party, Mouse is so hurt that Paulie is able to suck her in for “dark noon.”
Mouse must make a choice: she either lets the loveless dark consumer her, the way it consumes Paulie, or she pulls herself back into the light. At the duel, Mouse makes her choice when she stops Paulie killing Jake. Her mother’s love was strong enough to save her. Paulie’s road inevitably ends with her falling into the blackness of death. Paulie’s death, however, is also symbolic of Mouse’s freedom. When Mouse makes the right choice, the darkness flies out of her life. It is banished by the love of her mother, which provides a beacon of light that guides Mouse for the rest of her life.

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