There are so many reasons to love this movie. It is a strange tale full of surprises and twists that makes one think about their mortality, life choices and upbringing in a really powerful and sexy way. This scene is probably not too far from what happens in the lives of plenty of people.
This is also one of my favorite movie moments -- the scene that not only reminds us that getting old sucks, but also that we may have to work all our lives to support our families doing something we don't really love doing, our spouses may grow tired of us, our parents have at one time embarrassed us... and our kids think we're crazy but that even a totally unrealistic fantasy can give you the energy and inspiration to change your life.
And my favorite scene, the way he describes the dance of this paper bag in the wind... their young love is the thing of envy, the very thing they all wanted. The least likely people that weren't even looking for it~ got true love.
"It was one of those days, when it's a minute away from snowing, and there's this electricity in the air. You can almost hear it, right? And this bag was just dancing with me, like a little kid begging me to play with it, for fifteen minutes.
That's the day I realized there was this entire life behind things, and this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video's a poor excuse, I know, but it helps me remember. I need to remember.
Sometimes there is so much... beauty... in the world, I feel like I can't take it, and my heart is just going to cave in."
In a world gone mad, where affairs are commonplace as a way to get through the day, thank goodness for neighbors with good weed and daughters with beautiful friends.
Watch American Beauty and enjoy the snow Seattle