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Date Posted: 07:19:52 03/10/10 Wed
Author: jesse (calm)
Subject: brightness

There may be all kinds of meaning underlying the script and i think that indeed the link to maternal love is correct.
But i think the quality of this movie rests for a great part on how the director and actors, and especially piper perabo have interpreted what's in the script.
No matter how brilliantly this movie would have been directed, if paulie would have been played badly the movie would suck and the other way round: although i find that in many ways the movie is seriously flawed, mostly because piper plays paulie in such a convincing way, this has become a great movie.

I haven't read 'the wives of bath' but i know that the paulie there is supposed to be a darker character. Even a bit evil maybe.

I think that piper perabo's interpretation of paulie is totally different though.
Her paulie is, i think as well a very strong as a very vulnerable person. Innocent almost, as a baby.
That's what i see is the function of the falcon in the movie at first: The fact that she manages to gain this birds trust, that she doesn't get bitten as she aproaches this predator, is an illustration of as well her devotion as her total innocence.

So when it comes to this 'brightness' passage, i also think that piper perabo put's an extra layer into her character that is more important than the theme of maternal love.
It is not so much what she says as well HOW she says it. She says it in a very loving way wich shows that A- she knows tory through and through, including all her weaknesses. And B- in spite of all this weaknesses and even when she lies, paulie still loves tory unconditionally.

And i think that it is especially this that makes paulie spiral downwards to a state of being as the title says, totally lost and even a bit delerious: When mary talks to the gardener about how people change, she is talking about paulie, but it could apply just as much and even more, to tory. Tory, the love of her life and on as sayd the only source of love for her, the one she knows so well, from one moment to the next becomes like different person. She betrays paulie. she even spreads story's about paulie being more or less a scary stalker. Not only is the love suddenly gone, but she even deny's in a sense that it ever existed.

To paulie this must be totally incomprehensable. To paulie, it must be tory who's realy lost and delirious.

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