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Date Posted: 18:21:48 05/04/09 Mon
Author: Alex Wood
Subject: Re: Brightness
In reply to: Icaredor 's message, "Brightness" on 15:08:12 05/02/09 Sat

You make a good point. I also love the "brightness" business just because it's so strange and memorable.

>Here is an extract from the L&D script that I didn’t
>see the significance of originally, but now think
>supports the notion that Paulie needs Tori’s love, in
>part, to substitute for a mother’s love.
>As Tori gets ready for her first date with Jake, she
>and Paulie have an unpleasant verbal exchange. After
>Tori leaves, Paulie says to Mary,
>“That brightness – eh? – in her eyes.
>That brightness, like my fake mother’s,
>that brightness when she lies.”
>Earlier in the movie, Paulie describes her adoptive
>mother, Janet, at the end of the letter to her “blood”
>mother. “P.S. Janet…my fake mother…she smiles without
>her eyes and her hands are cold.”
>Judy Thompson explicitly shows that this connection
>between Tori and mothers exists (subconsciously?) in
>Paulie’s mind. As her relationship with Tori begins to
>unravel, Paulie feels the emotion coming from Tori
>shifting from the warmth supplied by a real mother to
>the “chilly” tolerance she receives from her adoptive
>mother.

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